On the final day of the Scottish Parliament before MSPs broke for summer recess, Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford helped to promote the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign by wearing a rainbow tie, provided by the LGBT+ equality charity.
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.
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.
SNP Councillor Graham Lambie has slammed Stirling Tory MP Stephen Kerr for voting to take away powers from the Scottish Parliament in the Commons last night.
Local MSP Bruce Crawford has welcomed the SNP Scottish Government’s move in extending their home energy efficiency programme to the Stirling area.
I watched First Minister’s Questions on Thursday and witnessed the poorest performance from Tory leader Ruth Davidson in quite a while as she was resoundingly trounced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
It wasn’t just that she didn’t land a glove on the First Minister, it was the fact that she raised an issue – the Cambridge Analytica scandal – which everyone and their dog knows the Tories are mired in up to their necks, it was that she shamelessly raised it anyway with the full knowledge that our gleeful, servile mainstream media press pack would chase the stick she threw regardless. Even as the First Minister humiliated her in the embarrassingly one-sided clash, Ms Davidson retained the same silly grin on her face as she knew that simply by raising the issue, she had succeeded in her mission of deflection.
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 […]
Stirling MSP Bruce Crawford chaired the longest ever meeting of the Finance and Constitution Committee last week in a marathon Stage 2 of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill.
Local MSP Bruce Crawford has submitted a motion to the Scottish Parliament, praising the Stirling-based winners of this year’s Thistle Awards.
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.