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Scottish National

House of Commons
GB - SW1A OAA - London
United Kingdom

Working language: English

Declarations of interests:
2021 , 2020 , 2019 , 2018


In the political groups

  • Member: Members not belonging to a Political Group since 24/11/2017

In the Assembly

  • since 24/11/2017 Substitute - United Kingdom

In the committee(s) and sub-committee(s)

  • Full Member: Sub-Committee on the Middle East and the Arab World (since 25/01/2018)
  • Alternate of Sir Tony LLOYD (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (since 26/06/2020)
  • Alternate of Mr Conor MCGINN (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 27/01/2020 to 04/06/2020)
  • Alternate of Mr Phil WILSON (Full Member): Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy (from 24/11/2017 to 26/01/2020)
  • Alternate of Ms Hannah BARDELL (Full Member): Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights (since 24/11/2017)
  • Alternate of Ms Hannah BARDELL (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Human Rights (since 22/03/2021)
  • Alternate of Ms Hannah BARDELL (Full Member): Sub-Committee on Human Rights (from 25/01/2018 to 24/01/2021)


Last speeches

28/01/2020 | 17:53:15 Thank you, Madam President. May I begin by congratulating and commending my friend and colleague Lord George FOULKES for a superlative report and say how much I agree with its recommendations. In particular, I agree with the central tenet running through this report, which is that a free press is an essential pillar for the functioning of a proper democratic system. I think there are three main roles that our free press has to play. The first is the provision of unbiased, impartial... 25/06/2019 | 18:18:44 Thank you Chair. Scotland is a relatively small country of just over 5 million people. But every week, in Scotland there are more than one thousand incidents of domestic abuse reported to the police. In more than 80% of these incidents, the victim is a woman. In more than 99% of those cases the perpetrator is a man. So what we have is a systemic, endemic, campaign of violence against women by men in our country. To a greater or lesser degree, that campaign is replicated in every other country... 23/01/2019 | 16:34:56 I fully agree that a free press is an essential prerequisite for a democratic society. By “free”, I mean it should be free to criticise and hold to account those in power and should have an obligation to provide the fullest information to citizens so that they can make informed choices. But what do we do when the press is free but nor fair? Let me illustrate through personal example. I represent the Scottish National Party, the largest party in Scotland. We are a left-of-centre organisation... 22/01/2019 | 11:32:03 In Scotland, over the last five years, we have had two referendums. One in 2014 on Scotland becoming an independent country, and one in 2016 when we voted, as part of the United Kingdom, on whether to leave the European Union. The differences between these two votes are striking, and we can learn a lot from them. In 2014, the referendum came about only after the election of a Scottish Parliament with a majority of members committed to Scottish independence. It became the policy of the...