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Parliament Group Celebrates Year Of Young People

Bruce Crawford MSP chairs the CPG on Tourism – with special guest Fiona Hyslop MSP.

Bruce Crawford MSP, the convener of the Cross Party Group (CPG) on Tourism in the Scottish Parliament, chaired the recent meeting where special guest speakers included Fiona Hyslop, the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs. The meeting, which took place on Thursday (15 Feb) focussed on 2018 as […]

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Stirling MSP Chairs Longest Ever Finance and Constitution Meeting at Holyrood

Bruce Crawford at Holyrood
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Parliamentary Praise For Local Thistle Awards Winners

Bruce Crawford at Aberfoyle
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Our Westminster Overlords

UK power grab

By Steven Paterson former Stirling MP

In a written statement issued by the Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley this week, the first instalment of the billion pound bung of our money to be allocated to Northern Ireland was dished out.

No less than £410 million has been paid from UK Treasury coffers, explicitly part of the confidence and supply arrangement that ensures that the Tory Government remains afloat thanks to paying off the DUP. Although ostensibly this is direct rule from Westminster over devolved issues in Northern Ireland, in reality, the DUP is in complete control of this process thanks to the present arithmetic in the House of Commons.

Meanwhile, the UK Government is seeking to assume direct rule over one of the other devolved legislatures: Holyrood. Although altogether different in scale, at least for the moment, the attack on Scotland’s devolved parliament resulting from the Brexit vote could have far-reaching and unwelcome implications for the future. In short, if this power grab is allowed to proceed and a precedent is set, this could be merely the thin end of the wedge leading to the aggressive reassertion of London supremacy over hitherto devolved competences.

This is why the Scottish Government is entirely correct to fight this Westminster power grab all the way. Since 1999, the principle of consent has been adhered to when it comes to Westminster legislating on devolved areas and agreement with the Scottish Parliament has been required whenever legislation is being considered at Westminster that has crossed into a devolved area.

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SNP Budget Will Give Scots Best Deal In UK

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New Domestic Abuse Law Will Make Vulnerable People Safer

Cllr Maureen Bennison
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Stirling MSP Holds Discussions In House Of Lords Over Brexit Legislation

Bruce Crawford MSP
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Tory Speaks With Forked Tongue

Westminster

It should have come as a surprise to precisely nobody when Tory promises to amend the Clause 11 attack on Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish devolved powers were broken this week, as the EU (Withdrawal) Bill completed its passage through the House of Commons with the offending clause which takes 111 powers currently under the control of the Scottish Parliament back to Westminster still included.

The Bill was originally introduced to Parliament on the 13th of July last year, so excuses trotted out by the Scotland Office that it had simply run out of time to make the required amendment to the Bill ring a little hollow, to put it mildly. The Tory Government has known about this throughout and has utterly failed to act to address this offensive intrusion into the powers of Scotland’s devolved legislature.

This isn’t simply a case of today’s government repealing some legislation enacted by a previous government, because in this case, we have the small matter of a referendum of the Scottish people on the 11th of September 1997 in which the people of Scotland overwhelmingly determined that the Scottish Parliament would be reconvened. Now the powers of that referendum-endorsed institution are being stripped back by a Tory Government with just 13 seats in Scotland out of 59.

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Crawford Welcomes Budget That Delivers For Stirling

Bruce Crawford MSP
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Crawford Highlights Impact of Arthritis In Stirling Area

Bruce Crawford MSP meets with Arthritis UK in Parliament

Bruce Crawford MSP was delighted to attend the first Holyrood reception to be held by the newly merged charity, Arthritis Research UK incorporating Arthritis Care Scotland on 5th December, where they heard from people living with arthritis about the healthcare and support they need in Scotland.

Arthritis is among the biggest causes of disability and pain across Scotland, with nearly 700,000 people living with osteoarthritis, around 37,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis and almost one million people with back pain.

The pain, fatigue and lack of mobility caused by arthritis affects every aspect of a person’s life, making everyday tasks such as making a cup of tea, travelling to work or getting out of bed extremely difficult.

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