Oaths and Affirmations

– in the Scottish Parliament on 7th May 2003.

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Photo of George Reid George Reid None

I declare the second session of the Scottish Parliament, from 2003 to 2007, duly constituted. The only item of business this morning is members' oaths and affirmations. I will call each member in turn, starting with the party leaders and continuing thereafter alphabetically. When a member is called, they should proceed to the well of the chamber, where they will either take the oath or make the affirmation.

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Mr Jack McConnell (Motherwell and Wishaw) (Lab)

Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party

On behalf of my colleagues, I reaffirm that the Scottish National Party's primary loyalty is to the people of Scotland, in the constitutional tradition of the sovereignty of the people.

The following members took the oath:

Mr John Swinney (North Tayside) (SNP)

David McLetchie (Edinburgh Pentlands) (Con)

Mr Jim Wallace (Orkney) (LD)

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Robin Harper (Lothians) (Green)

Photo of Robin Harper Robin Harper Green

On behalf of the Scottish Green Party, I affirm that our priority will be to serve the people of Scotland, who are sovereign in this land.

Photo of Tommy Sheridan Tommy Sheridan SSP

Before making the affirmation, I would like to state that I and my party colleagues were elected on a clear and honest commitment to an independent socialist Scotland—a socialist republic—and a Scotland of citizens, not a Scotland of subjects. We will continue to fight for such a society.

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Tommy Sheridan (Glasgow) (SSP)

Brian Adam (Aberdeen North) (SNP)

Ms Wendy Alexander (Paisley North) (Lab)

Shiona Baird (North-East Scotland) (Green)

Chris Ballance (South of Scotland) (Green)

Mark Ballard (Lothians) (Green)

Scott Barrie (Dunfermline West) (Lab)

Sarah Boyack (Edinburgh Central) (Lab)

Rhona Brankin (Midlothian) (Lab)

Robert Brown (Glasgow) (LD)

Bill Butler (Glasgow Anniesland) (Lab)

The following members took the oath:

Bill Aitken (Glasgow) (Con)

Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton) (Lab)

Mr Richard Baker (North-East Scotland) (Lab)

Mr Ted Brocklebank (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

Photo of Ms Rosemary Byrne Ms Rosemary Byrne SSP

Before I make the affirmation, I would like to make a short statement that I do so under duress. I was elected by the people of the South of Scotland as their representative in the Scottish Parliament. I am a socialist. I believe in equality. We are all Jock Tamson's bairns—we are all equal and we should not need to take an oath. However, they are a means to an end: an independent socialist republic.

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Ms Rosemary Byrne (South of Scotland) (SSP)

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

Before I call the next member, I remind people in the public gallery that no interruption of any kind can be made from the gallery. I am afraid that those who do so may be asked to leave.

Photo of Dennis Canavan Dennis Canavan Independent

I believe in the sovereignty of the people of Scotland rather than the sovereignty of any monarch. However, in order to represent the people who elected me, the law requires me to go through this ritual. I make the following affirmation under protest.

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Dennis Canavan (Falkirk West)

Malcolm Chisholm (Edinburgh North and Leith) (Lab)

The following member took the oath:

Cathie Craigie (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth) (Lab)

Photo of Bruce Crawford Bruce Crawford Scottish National Party

Before I take the oath, I would like to say that my primary allegiance lies with the people of Scotland. I believe them to be sovereign.

The following member took the oath:

Bruce Crawford (Mid Scotland and Fife) (SNP)

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

Because I believe in the sovereignty of the people of Scotland, I make this affirmation under protest.

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Roseanna Cunningham (Perth) (SNP)

Photo of Frances Curran Frances Curran SSP

In a democracy I should not be forced, under protest, to take an oath of allegiance to an unelected monarch. I represent the people of the West of Scotland and I will continue to stand for an independent, socialist republic.

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Frances Curran (West of Scotland) (SSP)

Susan Deacon (Edinburgh East and Musselburgh) (Lab)

Mrs Margaret Ewing (Moray) (SNP)

Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP)

The following members took the oath:

Ms Margaret Curran (Glasgow Baillieston) (Lab)

Mr David Davidson (North-East Scotland) (Con)

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton (Lothians) (Con)

Helen Eadie (Dunfermline East) (Lab)

Fergus Ewing (Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber) (SNP)

Patricia Ferguson (Glasgow Maryhill) (Lab)

Alex Fergusson (Galloway and Upper Nithsdale) (Con)

Ross Finnie (West of Scotland) (LD)

Photo of Colin Fox Colin Fox SSP

Before reading the affirmation, I wish to make a short statement. As a socialist, I make the affirmation to the Crown under protest. I would like to offer some words of the national poet, Robert Burns:

"A prince can mak a belted knight"—

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

I am sorry, but there is no singing in Parliament—

Photo of Colin Fox Colin Fox SSP

"A marquis, duke, and a' that;

But an honest man's aboon his might,

Gude faith he mauna fa' that!"

