This Week in Parliament: 05/03/2018

On Tuesday I had a meeting with Airbus representatives on the First Stages of the H160 helicopter to active duty over the North Sea. I later attended the Ministerial Statement on Scotland’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce emissions. After I attended the Stage 1: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Relief from Additional Amount) (Scotland) Bill. I was able to speak during the debate in support of the Bill and the help it would provide for many constituents in Scotland. 

On Wednesday I attended the Finance and Constitution Committee meeting, the main focus of the meeting was evidence on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, which was introduced last week. During the meeting I was able to ask a few questions on the financial cost of the bill. I attended a lunch on the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and its purpose in the 21st century.

Later in the afternoon I attended the Stage 1 Debate: UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill. It’s not a bill for continuity as the SNP says; it’s a wrecking bill to cause constitutional confusion and chaos. The Bill fails to meet the tests set by the very general principles it seeks to reserve. This bill is unnecessary, seriously flawed and incoherent. That has been compounded by the reckless speed with which the SNP is railroading this legislation through our parliament.

On Thursday, we celebrated International Women’s Day 2018! I attended the First Ministers Questions. (FMQs) There were many varying questions asked in the Chamber such as the vacancies in General Practice offices across Scotland, the rising cost of living and tackling the national shame of child poverty and the funding for the Scottish Youth Theatre.

On Friday I held a surgery at the Banchory Business Centre. I thank my constituents for coming out to see me.