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Joanna Cherry removed from SNP front bench in reshuffle

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Joanna Cherry QC MP has been 'sacked' by Ian Blackford MP and Westminster Leader as the Justice and Home Affairs spokesperson.Tommy Sheppard MP for Edinburgh East has been named the SNP's Shadow Spokesperson for...

Speaking to Owen Thompson MP

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Speaking to Owen Thompson MP over Zoom for this interview, it was clear that one of the reasons he enjoyed working from home was spending much more time with his young daughter.He explained that...

Thompson leads debate on support for small limited companies

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Owen Thompson MP is leading a debate in the House of Commons on Monday calling on the UK Government to provide greater parity in financial support for small limited company directors. The Midlothian MP...

Coronavirus – no extra funding for Scottish business from the Chancellor

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The Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced £4.6 billion in new lockdown grants of up to £9,000 for business in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors this morning.In the ordinary course of things, Scottish businesses...

Coronavirus – calls to close UK borders

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Following the UK lockdown announced on Monday night by the Prime Minister, and the new lockdown which began at midnight on Monday in Scotland, there are calls for the UK to take further steps...

Sheppard speaks out on peerages

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Tommy Sheppard MP for Edinburgh East is the SNP House of Lords spokesperson, and he has aired his view on the growth of the House of Lords in the last decade.The House of Lords...

Jardine wants to talk to Gove about Brexit

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Christine Jardine, MP for Edinburgh West, has asked to take up the offer from Cabinet Minister, Michael Gove to discuss the potential economic impact of Brexit on Scotland’s economy and position within the UK. It...

Christmas tree goes up in Westminster

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The UK Parliament's Christmas tree has taken its traditional place in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster.The tree which came from Northumberland’s Kielder Forest – was provided by Forestry England.Sir Lindsay Hoyle,...

Jardine queries Edinburgh’s Covid-19 status

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Christine Jardine, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has called on The Scottish Government to publish evidence of why Edinburgh and the Lothians are remaining in Level Three to explain to communities why the...

Extension to furlough welcomed – but should go further

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Following the Chancellor's announcement this morning that the UK Government furlough scheme will be extended until March, politicians have reacted in a variety of ways.Chancello, Rishi Sunak, said: “The furlough scheme was designed and...

Thompson demands rejection of UK Government’s ‘attack on devolution’

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Owen Thompson MP called for Scottish politicians from all parties to reject the Internal Market Bill which he says will undermine decisions of the Scottish Parliament and the devolution settlement. Mr Thompson was speaking during the...

Edinburgh West MP demands action over whisky tariffs

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Christine Jardine, the MP for Edinburgh West and the party's Treasury Spokesperson, has called on the Government to do more for the whisky industry in the face of the huge increase in US tariffs.It...

Midlothian MP criticises Prime Minister for refusing furlough extension

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THOMPSON SLAMS PM FOR TELLING EVENTS SECTOR TO GET BACK INTO WORK Owen Thompson MP criticised the Prime Minister Boris Johnson today at Prime Minister's Questions for refusing to consider extending furlough support for the...

Ending of virtual parliament ‘could be contempt’

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'UK Government in contempt of Parliament as virtual participation removed'Owen Thompson MP for Midlothian accused the UK Government of being in contempt of parliament by taking action to end remote participation during the Covid-19...

Disappointment over immigration rules change

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The Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson, Christine Jardine, has heavily criticised the Government’s Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill, which received its second reading in the House of Commons earlier this week.The...

Coronavirus – The Prime Minister addresses the nation

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The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, delivered an address to the nation tonight, setting out the road map to recovery, which he says must be a bit more flexible,This sets out more in the...

Ian Murray appointed Shadow Scottish Secretary

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Ian Murray, Labour MP for Edinburgh South, has been offered the position as shadow Scottish secretary in Labour leader Keir Starmer's new Shadow Cabinet.Taking up the position he relinquished under former leader, Jeremy...

#GE2019 Bardell and Day both claim second terms at Westminster

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The Scottish National Party (SNP) polled over 50,000 votes to win two constituencies in West Lothian.Hannah Bardell retained her Livingston seat with 25,617 votes leaving Conservative candidate Damian Timson 13, 435 votes behind. He...

#GE2019 Murray takes aim at Corbyn following exit poll

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Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray has criticised Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn – as his 15,500 seat appears to be hanging on a knife-edge. Mr Murray, who has held the Edinburgh South seat since 2010, has...

Sheppard calls for action on drugs report

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Tommy Sheppard MP has called for the UK government to act following the release of the report ‘Problem drug use in Scotland’ by the Scottish Affairs Committee today.  At Mr Sheppard’s instigation the committee...

EU extends deadline to end of January 2020

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Donald Tusk revealed on Twitter this morning that there will be a flextension to the Brexit deadline until the end of January 2020.The EU27 has agreed that it will accept the UK's request...

Labour party to vote on parliamentary candidate for Edinburgh South this Thursday

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Voting will take place this Thursday in the Edinburgh South consitituency to decide upon the Westminster parliamentary candidate for the Labour Party for any upcoming General Election.The MP in Edinburgh South has been...

Government defeated today at Westminster meaning further Brexit delay

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The UK Government led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson were defeated today. This extraordinary sitting of the House of Commons held on a Saturday for the first time this century was held to debate...

Cherry welcomes court decision

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Joanna Cherry QC MP has welcomed the Court of Session's decision to delay its ruling in the case raised by businessman Dale Vince OBE, Jolyon Maugham QC and herself against the Prime Minister.A...

Ian Murray raises Westminster matter at Council of Europe

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JOHNSON’S THREAT TO IGNORE BREXIT EXTENSION LAW RAISED IN EUROPEBoris Johnson’s threat to ignore British law which requires him to request a Brexit extension has been raised at a summit of top European politicians.Scottish...

SNP at Westminster urge cross-party action

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With just a month to go until 31 October when the UK should have left the EU, the SNP leader at Westminster, Ian Blackford, has urged MPs from all parties to collaborate and take...

Secretary of State for Scotland comments on Supreme Court decision

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Alister Jack MP is the Secretary of State for Scotland. Following the unanimous decision by the Supreme Court on Tuesday of this week in the cases brought by Gina Miller and Joanna Cherry QC...

Gordon Brown challenges Prime Minister Johnson

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Gordon Brown has challenged the Prime Minister over what he says are dishonest claims that underestimate the risk to medical supplies for vulnerable NHS patients and of sharp food and fuel price rises that...

Ways to stop a No Deal Brexit

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CROSS-PARTY BILL TO STOP NO-DEAL BREXITThe SNP today co-sponsored a cross-party Bill designed to take a no deal Brexit off the table.Stephen Gethins MP, the SNP’s Europe spokesperson, urged MPs from across Westminster...

Brexit case ruling – case will be heard on Tuesday

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At the Court of Session, Lord Doherty rejected an interim interdict on Friday against Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament, but a full court hearing will be held next Tuesday given the public interest.The legal...

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