SNP Maiden Speeches 19

With our great 56 SNP Westminster MP’s settling in to Parliamentary life, each new member has an opportunity to make a Maiden speech. These have been trickling through this week and will continue to do so over coming weeks amongst those of other parties. It’s notable how eloquent each of our new Parliamentarians has been, but also how punchy and direct they have been, though Scots wit has been not been absent either. However what’s been truely fantastic is the support #the56 give to their colleagues when one of the group has their maiden speech to hand. If you have watched Parliamentary TV you will see the SNP are BY FAR the most cohesive group in Westminster, standing up for Scotland and her people.

Please note we will also add a few other links for interjections and questions from our new MP’s while we await their Maiden speeches. Please don’t expect every word of every one of the team to be listed, we haven’t got the time! But where there are items of interest or we spot a first appearance on a particular issue we may link it.

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There are some truly epic speeches here, some which we are sure will be long remembered and admired by Parliamentarians on all sides of the house. We have also included a few speeches made by more established members of the SNP Westminster team that might be of interest, but also as they are the initial speeches of these veteran campaigners, in the 2015 Parliament. We would also point out we have no intention of linking to Every word said by SNP members in the House of Commons but we will ‘try’ to link to first contributions of each SNP member as we come across it.

Maiden speeches are indicated with snp logo

As this is the City of Stirling Branch website we will indicate speeches or comments by our own MP Steven Paterson, thus saltire however this won’t be done ad infinitum, only until we have registered all the maiden speeches.

If you spot any missing ( allow us a day to catch up before complaining!) comment or drop us a line or Tweet us, it helps a bunch if you know what day and better still, what time it was at, and we will add it here.

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  • SNP Maiden Speeches

    2nd June

    snp logo Dr Philippa Whitford MP, Central Ayrshire, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Natalie McGarry MP, Glasgow East, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Angela Crawley MP, Lanark and Hamilton East, Maiden Speech

    3rd June

    snp logo Michelle Thomson MP, Edinburgh West, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Kirsty Blackman MP, Aberdeen East, Maiden Speech

    4th June

    Stuart Hosie MP, Dundee East, SNP response to Economic policy in Queens Speech

    snp logo Chris Stephens MP, Glasgow SW, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Roger Mullin MP, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, Maiden Speech

    8th June

    2nd Reading of the Scotland Bill with various contributions from SNP MP’s

    snp logo Margaret Ferrier MP, Rutherglen and Hamilton West, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Patricia Gibson MP, North Ayrshire and Arran, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Callum McCaig MP, Aberdeen South, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Hannah Bardell MP, Livingston, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Kirsten Oswald MP, East Renfrewshire, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Douglas Chapman MP, Dunfermline and West Fife, Maiden Speech

    9th June

    Alex Salmond MP speaking on EU Referendum supported by Dr Philippa Whitford MP

    snp logo Drew Hendry MP, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Stewart McDonald MP, Glasgow South, Maiden Speech

    10th June

    Scottish Questions with various contributions by SNP MP’s

    Dr Eildh Whiteford MP, Banff and Buchan, in housing debate

    11th June

    saltireSteven Paterson MP, Stirling, Question to the Leader of the House on parliamentary business proposals

    snp logo George Kerevan MP, East Lothian, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Peter Grant MP, Glenrothes and Central Fife, Maiden Speech

    15th June

    Scotland Bill – Committee Stage ( Committee of Whole House) Various SNP Speakers*

    17th June

    snp logo John Nicolson MP, East Dunbartonshire, Maiden Speech

    snp logo Alison Thewliss MP, Glasgow Central, Maiden Speech

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