Johann Lamont MSP

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  • Member for: Glasgow Pollok
  • Region: Glasgow
  • Party: Scottish Labour

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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Johann Lamont

I saw what the First Minister did there. That was really funny.

On the matter of asking for those powers, the First Minister should reflect on the fact that, although he made six key demands of the Scotland Bill as the UK Government went through the Calman process, not one of those demands was about the railways, so he should not pretend that that was something that he was concerned about.

The First Minister’s answer seems to be simply that there is nothing that he can do. As power seeps from him, the First Minister wants more powers but still spends his life telling us what he cannot do.

Why could the First Minister not wait for a few months and look at how we, with his successor, could improve Scotland’s railways? Why choose a deal that is more expensive for Scotland? Why settle for decades-old trains? Was the general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, Mick Cash, not right when he said:

“All you’re seeing in private ownership is that money’s being sucked out of the industry and given to the private sector shareholders, or in this case is going to go to subsidise the Dutch railways”?

Why is the First Minister spending his last days in office selling out Scotland, rather than standing up for Scotland?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Johann Lamont

I am quoting Mick Whelan, the general secretary of the train drivers union ASLEF, who said that it was a

“particularly perverse decision ... to embrace privatisation and all that means rather than wait a few months, take a fresh look at the opportunities for rail services in Scotland, and then, instead of acting in such a precipitate fashion, make a considered decision next year.”

Will the First Minister tell me which part of that statement is wrong?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Johann Lamont

Maybe the First Minister can get back to me later on the question that I asked him.

The Government had it in its own hands to make sure that every worker benefiting from a public sector procurement offer would receive the living wage—if it had only had the courage of its convictions. Instead, we have had cheap words but not action.

The First Minister may not be aware that this great company that we are being told about came 18th out of 18 in a survey by Which? in which concerns were expressed about cleanliness and value for money.

Mick Whelan, the general secretary of the train drivers union ASLEF, said of the deal:

“It’s a particularly perverse decision by the SNP government in Scotland, which was arguing for independence, and is getting many more devolved powers”—

Members: When?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Johann Lamont

That was a yard-long answer, but it did not answer the question that I asked the First Minister, which was: is the deal costing the people of Scotland more? We got a lot of words, but we did not get an answer.

We know that “price is extremely important” and that

“We live in extremely straitened times in terms of the public finances and it’s our responsibility to make sure we get value for money”.

Those are not my words but those of Keith Brown, the Minister for Transport and Veterans, speaking on 20 March 2012. He does not seem to have applied the same rules.

The Government says that the deal will involve new rolling stock, but, other than the new trains already promised for the Glasgow to Edinburgh route, when Abellio talks about new trains, does it really mean new rolling stock, or does it mean refurbished trains, some of which may be decades old?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Johann Lamont

I agree whole-heartedly with what the First Minister has said. We have lost a true friend of Scotland and a man who was able to capture in such wonderful terms the politics of our country. Indeed, his humanity was known to us all.

Is it true that Abellio, which has won the right to run Scotland’s railways, was more expensive for Scotland’s taxpayers than other bidders were, as has been reported in the press? If so, how much more is the deal costing the people of Scotland?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
1. Johann Lamont (Glasgow Pollok) (Lab)

I hope that you will be as kind to me, Presiding Officer.

To ask the First Minister what engagements he has planned for the rest of the day. (S4F-02316)



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Johann Lamont

Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Johann Lamont

Will the cabinet secretary take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Johann Lamont

Will the cabinet secretary give way?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Johann Lamont

Will the member give way?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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NoCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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YesDefeated

S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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YesDefeated

S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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AbstainCarried

S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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NoCarried

S4M-11763 Mary Fee: Private Sector Rent Reform—That the Parliament notes that, over the last 10 year
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NoCarried

S4M-11766.3 Shona Robison: The State of the NHS—As an amendment to motion S4M-11766 in the name of N
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NoCarried

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Motion S4M-11116: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10843.1: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10353: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09293: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08707.3: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08407.1: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08347: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-07721.1: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04778.4: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/11/2012 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03868: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02316: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02303: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02288: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02266: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02249: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02232: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02209: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02188: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02165: Johann Lamont, Glasgow Pollok, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Question >>

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