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

I am sorry, but if you are not prepared to take the oath, you will have to wait until the end of the queue—

Photo of Colin Fox Colin Fox SSP

"For a' that, and a' that,

His ribband, star and a' that,

The man of independent mind,

He looks and laughs at a' that.—"

Photo of Colin Fox Colin Fox SSP

"Then let us pray that come it may,

As come it will for a' that, ...

That Man to Man the warld o'er,

Shall brothers be for a' that.—"

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

You will have to go to the end of the queue. You cannot take up other people's time.

The following members took the oath:

Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

Phil Gallie (South of Scotland) (Con)

Donald Gorrie (Central Scotland) (LD)

Miss Annabel Goldie (West of Scotland) (Con)

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Mr Rob Gibson (Highlands and Islands) (SNP)

Trish Godman (West Renfrewshire) (Lab)

Marlyn Glen (North-East Scotland) (Lab)

Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) (Green)

Photo of Christine Grahame Christine Grahame Scottish National Party

I wish to make a statement that I make the affirmation under duress, believing as I do in the sovereignty of the Scottish people and the Scottish people alone.

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Christine Grahame (South of Scotland) (SNP)

The following members took the oath:

Karen Gillon (Clydesdale) (Lab)

Hugh Henry (Paisley South) (Lab)

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

At this point, we shall take a break from the oath taking.

Meeting suspended.

On resuming—

[The following members took the oath:]

Mr John Home Robertson (East Lothian) (Lab)
Janis Hughes (Glasgow Rutherglen) (Lab)

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Fiona Hyslop (Lothians) (SNP)

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Scottish National Party 10:41 am, 7th May 2003

I take this oath under protest, as I believe that only the people are sovereign here.

The following members took the oath:

Mr Adam Ingram (South of Scotland) (SNP)

Dr Sylvia Jackson (Stirling) (Lab)

Gordon Jackson (Glasgow Govan) (Lab)

Margaret Jamieson (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) (Lab)

Alex Johnstone (North-East Scotland) (Con)

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Cathy Jamieson (Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley) (Lab)

Photo of Rosie Kane Rosie Kane SSP

Like my comrades before me, and like an ever-increasing number of MSPs, I take this oath under very strong protest. A Government that asks firefighters to modernise should really think about modernising itself.

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Rosie Kane (Glasgow) (SSP)

Johann Lamont (Glasgow Pollok) (Lab)

The following member took the oath:

Mr Andy Kerr (East Kilbride) (Lab)

Photo of Carolyn Leckie Carolyn Leckie SSP

I would like to make a statement. Like all my comrades, I think that the Parliament should be accountable and loyal only to the people. I believe in an independent socialist republic, so I take the oath, which is to a woman who has inherited privilege, under strong protest. Apart from anything else, I do not even know the woman. I apologise to my mother, who is actually a great fan of hers, but that is not for me, thank you.

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

Will you proceed to the oath, please?

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Carolyn Leckie (Central Scotland) (SSP)

The following member took the oath:

Marilyn Livingstone (Kirkcaldy) (Lab)

Photo of Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead Scottish National Party

I reiterate my and my party's belief that sovereignty in Scotland lies with the people and with no one else.

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Richard Lochhead (North-East Scotland) (SNP)

Kenneth MacAskill (Lothians) (SNP)

The following members took the oath:

George Lyon (Argyll and Bute) (LD)

Lewis Macdonald (Aberdeen Central) (Lab)

Margo MacDonald (Lothians) (Ind)

Photo of Campbell Martin Campbell Martin Scottish National Party

I believe in the sovereignty of the people of Scotland and therefore make the affirmation under protest.

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Campbell Martin (West of Scotland) (SNP)

Kate Maclean (Dundee West) (Lab)

Tricia Marwick (Mid Scotland and Fife) (SNP)

The following member took the oath:

Paul Martin (Glasgow Springburn) (Lab)

Photo of Michael Matheson Michael Matheson Scottish National Party

I believe in the sovereignty of the people of Scotland and therefore take the oath under protest.

The following members took the oath:

Michael Matheson (Central Scotland) (SNP)

Christine May (Central Fife) (Lab)

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Jim Mather (Highlands and Islands) (SNP)

Photo of Stewart Maxwell Stewart Maxwell Scottish National Party

I would like to say that I was elected by the people of the West of Scotland, that the people of Scotland are sovereign and that I take the affirmation under protest.

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Mr Stewart Maxwell (West of Scotland) (SNP)

Mr Kenneth Macintosh (Eastwood) (Lab)

The following members took the oath:

Mr Tom McCabe (Hamilton South) (Lab)

Mr Frank McAveety (Glasgow Shettleston) (Lab)

Photo of Mr Bruce McFee Mr Bruce McFee Scottish National Party

Before performing this ritual, I would like to say that my loyalty and affirmation are to the people of Scotland and not to the British state or any of its institutions.

