Motion S5M-17296: Longest Parliamentary Session Since the Wars of the Three Kingdoms

14 May 2019

That the Parliament notes that 14 May 2019 marks the 300th sitting day of the current UK parliamentary session, which is the longest parliamentary session since April 1653 at the time of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms; believes that this is due to a senseless impasse that has left the UK without a functioning government; commends the Scottish Parliament for, it considers, getting on with the day job, focusing on what really matters to people and not being obsessed with the constitution, while, it believes, the Conservative and Labour parties continue to talk without apparently really negotiating, and urges the UK Government to bring an end to what it sees as this fiasco by agreeing to a so-called People’s Vote.

Motion S5M-17182: World Press Freedom Day

03 May 2019

That the Parliament notes that 3 May 2019 is World Press Freedom Day; understands that, according to the International Federation of Journalists, 95 journalists and media workers were known to have been killed while doing their job in 2018, with 15 deaths, including the tragic killing of Lyra McKee on 18 April, already confirmed for this year; acknowledges that, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 250 were imprisoned in 2018, with Turkey and China the worst offenders, jailing 68 and 47 respectively; believes that journalists play a vital role in society by conveying accurate and indispensable information to citizens around the world, to help create a society that is both transparent and accountable, and agrees that journalists should always be protected from persecution.

Register to Vote by 7 May for EU Election

01 May 2019

John has urged people in Glasgow Shettleston to register to vote by 7 May for the upcoming European Parliament elections, warning it’s the only way to ensure Scotland’s voice is heard in Europe.

Research published today revealed that 600,000 Scots who are eligible to vote in this month’s elections have not registered yet. Unlike the Brexit referendum, EU citizens living in the UK can vote in European parliamentary elections.

To be able to vote in the European Parliament elections, people must be registered to vote by midnight on 7 May. The elections will take place on 23 May.

John said:

“People in Scotland overwhelmingly voted to remain in the European Union – but even many of those who voted to leave have real concerns about the extreme Brexit now being pursued.

We know that Brexit will harm our economy, cost jobs and hit people’s pockets, which is why it’s vital that anyone who has not registered to vote does so as soon as possible.

Never before have European elections been so important. We need strong SNP voices in Europe to send a clear message that we will not accept a Brexit process which fails to represent Scotland’s interests.

A vote for the SNP is a vote to make clear that Scotland says no to Brexit.”

Check Your Benefits Now

01 May 2019

Due to UK Government policy changes, a pensioner whose partner has not reached State Pension age yet will no longer be able to claim Pension Credit and several other benefits. Every older person who is eligible to claim Pension Credit must do so before the 15 May deadline.

For advice, please call Age Scotland on 0800 12 44 222