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Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: ...changed Scotland for the better. Just imagine what we could do with the powers of independence. Scottish Governments of different political affiliations have implemented policies that have led to a fairer, more equal Scotland. In fact, often they are mitigating the damaging policies of the UK Government. A good example of that is the Scottish child payment, which has been welcomed by...

Backbench Business: World Menopause Day — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (27 Oct 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: ...that we consider looking at making menopause a protected characteristic—that we look at reasonable adjustments. From my point of view, bravo to the Scottish Government for their focus on fair work. There will be another action plan shortly, focused on fair work—with focus on women and those over 50. It would be interesting to hear where the UK Government are on that. I know it is...

Cabinet Office: Government Responsibility for the Union and Intergovernmental Relations (27 Oct 2022)

Brendan O'Hara: ...people gave last year, when they elected a pro-independence majority Government with a commitment to holding a referendum. Does he agree with what my hon. Friend the Member for East Renfrewshire (Kirsten Oswald) said: that a Prime Minister who was rejected by his own party members but subsequently put into office, unelected, by the MPs on the Government Benches, denying the wishes of the...

Women and Equalities: Cost of Living: Women in the Workplace (26 Oct 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: ...making a choice not to do those things. That is a real contrast with the Scottish Government’s recent “Building a New Scotland” paper, which sets out how an independent Scotland would deliver fair working practices. Why do this Tory Government support inequality in the workplace?

Cabinet Office: Food Prices (14 Jul 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: Aberdeen Financial Fairness Trust and Bristol University have tracked the fortunes of UK households since the beginning of the pandemic. They report that one in six UK households is suffering serious financial difficulties, and the situation is getting worse. Many households have reduced the quality of the food they eat, sold possessions or cancelled insurance to help them to cope. Single...

50 Years of Pride in the UK (30 Jun 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: ...coincide with Pride month. There is much to be positive about. We can see positive progress, but while we keep moving forward, we need to reflect. For me, the unstinting focus of Nicola Sturgeon on fairness and equality is very welcome in that context. We heard from the First Minister this week about our route to independence, and in her speech she once again made the point that the...

Legal Recognition of Non-binary Gender Identities — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (23 May 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: ...normal and unremarkable thing to accept people for who they are. We should not have to hear othering comments and we should not hear portrayals of non-binary people as a threat—that is not fair, helpful or accurate. I am uncomfortable with the notion expressed by the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge (Miriam Cates) that this is something we should consider in the context of its...

Fairness at Work and Power in Communities (12 May 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: ...of measures of substance to help people in challenging times, we have a Queen’s Speech of missed opportunities. We do not have anything that seriously addresses the themes of today’s debate, fairness at work and power in communities. Of course, if the UK Government had any interest in delivering fairness at work or properly thinking about the future of work, the long-promised...

School Rebuilding Programme: Parental Leave and Pay (22 Mar 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: ...for the tone with which the Minister always approaches such matters, but I do not think that there is any getting away from the fact that we are not where we need to be on action to deliver fairness and proper support. In conclusion, if the UK Government will not deal properly with this and deliver the employment Bill that we have long been promised to achieve fair work across all these...

Gender Recognition Act — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (21 Feb 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: ...and protections that women and girls have under the Equality Act 2010. In fact, if we look at the world beyond this place, it has never been more important for all of us to stand up for equality, fair treatment and human rights. Indeed, Engender, Scotland’s feminist policy organisation, has also been clear that making the process easier will not impinge negatively on women’s rights. I...

Islamophobia Awareness Month — [Peter Dowd in the Chair] (24 Nov 2021)

Kirsten Oswald: ...today that make me think that I need to emphasise that point. I live in a fantastically religiously diverse community. I live in a country where there is a lot of work going into delivering fairness and social justice and stamping out racism in all its forms, but we do not have a magic wand. We cannot wish away the reality that Islamophobia remains and is an issue in Scotland just as it is...

Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome — [David Mundell in the Chair] (1 Nov 2021)

Kirsten Oswald: ...talking about my experience of menstrual irregularity, ranging from nothing at all to a full, continuous six months of periods, which was both debilitating and, frankly, somewhat concerning. It is fair to say that these are the kind of challenges that women would really rather do without. We heard about the irregular nature of fertility, including irregular ovulation, or no ovulation,...

Backbench Business: Violence against Christians: Central African Countries — [Rushanara Ali in the Chair] (23 Sep 2021)

Kirsten Oswald: ...topic is not given a wider airing. I am very grateful to my constituents for their continued engagement on this issue. I know that the ability of Christians to practise their religion freely and fairly across the world is a matter of real significance, and should be of concern to people across Scotland, the UK and the world. There is no doubt that we would be right to remain deeply...

Definition of Islamophobia — [Mrs Sheryll Murray in the Chair] (9 Sep 2021)

Kirsten Oswald: ..., but we must also look hard at ourselves and recognise the reality that much progress remains to be made. A big driver in my support of independence is the opportunity for equality, respect and fairness to be the building blocks of the country. However, as we move to that, we need to act. That is why the adoption of this definition, and action, matter. I recently had a very useful...

Social Justice and Fairness Commission (21 Jul 2021)

Kirsten Oswald: .... The small number of participants has made the debate a little bit more interactive than many of us are used to. I am also very grateful to all who were involved in the Social Justice and Fairness Commission for the huge amounts of work that they put in. This all comes down to what the right future for Scotland is, and that is obviously a decision for the people in Scotland to take. It is...

EU Settlement Scheme (7 Jul 2021)

Iain Stewart: ...resolution centre, which is open seven days a week for telephone and email inquiries. The hon. Member for Glasgow North East (Anne McLaughlin), in replying to the debate, asked a perfectly fair question about other examples of what might be deemed a “reasonable ground” for a late application. I am happy to tell her that the Home Office has published a non-exhaustive list of 17 pages...

Pride Month (1 Jul 2021)

Kirsten Oswald: ...preferably yesterday. I cannot wait for the referendum, which we will be having soon. I want Scottish independence because I believe we can have a more equal, open country. Crucial to that is being fair. My Scottish National party colleagues will know the following quote, which was popularised by Alasdair Gray and is inscribed on the wall outside the Scottish Parliament: “Work as if you...

Detention of Jagtar Singh Johal (30 Jun 2021)

Kirsten Oswald: ...on at least three of the charges levelled against him. Forced confession, allegedly extracted through torture, is the primary evidence on which these death penalty charges are based, so his fair trial rights have been gravely violated and detention is clearly arbitrary. Despite the fact that the UK Government’s policy is to lobby for the release of arbitrarily detained British nationals...

Debate on the Address: Better Jobs and a Fair Deal at Work (12 May 2021)

Kirsten Oswald: ...the inequality that hampers the future of so many will simply get worse because of that. For instance, pregnant women and new parents still have no protection from widespread discrimination and unfair redundancy, which even this Government have accepted exists. Maternity Action says that pregnant women and new mothers are facing a wave of unfair redundancies this year. Why will the...

Redundancy Protection: Women and New Parents (28 Apr 2021)

Kirsten Oswald: ...taking action due to employment law being reserved to Westminster. Without power over employment law, Scotland is not able to legislate to protect women and new parents from discrimination and unfair redundancy. Scotland should not have to wait for Westminster to act to prevent widespread redundancy discrimination, and I look forward to the time when we do not have to do so. However,...


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