Motion S5M-17960: No Need for an Edinburgh Mayor

26 Jun 2019

That the Parliament notes the call for Edinburgh to have an elected mayor; believes that concentrating power in the hands of a single individual is less democratic and more dangerous than the current system of distributed power, which allows for greater inclusivity; considers that there are significant drawbacks to having an elected mayor as a form of governance; believes that this can be seen by the limited number of democratic developed countries that operate a fully presidential-style system at the national level, and considers that it is not always in Scotland’s best interests to merely replicate political changes occurring in England.

Motion S5M-17888: An Honourable Mention

21 Jun 2019

That the Parliament thanks all members of society who contribute to making Scotland a great place to live, from the medical staff, teachers and emergency responders to the refuse collectors, builders and business owners; considers that not receiving an honour from The Queen does not make a person less worthy of respect, praise and admiration for their achievements in improving the lives of the people around them, and applauds those who continue to make a difference, with or without approval or recognition from the “British Empire”.

Motion S5M-17805: The Need for a Product Recall Database

18 Jun 2019

That the Parliament notes that the UK Government has served Whirlpool, which manufactures domestic appliances, with a notice to recall faulty tumble dryers; understands that this comes four years after the company issued a safety warning regarding some of its Creda, Hotpoint and Indesit devices; believes that research by the consumer charity, Electrical Safety First, suggests that only 10 to 20% of recalled products are actually returned or repaired, largely due to consumers being unaware of the recalls, and notes calls for the creation of a centrally-managed product recall database, which could allow consumers in Shettleston and across the country to check that their appliances are safe.

Motion S5M-17474: David Martin, 35 Years as an MEP

30 May 2019

That the Parliament thanks David Martin for serving the interests of Scotland in the European Parliament since 1984; understands that David was the UK’s longest serving MEP and, behind Elmar Brok of the German CDU, the second longest serving member overall; believes that, during his tenure as Vice President of the European Parliament, David was instrumental in developing the Maastricht Treaty; agrees that the praise that he has received from people of all political persuasions demonstrates the respect that he has garnered from across the party divide; congratulates David on all of his successes throughout his 35 years in Brussels and Strasbourg, and wishes him well for the future.