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Mr Bruce McFee (West of Scotland) (SNP)

Mr Michael McMahon (Hamilton North and Bellshill) (Lab)

The following members took the oath:

Mr Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Maureen Macmillan (Highlands and Islands) (Lab)

Mr Duncan McNeil (Greenock and Inverclyde) (Lab)

Pauline McNeill (Glasgow Kelvin) (Lab)

Des McNulty (Clydebank and Milngavie) (Lab)

Mrs Nanette Milne (North-East Scotland) (Con)

Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland) (Con)

Mr Brian Monteith (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

I will take Colin Fox now, provided that he is prepared to affirm without any further protest.

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Colin Fox (Lothians) (SSP)

Meeting suspended.

On resuming—

[The following members made a solemn affirmation:]

Alasdair Morgan (South of Scotland) (SNP)
Bristow Muldoon (Livingston) (Lab)
Alex Neil (Central Scotland) (SNP)
Cathy Peattie (Falkirk East) (Lab)
Mike Pringle (Edinburgh South) (LD)
Jeremy Purvis (Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale) (LD)
Nora Radcliffe (Gordon) (LD)

The following members took the oath:

Mr Alasdair Morrison (Western Isles) (Lab)
Mrs Mary Mulligan (Linlithgow) (Lab)
David Mundell (South of Scotland) (Con)
John Farquhar Munro (Ross, Skye and Inverness West) (LD)

Dr Elaine Murray (Dumfries) (Lab)
Irene Oldfather (Cunninghame South) (Lab)
Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Lab)
Mr Keith Raffan (Mid Scotland and Fife) (LD)
Mr George Reid (Ochil) (SNP)

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party 11:30 am, 7th May 2003

Before I make an affirmation, I restate my belief that it is the people of Scotland who are sovereign. [ Interruption. ]

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Shona Robison (Dundee East) (SNP)

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

I remind members of the public that, welcome though you are in the gallery, you must not make any interruption to the proceedings.

The following members took the oath:

Euan Robson (Roxburgh and Berwickshire (LD)

Mr Mike Rumbles (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine) (LD)

Mary Scanlon (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Mr Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Green)

Photo of Eleanor Scott Eleanor Scott Green

I would like to make a brief statement, which is that I intend to take the oath in Gaelic as well and that in a Scottish Parliament, a Gaelic oath should be sufficient of itself.

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Eleanor Scott (Highlands and Islands) (Green)

The following members took the oath:

John Scott (Ayr) (Con)

Tavish Scott (Shetland) (LD)

Photo of Elaine Smith Elaine Smith Labour

I wish to state that I believe in the sovereignty of the people of Scotland and hold firmly that my allegiance should be first and foremost to them. However, I recognise the legal requirement that I must meet in order to serve my constituents in this Parliament and therefore I will take the oath.

The following members took the oath:

Elaine Smith (Coatbridge and Chryston) (Lab)

Mrs Margaret Smith (Edinburgh West) (LD)

Nicol Stephen (Aberdeen South) (LD)

Stewart Stevenson (Banff and Buchan) (SNP)

Mr Jamie Stone (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross) (LD)

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Iain Smith (North-East Fife) (LD)

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Before making the affirmation, I wish to declare my belief in the sovereignty of the Scottish people.

The following members made a solemn affirmation:

Nicola Sturgeon (Glasgow) (SNP)

Mike Watson (Glasgow Cathcart) (Lab)

Mr Andrew Welsh (Angus) (SNP)

The following members took the oath:

John Swinburne (Central Scotland) (SSCUP)

Mr Murray Tosh (West of Scotland) (Con)

Dr Jean Turner (Strathkelvin and Bearsden) (Ind)

Photo of Sandra White Sandra White Scottish National Party

Before I make the affirmation, I would like to state that I believe in a free and independent Scotland in which the Scottish people would be independent citizens rather than subjects. Therefore, I make the affirmation under protest.

The following member made a solemn affirmation:

Ms Sandra White (Glasgow) (SNP)

The following members took the oath:

Karen Whitefield (Airdrie and Shotts) (Lab)

Allan Wilson (Cunninghame North) (Lab)

Photo of George Reid George Reid None

That concludes the oath-taking and affirmation process, which has been completed by every one of the elected members.

I inform members that nominations for the position of Presiding Officer will open at 12.30, which is in half an hour's time. Nomination forms can be collected from the chamber desk, which is situated on the ground floor of the Parliament's headquarters. Completed nomination forms should be returned to the chamber desk no later than 2.15 this afternoon. Nomination forms will be valid only if they detail the name of the candidate, the member nominating the candidate and the member seconding that nomination.

Meeting suspended until 14:30.

On resuming—