Results 221–240 of 800 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stewart McDonald

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: [5th Allotted Day] (9 Jan 2019)

Stewart McDonald: The Scottish Government have for quite some time made known a number of concerns they have about the agreement. Since December, when the UK Government cancelled the debate to go away and listen, what has changed in the agreement to make the Scottish Government support it?

Armed Forces: Angus — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (8 Jan 2019)

Stewart McDonald: The Minister will know that during the independence referendum campaign, the Ministry of Defence made two promises about Scotland. It promised 12,500 regular personnel based in Scotland—the Government are way off that target at the minute—and a frigate factory based on the Clyde, which still has not appeared. When does he expect those promises to be fulfilled?

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Further to that point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. As I think you know, I have the greatest of respect for you, but it occurs to me from what you have just said that the hon. Member for Chelmsford (Vicky Ford) can just come here, as she has done, make stuff up and then nothing happens. There has to be consequence for that. [Interruption.]

Bill Presented: EU Withdrawal Agreement (18 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Will the public not find it strange that the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union has been asked to come here to talk about a Council meeting that he did not even attend?

Modernising Defence Programme (18 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement. When the modernising defence programme was announced over a year ago, it was supposed to be a sustainable and affordable defence settlement. It fails on both of those challenges. It is of course welcome that the Secretary of State managed to announce some pots of funding today, but the £1.8 billion he references is only for...

Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I am reluctant to raise this point of order, having spoken to you about it at the side of the Chair earlier. I should say that I have given the hon. Member for Bolsover (Mr Skinner), who is the subject of the point of order, advance notice of it by email and, a few minutes ago, in person. During proceedings earlier, when the Leader of the Opposition was...

Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Seventy years ago, at the beginning of 1948, Czechoslovakia stood as the only democracy in eastern Europe. By the end of that 12-month period, it had slipped into becoming a totalitarian satellite state of the Soviet Union—not by force, but instead by political actors who casually discarded democracy as the days turned by. All of which was, of course, egged on by the power of a foreign...

Exiting the European Union: Meaningful Vote (11 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Parliament is finally starting to assert itself, and rightly so. I welcome any opportunity to highlight the miserable failings of this Government, but this debate today is no substitute for a vote of no confidence. We have a Government who have gone from dying on their feet to quite literally dying on their knees by the hour. This is not the time for pusillanimous opposition from the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Income Tax (11 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: The lowest paid members of the armed forces stationed in Scotland pay less in tax than their counterparts elsewhere in the UK, so why will the Chancellor not stand up for the lowest paid members of the armed forces, either by giving them a tax cut to match their counterparts in Scotland or by giving them a proper pay rise?

EU Exit: Article 50 (10 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: At the weekend, the Secretary of State said that the vote this week would definitely be happening, and in response to my hon. and learned Friend the Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry) he wrongly said that the Commission had taken the same view as the Government in the article 50 case. Either he is auditioning for a minor part in an Orwell production, or he is hopelessly out of...

Business of the House (10 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: rose—

Business of the House (10 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: As they say in Glasgow, the game’s a bogey. When the Government are scared of their own shadow, they do not deserve to be in office. Given that a confidence vote is surely inevitable in the not-too-distant future, can the Leader of the House confirm that there is no parliamentary instrument or trickery that she can deploy on behalf of the Government to prevent that from taking place when it...

Exiting the European Union (10 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: The art of diplomacy is known as allowing someone else to have your way. Given that failure on the Government’s part, when a Government cannot get through their central piece of legislation, should they not stand aside? If they do not, should not the Leader of the Opposition table a no-confidence motion? I suspect that if the Prime Minister were sitting where the right hon. Member for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman says that he hopes that his right hon. Friend the Prime Minister will continue to see the deal through, but of course only he knows whether that is going to be the case—so can he enlighten us?

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I commend the open nature of my right hon. Friend’s speech, in stark contrast to the capricious and solipsistic nonsense from the former Foreign Secretary, the right hon. Member for Uxbridge and South Ruislip (Boris Johnson). Will my right hon. Friend join me in calling on the Government, even at this late stage, to drop the charge they intend to impose on EU nationals to keep rights they...

European Union (Withdrawal) Act: 1st Allotted Day (4 Dec 2018)

Stewart McDonald: This feels like the fall of the ancien régime this afternoon—[Interruption.] No, I think the right hon. Member for Derbyshire Dales (Sir Patrick McLoughlin) was there. May I take the Prime Minister back to the bit that I think was supposed to be the Scotland part of this speech, on devolved Administrations? The Scottish Parliament will not be interested in Ministers making day trips to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU (28 Nov 2018)

Stewart McDonald: What recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the effect on Scotland of the UK leaving the EU.


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