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Leadership Vacuum and Westminster in Turmoil: Crawford Demands the People Have a Say

Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford has called for the people to be consulted on our future relationship with the European Union.

His call comes during a crisis of leadership in Westminster, with a meaningful vote on the Brexit Deal delayed, and the Prime Minister facing a leadership challenge.

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Tory Minister Threatens Iconic Stirling Food Brands

Bruce Crawford voiced concern

Tories Gearing Up To Trade Away Scotland’s Interests The Tory government is gearing up to take protections away from Stirling’s iconic food and drink industries in order to strike post-Brexit trade deals, SNP MSP Bruce Crawford has warned. The UK Minister of State for Trade Policy confirmed during an appearance […]

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The Settled Will of the Palace of Westminster

Clock of Palace of Westminster

By Steven Paterson former MP for Stirling

In the end, the Tory Government got its way with the EU (Withdrawal) Bill this week when it returned to the House of Commons for what turned out to be the final time.

The Bill has now squeaked through, by just sixteen votes. It remains to be seen if the handful of rebel Tory MPs who could have delivered a painful defeat on the Government actually won a concession as substantial as they would have us believe, on what is for them the crucial issue of allowing Parliament a ‘meaningful vote’ on the final Brexit deal – if there is one that is.

Meanwhile, the week has confirmed that the devolution settlement which has operated for the past nineteen years is a thing of the past thanks to the UK Government’s insistence that legislative might is right. The new convention replacing it says that whether it comes to a devolved or a reserved power, it is the UK Parliament which reigns supreme. Any powers conferred to the subordinate Scottish Parliament are conditional and subject to withdrawal should any future UK Government so choose.

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Shall There Be A Scottish Parliament?

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By Steven Paterson, former MP for Stirling

The sheer contempt in which Scotland, its MPs and the Scottish Parliament are held by the Westminster establishment was laid bare this week when House of Lords amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill were debated in the House of Commons.

The delirious shower of sneering, braying, and giggling Tories inhabiting the Government benches – including those representing Scottish constituencies – savoured the delicious moment that Westminster’s power grab was completed against Scotland’s Parliament. The “debate” (if indeed the English language can forgive me calling it thus) was relegated to the very end of the day’s proceedings thanks to the Government’s Programme Motion setting out the timetable, order and limit on debates, meaning there were a mere nineteen minutes remaining of parliamentary time to discuss the Tory attack on Scottish devolution.

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