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Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
2. Christina McKelvie (Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to protect people from the impact of revenge pornography. (S4O-03622)



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Christina McKelvie

The cabinet secretary will be aware that I have been campaigning against revenge porn for a number of years. Scottish Women’s Aid has recently restarted its stop revenge porn Scotland campaign, with the tagline:

“It is not your fault, we are here for you.”

The cabinet secretary talked about a bespoke criminal offence, which is something that I am very interested in. I hope that he will look at that very carefully. He also mentioned existing laws. I am concerned whether prosecutors are using the existing laws. What education is being put in place to ensure that prosecutors are using the laws that are at their disposal now? Will he commit to work with Scottish Women’s Aid on the bespoke criminal offence, to ensure that we stamp this thing out for good?



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Christina McKelvie (Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse) (SNP)

The First Minister will be as upset as I am to hear that Henderson Travel in my constituency ceased trading without warning to its customers or its 150 staff. With potential job losses and no trade union representation at the company, what action will the Scottish Government take to support the staff and the customers of that important company?



Meeting of the Parliament 28 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Christina McKelvie (Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse) (SNP)

We have heard many ideas about what powers should come to this Parliament, and the consensus term of the day seems to be “powers for a purpose”. This country of ours is going through the most amazing transformation. From fantastic debates in communities, in schools, on buses and in parks, to discussions in every walk of life, the future of Scotland is the topic of debate. What is being debated, and will continue to be debated, is the issue of what Scotland needs in order to be a fair, prosperous and innovative nation.

Responsibility to deliver on that has fallen to all of us. Our representatives on the Smith commission have a tall order to deliver, but it is one that I think is vital to the prospects of our people. There is no one I know who does not know what devo max means. That is incredible: we have the most politically educated electorate on the planet. There is no chance of pulling the wool over our constituents’ eyes—no chance whatever. Lord Smith, who I have worked with on the future of the University of the West of Scotland, has a tough job, but it is one that I think he can handle with great skill and humility.

The question is, what powers are we talking about? There are many areas that we could focus on, but I want to focus on just a few of them today. The first is welfare. One of the enduring themes of the referendum debate has been the impact of poverty on the people of Scotland. The vision of common weal—I urge those who have not read it to do so—focuses strongly on what we need to do to bring the issue of poverty to the fore and deal with it. Many civic organisations focus on that, too. One of the main questions that came out of the debate was this: how do we make our people less impoverished and more advantaged, and how do we give them the opportunities that they need to do that? Nothing short of full devolution of welfare will do if we are to tackle the inequality in this, the third most unequal country in the developed world. Devolution of all benefits—not just housing benefit—and the associated capacity assessments would allow the Scottish Parliament to address the hardships that our people have endured, and continue to endure.

Equality and human rights is another area that I wish to focus on. Given the lurch to the right of Westminster on human rights, it is imperative to protect the hard-fought-for rights that we have. The Scottish Human Rights Commission needs to get on with its work to protect and enhance our human rights. Scotland leads the way and is a beacon for the rest of the world on this subject, with Scotland’s national action plan for human rights.

Kevin Stewart mentioned the right to vote at 16, which I championed before the referendum. That is fundamental to our democracy, and we have seen how well our young people took part in the process.

That leads me to another key power that needs to be devolved and is intrinsically linked to human rights; we need power over immigration and asylum to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament. We need to address the demographic needs that we have in terms of skills shortages and in relation to academics in our universities. We need to get away from the dog-whistle politics of all the Westminster parties in relation to those who are seeking sanctuary and legitimate work and study in our country. That will enable us to get on with our good anti-trafficking work and get away from the anti-EU rhetoric that is coming from Westminster.

On top of all of that, employment law legislation and health and safety at work legislation should be devolved. I am sure that our trade unions would relish having those laws brought to this place.

The most important currency that we have is our people. Empowering our people means ensuring that people do not rely on in-work benefits. That takes me back to the key point: ensuring that this Parliament can deal with poverty in all its forms, which means devolution of the powers over the minimum wage, which would enable this place to ensure a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. This place should decide that. A priority for us all should be the question of what we pay our people for the work that they do for our nation.

At the start of my speech, I asked what powers should be devolved, but maybe we should be thinking about the issue from the opposite point of view. Murdo Fraser and, perhaps, Malcolm Chisholm might not like this suggestion, but maybe we should be thinking about the few powers that should possibly be shared rather than about what should be devolved. The general public—in other words, our constituents, including Murdo Fraser’s and Malcolm Chisholm’s—know exactly what devo max means. In fact, if my information is correct, the phrase was coined by a previous Secretary of State for Scotland, so it is not a nationalist con or a nationalist myth. People know exactly what devo max means. Let us not pull the wool over their eyes.

Let us get on with it. Let us work with the Smith commission and do what the people of Scotland want. I believe that 10,000 people have contributed to the Smith commission so far. The people of Scotland are awake. They will not go back in the box. They will not give up their voice now that they have found it, and neither should we, on their behalf. Let us work for the aspirations of the most important aspect of this debate—the people of Scotland. The people should be heard.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener (Christina McKelvie)

Good morning and welcome to the 18th meeting in 2014 of the European and External Relations Committee. I make the usual request for mobile phones and other electronic devices to be switched off, unless members are using their iPads for meeting papers. We have received apologies from Jamie McGrigor, and his substitute will not be joining us, either.

Item 1 is the “Brussels Bulletin”. Members will note that the latest edition is detailed and contains some interesting things. There are obviously lots of changes going on at Europe level right now, with commissioners being interviewed and different strands, strategies and policies emerging. Are there any questions, comments or queries on the “Brussels Bulletin”?



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

Indeed; that is something that piqued my interest as well.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

We can get an update on that.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

I have a quick comment on Willie Coffey’s question. A few ideas were brought up in last week’s discussion at our business planning day about our work programme, so we are working through the proposals and hope to have something that will meet with your satisfaction.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

We can do that with Scotland Europa, which brings together quite a bit of work—I expect the bulletin to get more and more hefty over the next few months, as key themes and policy emerge from the European Commission and the European Parliament. A summary would complement the six-monthly update that we get from the Scottish Government on where the structural funds come from and where the money is spent.



European and External Relations Committee 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
The Convener

You are quite right. The issue is a key area of interest for the Italian presidency. We will hear from the Italian ambassador later this morning, so we might start to investigate the issue then.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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NoDefeated

S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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NoDefeated

S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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YesCarried

S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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YesCarried

S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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YesCarried

S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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YesCarried

S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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YesCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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YesCarried

S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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YesCarried

S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-11354: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11275.1: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11221.1: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11188: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11112: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11103: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11084: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11060: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11050: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10990: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03639: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03622: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22754: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22699: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03537: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03447: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21715: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21713: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21714: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21381: Christina McKelvie, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Question >>

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