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Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : Thursday, September 25, 2014
4. Fiona McLeod (Strathkelvin and Bearsden) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in tackling unemployment and increasing employment. (S4O-03534)



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : Thursday, September 25, 2014
Fiona McLeod

I welcome those numbers from the cabinet secretary, but does she agree that any enhanced devolution settlement, as promised at the end of the referendum campaign, must provide genuine job-creating powers for Scotland?



Meeting of the Parliament 14 August 2014 : Thursday, August 14, 2014
Fiona McLeod (Strathkelvin and Bearsden) (SNP) It is important and fitting that we are having this debate about the major national and international festivals that are being held across Scotland this year. I very much want to talk about how our major festivals encourage, raise the profile of and raise participation in local festivals and themed festivals across Scotland, not just this year but every year.

I will give members a personal anecdote, if I may. In 1947, at the first Edinburgh international festival, my mother-in-law, Elizabeth Watson, was the soprano for the Orpheus choir and sang for the king and queen of the day. My family is very proud of that piece of history.

We are talking about festivals and culture. I was thinking about why we were having this debate and about why we all enjoy festivals. Are they not about us being able to indulge our passions and at the same time stretch our horizons? We almost have a cultural work-out when we attend festivals. They are about community as well, which we have heard about from other speakers; the cabinet secretary, Patricia Ferguson and Willie Coffey spoke about that.

A festival is a community of itself. It is a community of those who attend and those who perform, and very much a community of those who produce the festivals, especially when we are talking about small, local festivals. I was delighted that members such as Liam McArthur and Willie Coffey paid tribute to our many local volunteers who work so hard to produce our local festivals.

Members will not be surprised that I want to use a fair bit of my speech to talk about the festivals that we have in my constituency of Strathkelvin and Bearsden and those who work so hard to produce such fantastic events for our communities. Liam McArthur beat me, because his list of events and festivals for his Orkney Islands constituency covered every month of the year, I think. There are four festivals—out of a large number—in my constituency that I thought were important to highlight in this debate.

A festival that has been running for a few years in Bishopbriggs in my constituency is the festival for Thomas Muir. Many members will know that Thomas Muir has the title of the father of democracy—not just in Scotland but across the world. He was born and lived in Huntershill house in Bishopbriggs, where we have had a Thomas Muir festival for quite a few years. We now have a Thomas Muir trail. We do not just listen to the history and debate the philosophy; we actually walk the streets and byways that Thomas Muir walked. Next year will be the 250th anniversary of Thomas Muir’s birth. I hope that we will be able to have an event here in the Parliament to celebrate that most important of births in the democratic calendar.

A new festival that started just last year in my constituency is the Bearsden festival. It was held over one weekend in September last year and it was incredibly successful. Bearsden has about 9,000 households. For the craft festival over that weekend, 1,500 people turned up. Given the millions that we talked about earlier, that sounds insignificant, but 1,500 people out of Bearsden’s population represents quite a significant community turnout.

We have been spurred on to continue this year to have more festivals in Bearsden. It was decided to split the festival into three and we have already had the first. When the baton came through Bearsden, we had the Bearsden sport and Commonwealth food festival. I understand that everybody ate themselves to a standstill, despite the rain pouring down. Remember how the baton went all around Scotland in the sunshine? When it came to us, it poured all day.

East Dunbartonshire cycle festival in Bishopbriggs has been going for a number of years now. Two years ago, it became not only a festival of freewheeling cycling; we managed to add in fair trade as well, so it is now a fair trade cycle festival. Please look and learn—we can promote lots of things at the same time.

I will finish with the Kirkintilloch canal festival, which is to be held on Sunday 24 August. I invite everyone to join the 25,000 people who come through Kirkintilloch in one day. Kirkintilloch—a small town in the centre of Scotland—attracts 25,000 people. It is a fantastic day and so far—for the past few years—it has been sunny every Sunday.

Festivals are fun, educational and neighbourly, but they also boost the local economy—with 1,500 people through Bearsden Cross in one afternoon and 25,000 people through Kirkintilloch in one day.

As a librarian I have to mention quickly the festivals of reading that we have across Scotland. There is book week Scotland in November and the summer reading challenge for young people in our public libraries, which is sponsored by Tesco Bank.

