Results 281–300 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

Agriculture Bill (10 Oct 2018)

Stewart McDonald: During the recess a constituent of mine was in a care home and saw a poster that said: “Rationing means a fair share for all of us”. Does my hon. Friend think that was nostalgia or forward planning?

Salisbury Update (5 Sep 2018)

Stewart McDonald: A regime that is intent on committing murder around the world will inevitably make mistakes, and the extraordinary work of the police and security services that the Prime Minister has outlined has only punctured the myth of Putin’s omnipotence. I have two specific questions. First, without having to go into the detail, will the Prime Minister assure the House that the Government are pulling...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Given that the Minister is now a Defence Minister, I hope he will be able to help me. What was the promise made by the then Defence Secretary, now the Chancellor, during the independence referendum on troop numbers in Scotland? How far off target are the Government right now?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: It is interesting to follow the shadow Minister. He has been a Member of the House for a year and personally I get on with him incredibly well outside the Chamber, but he is a shadow Scotland Office Minister and, in the 10-minute speech he just gave on strengthening the Union, he did not put forward one single policy on how he sees the Union being strengthened. Instead, we were treated to a...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I will give way to the hon. Gentleman shortly, but I want to get into the crux of what I am going to say first. I will be generous to the Minister who will be summing up, the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, the hon. Member for Pudsey (Stuart Andrew). I congratulate him on his appointment to the defence procurement portfolio. He has been a kind and honourable Member in the time I have...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I agree that the hon. Gentleman believes that to be the case. I am afraid I do not believe that to be the case. Like him, I see too many injustices delivered by the British state through the welfare system, the rape clause, the provisions that affect the WASPI women—I am sure he meets many of them in his constituency—so I do not buy his argument. I just think it is a shame he has become...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: No, I will not give way because I want to make some progress. I want to quote a former Glasgow Member—the Independent Labour party Member of Parliament for Glasgow Bridgeton—the late, great Jimmy Maxton, who was born in Pollokshaws in my constituency. In a speech, he said: “I believe we can achieve more for the Scottish people within five years in a Scottish Parliament than in 25 or 30...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: How can I say no after quoting the hon. Gentleman’s constituency slogan?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I am willing to accept that entirely, but that does not mean I have to stop arguing for it. Indeed, it was the hon. Gentleman’s party leader in Scotland who said it was legitimate, and even honourable, for the Scottish National party to continue advocating Scotland’s independence, and that is what I intend to do. I hope to turn the hon. Gentleman’s constituency around. I note that he...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: The hon. Gentleman is in a unique position, as is the hon. Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont), who is sitting on the Bench behind him. They left the Scottish Parliament to come to this Parliament, but even with that in mind—I add it purely for information— the hon. Member for Moray (Douglas Ross) is entirely entitled to raise any issue he wishes to, whether it is...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Perhaps I can help the hon. Gentleman. I know he believes what I am saying to be sincere. I do not believe that any of those individuals had their picture taken with the banner. Indeed, this was a march of many, many thousands of people. I only wish that more people had moved to get those responsible out—I understand that some did— and I certainly hope that they do not turn up again, but...

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: May I just say to the hon. Gentleman that he is many things; a piece of scum is not one of them. I would deprecate that banner and, as I am sure he knows, the decent majority also deprecates that banner. The sooner that it is caught, melted down, recycled or whatever, the better.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: What exactly have UK Departments rushed to devolve that they should not have devolved? [Interruption.]

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I do not dispute whether or not what the hon. Gentleman is saying is correct, but that is just a ridiculous reason to ask people not to vote for Scottish independence—it is madness.

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: We hear a lot about this centralisation issue. Why was it that, when the Scottish Government brought in the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill, the Scottish Conservative party abstained?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: May I take the hon. Gentleman back to his point about elections? What happened to the Conservative party in 2017? Did it lose its majority and does it now have to rely on another party to get things through Parliament?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: I am always grateful to debate this issue with the hon. Gentleman. I have asked him to do this before, and I hope he will do it this evening. Will he support the UK Government now reimbursing the squaddies in other parts of the UK who are paying more tax than frontline squaddies based in Scotland?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bill Presented: Strengthening the Union (23 Jul 2018)

Stewart McDonald: Will my hon. Friend enlighten the House as to why she thinks that account has deleted that tweet?


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