May 21, 2020

Environment and Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham MSP has chaired the first meeting of the Sustainable Renewal Advisory Group this week.

The group has been tasked with identifying opportunities to embed sustainability in Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19 and with exploring the new challenges and opportunities we face in achieving a 75%...

May 6, 2020

Legislation which allows the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to be simplified and improved post-Brexit passed Stage 1 this week, following a debate in the Scottish Parliament.

The Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill creates powers to enable Scottish Ministers to ensure CAP schemes can continue beyond this year and also modify...

April 2, 2020

The Scottish Parliament has unanimously supported new emergency powers to help protect the public, maintain essential public services and support the economy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill adjusts the law on evictions to protect people renting their homes in the private and social sector. The Bill deli...

February 26, 2020

On Tuesday, Kenneth convened the Cross-Party Group on Life Sciences at Holyrood.

Members heard an update on the continuing strong growth of the sector - worth £6.5 billion to the Scottish economy last year - from Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation.

Subsequently members enjoyed two fascinating presentations followed by...

January 15, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has criticised the Prime Minister’s refusal to grant the transfer of power to the Scottish Parliament which would allow an independence referendum to be held this year.

Commenting on the predictable response from Mr Johnson to the SNP Government’s democratic mandate, which would offer the people of Scotland a ch...

January 9, 2020

On Wednesday 08 January the Scottish Parliament rejected the UK Government’s flawed Brexit Bill, which the SNP warns will “throw the constitution into crisis.”

Meanwhile, at Westminster, the SNP tabled a reasoned amendment that opposes the Withdrawal Agreement on the grounds that:

· The Scottish Parliament has not consented to those parts of the B...

December 3, 2019

The Local Government And Communities Committee which is deliberating on the Non-Domestic Rates (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2

Last week, Tory and Labour MSPs on the Local Government and Communities Committee of the Scottish Parliament voted to support a Green amendment to return non-domestic rates to local authority control, rather than have one for...

July 22, 2019

Holyrood’s Social Security Committee has called on the UK Government to halt the launch of its latest pilot, which would see those receiving Working Tax Credits moved on to Universal Credit (UC) and potentially be subject to in-work conditionality, including sanctions.

The Committee has said that this transfer of claimants should not proceed unti...

June 25, 2019

Motion S5M-17735: Kenneth Gibson, Cunninghame North, Scottish National Party

Date Lodged: 12/06/2019

Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999 

That the Parliament believes that, as part of what it considers its alleged respect agenda, and to celebrate 20 years of the Scottish Parliament, the UK Government should rescind the Scottish Adjacent...

June 5, 2019

On Monday 03 June, Kenneth was at the Ayrshire College campus in Ayr with the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs (CTEEA) Committee, on which he serves.

Members spoke with arts students to increase their understanding of the issues they face when trying to access arts funding.

The visit was part of an inquiry into arts funding which the...

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