I turn to my two favourites, one of which everyone will expect me to mention. First, for Westerton garden suburb’s centenary last year we had a whole year of festivals in my small village. Secondly, Skye’s tattie bogle festival in Minginish is different, quirky and great. Please go—they have a Facebook page—and look at all those scarecrows.

Festivals are for us to enjoy and to join in. I thank the many people who act and perform in them, but most especially I thank those who help us to produce them.



Meeting of the Parliament 06 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Fiona McLeod (Strathkelvin and Bearsden) (SNP) Will the member take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 06 August 2014 : Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Fiona McLeod On a point of order, Presiding Officer—it is a genuine point of order. I seek your advice. Is it possible for a member to intervene in the middle of another member’s speech when they have not been present to listen to that speech? I would appreciate your ruling on that.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
Fiona McLeod (Strathkelvin and Bearsden) (SNP)

5. To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to inform doctors about the medical certificate of cause of death that is expected to be introduced in August. (S4O-03395)



Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
Fiona McLeod I thank the cabinet secretary for that comprehensive reply. I am pleased to hear about how much work we have done on the issue, but what have we done to inform funeral directors of the new MCCD?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
Fiona McLeod (Strathkelvin and Bearsden) (SNP) I speak as a member of the committee that considered this private bill and will concentrate my remarks on reassuring MSPs—both those who are in the chamber and those who are following the debate in their offices—before they vote at 4.45 this afternoon, given the number of emails that they have received and the assertions that have been made in them, that the committee conducted itself in an exemplary fashion.

Having been the convener of a previous private bill committee—the National Trust for Scotland (Governance etc) Bill Committee—I understand how private bill committees have to conduct themselves, and the City of Edinburgh Council (Portobello Park) Bill Committee conducted itself in an exemplary fashion. All submissions from all parties were very carefully considered by all members of the committee, at length and in great detail. When the committee needed clarification, it asked for it from all parties, whether they were objectors or the promoter.

As other members have said, we added an extra meeting to ensure that the witnesses got as much time as possible to give the evidence that they thought the committee had to hear. Indeed, one meeting began at half past 8 in the morning to ensure a timetable that meant that we did not have to curtail the evidence of any witness. We had the timetable and we had the time, if the witnesses could have stuck to it.

As the convener said, we issued two reports—one at the end of our deliberations at the preliminary stage and one at the end of our deliberations at the consideration stage. Private bill committees do not always do that. At all points in the process and at all meetings of the committee, every member took their duties seriously and worked accordingly.

The convener did not have an easy job. In her opening statement, she thanked the other committee members and the clerks and parliamentary officers who supported us. I am sure that I speak on behalf of my fellow committee members when I thank the convener for helping us through this long process. I also record my thanks to the clerks and the parliamentary officers for the support that they gave us in coming to a clear understanding of the process that we were going through and the decision that we reached.

One of the assertions in the emails that I would particularly like to address is the assertion that there was a whipped vote on the bill at the preliminary stage and that there will be a whipped vote today. Presiding Officer, you know that I am a member of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee. I take that role as seriously as I took my role on this private bill committee. I am also the senior Government whip, and I make it absolutely clear that neither at the preliminary stage nor at the final stage today have Scottish National Party members been in any way whipped or influenced. The individual members of the Scottish National Party will vote today on the basis of their consideration of the committee’s reports, which were produced with care and due consideration.

My fellow MSPs can be confident in the committee’s reports, confident that everything was examined robustly and confident that those reports are excellent supporting evidence to aid each individual member of the Parliament in making their decision today on whether the bill should be passed.

16:09

Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
5. Fiona McLeod (Strathkelvin and Bearsden) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to inform doctors about the medical certificate of cause of death that is expected to be introduced in August. (S4O-03395)



Meeting of the Parliament 26 June 2014 : Thursday, June 26, 2014
Fiona McLeod

I thank the cabinet secretary for that comprehensive reply. I am pleased to hear about how much work we have done on the issue, but what have we done to inform funeral directors of the new MCCD?

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-11375: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11374: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11134: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10380: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10279: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10269: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10110: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09780: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09716: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09442: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03638: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22822: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03534: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22536: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22244: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22010: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21917: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03395: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20558: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20080: Fiona McLeod, Strathkelvin and Bearsden, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Question >>

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