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July 16, 2018
I share your concerns on this important issue. The Trade Bill gives the Government unprecedented powers to implement international trade agreements without a vote in Parliament. The Government argues that it simply aims to maintain after Brexit agreements that we are already party to as a member of the EU. However, legally the agreements in...
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I agree that this is an important issue and that proper scrutiny of trade deals is essential. As you know, the Government has introduced a Trade Bill to allow the UK to pursue an independent trade policy when we leave the EU. I believe we should have used this opportunity to ensure meaningful parliamentary scrutiny...
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Last week in the Commons, MPs were voting on the Trade Bill – one of the vital pieces of legislation that the UK requires to have on the statute book once we leave the European Union. The purpose of the legislation was essentially to ‘transition’ the EU’s trade agreements to UK agreements. It covers only...
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I was extremely saddened by the case of Seni Lewis, who tragically died after being restrained face-down in a mental health hospital in England. As health is a devolved matter, the Scottish Government has responsibility for this policy area in Scotland. While I am supportive of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill, it...
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I understand there are very strong views on this subject, which has been indicated to me by the large number of constituents who have been in touch to raise their concerns. I am aware it was recently featured in the press that Members of Parliament have reported 723 cases of suspected immigration abuse to authorities...
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It is important to recognise that commercial sexual exploitation is a form of violence against women and girls. It is therefore vital that vulnerable people are protected from abuse and that everyone who sells sex is protected from harm and exploitation. I believe women involved in sex work should have access to information, help and...
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The Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA) 1991 – which extends to Scotland – was introduced to protect the public from dangerous dog attacks. However, I appreciate there has been debate about the effectiveness of BSL and I know several animal welfare groups support an approach where it is the deed, not breed, that determines whether a...
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