Jamie McGrigor MSP

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Jamie McGrigor MSP

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  • Member for: Highlands and Islands
  • Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

The progress made by Isil in June came as a big shock to the international community. It is clear that the group’s advance was facilitated by not just the unrest in Syria but the inability of the Iraqi army to successfully fight back in the north of Iraq. It is therefore very important that, alongside air strikes, we need to be sure that Iraq has the ability to make progress on the ground.

Will the minister join me in welcoming the announcement in September that the United Kingdom had agreed to supply heavy machineguns and 0.5 million rounds of ammunition to the Peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq?



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Does the minister agree that the security and prosperity of Hong Kong is underpinned by the fundamental freedoms and rights that are stated in the Sino-British joint declaration? Does he agree that those freedoms are best guaranteed by the transition to universal suffrage?



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Minister, you have avoided the fact that you have missed the target for three years running. Surely you should not be triumphant about that.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Jamie McGrigor

I beg your pardon, Presiding Officer.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

I am pleased to open today’s short debate for the Scottish Conservatives. As a farmer, I am sure that climate change is one of the most important issues that we face. It is a serious threat to our environment, to the economy, to global security and to the eradication of poverty.

Although it is welcome that the UN summit made some progress, international leaders need to turn rhetoric into action, and there are significant challenges ahead before the Paris summit late next year. China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli surprised many people when he said that the country's emissions would peak as soon as possible, and we must all hope that that is the case, not least because China has just surpassed the EU in annual greenhouse gas emissions per capita.

The agreement that was reached on deforestation, which included a pledge to halve it by 2020 and to stamp it out by 2030, is welcome, although Brazil’s refusal to sign up is a disappointment, and many people will want the agreement to be made legally binding.

I welcome David Cameron’s positive role at the summit, and the speech that he gave. He was able to speak with real authority because our UK Government’s record is strong. We have honoured our commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of gross national income on international development, and we are investing £4 billion in climate finance and more than £200 million in tackling deforestation in poor countries. The Prime Minister’s pledge that he would push his fellow EU leaders to come to Paris with ambitious emissions reduction targets is also to be welcomed.

The UK Government is also making significant progress at home with multibillion-pound investments in the development of new nuclear power and advanced carbon storage. The Prime Minister was absolutely right to say that if the international community gets things right, there need not be a trade-off between economic growth and reducing carbon emissions.

We can also be very proud of the UK’s cutting-edge research. Last year, I hosted a parliamentary reception on nuclear fusion research and the excellent job that is being done at Culham. Nuclear fusion has the capacity to solve the energy problems of the future, but we need to ensure that we are prepared to take the necessary long-term decisions. After all, one inherent problem over past decades has been the use of short-term solutions to deal with long-term problems.

We acknowledge the Scottish Government’s efforts to tackle the causes of climate change here, and the good work of so many Scottish organisations, businesses and individuals, including the minister himself. Of course, the Scottish Government would have had more credibility on the issue had it met its greenhouse gas emissions targets in 2010, 2011 and 2012 instead of missing them, so we look forward to progress being made in that area.

Practical user-friendly measures that individuals and businesses can adopt must be a priority. On that point, this very morning, I met individuals from the Horticultural Trades Association. The sector is a significant employer in Scotland, and the association highlighted examples of green walls of climbing plants that are used in other countries as a form of air-conditioning and heat preserver. Given what we know of the benefit of green spaces to our urban communities and the general contribution that plants make to a cleaner future, why are we not doing more to help Scotland’s horticultural industry—which is in some ways disadvantaged by regulatory bodies that in some cases are no longer fit for purpose—to employ more people and at the same time give greater environmental benefit?



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Jamie McGrigor

Have I a moment to finish, Presiding Officer?



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Jamie McGrigor

Most of us will probably not have to deal with the worst consequences of the effects of climate change; that will be for our children, their children and the generations to come. It is a question of the legacy that we want to pass on to them. Will we be the generation that could have done something, but sat idly by and watched, or will we be remembered for our decisive action that ensured that we evaded the worst effects of climate change?

I move amendment S4M-11029.1, to leave out from second “notes” to “climate justice” and insert:

“welcomes the Prime Minister’s speech at the summit in which he highlighted that the UK has cut greenhouse gas emissions by one quarter and was on track to cut emissions by 80% by 2050; further welcomes the Prime Minister’s summit pledge to push European Union leaders to come to Paris with an offer to cut emissions by at least 40% by 2030; is of the opinion that the Scottish Government would have more credibility on climate change issues if it had not repeatedly failed to meet its own greenhouse gas emission reduction targets”.



Meeting of the Parliament 24 September 2014 : Wednesday, September 24, 2014
15. Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

To ask the Scottish Government how it supports the provision of accessible general practitioner services for people in remote and rural areas. (S4O-03525)



Meeting of the Parliament 24 September 2014 : Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Jamie McGrigor

Is the minister aware of plans to reduce the number of GP consulting hours in Dalmally, which is one of the most geographically remote GP practices in the United Kingdom? The plans are apparently due to a lack of uplift in additional payments from the health board to support Dalmally surgery since 2004. Is he also aware of concerns in Inverary, nearby, where people have had to rely on locum GP cover for three years?

Will the minister raise those concerns with NHS Highland and work to ensure that communities in rural areas are not receiving a poorer level of GP cover than areas in the central belt receive? Does he agree that devolution was meant to improve living standards for everyone in Scotland?



European and External Relations Committee 21 August 2014 : Thursday, August 21, 2014
Jamie McGrigor (Highlands and Islands) (Con)

Is there any particular reason to take it in private?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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NoCarried

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

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

S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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NoDefeated

Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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YesDefeated

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Motion S4M-11029.1: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 30/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10347.1: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10287: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09916.1: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09922: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09709: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09294.1: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08443: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08311: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07848: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03624: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03525: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22517: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22518: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00777: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03493: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22331: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22231: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 01/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03441: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21823: Jamie McGrigor, Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Question >>

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