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

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Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

I take this opportunity to thank colleagues from across the parties for supporting the motion in my name. Many members who are here this evening will be familiar with the Glasgow Fort. I advise members that there are just seven days left until Christmas. I know that there are many bargains to be had at the Glasgow Fort, at junction 10 of the M8, so you should take advantage of that on your way home this evening.

The Fort shopping centre provides more than 2,500 jobs and is located in the Easterhouse area of my constituency, Glasgow Provan. Members may be aware of some of the background and the challenges that face the east end of Glasgow, particularly Easterhouse, with its high concentration of unemployment.

It was recently announced that Marks and Spencer will build an extension to its existing facility at the Glasgow Fort, which will add another 500 jobs to the existing 2,500. I am sure that, like the whole community, every member in the chamber will agree with me that the extension is welcome in an area of high unemployment. At the same time, we must ensure that the investment benefits those who live in the locality of the Fort.

I was compelled to lodge the motion after having a conversation with a young man who lives directly across from the Glasgow Fort. He welcomed the expansion of the facility, but he advised me that he had been facing a number of difficulties in securing permanent employment since leaving college. He said that, most importantly, he wanted to work. When I discussed with him the new jobs that are coming to the Fort, he advised me that, due to the gaps in his employment history and the challenges that he faced in creating a CV, he did not feel that he would be given the opportunity to pursue the jobs that are coming with the expansion of the Fort.

I find that unacceptable. That young man, other young people in Easterhouse, and indeed other people elsewhere who wish to take up such employment opportunities in their local area should be given the opportunity to take them up.

Simply put in my terms, there is no lack of aspiration to work; there is a lack of opportunity. We in the Parliament have the responsibility and the powers available to us to take action in that respect.

Unfortunately, there are many other people in my constituency and in other parts of Glasgow and beyond who find themselves in a similar position. We have a responsibility to reverse that trend. As I have said, it is important that, as a local member, I recognise and welcome the investment, but we need to take action and consider how we can reverse the trend that I have described.

I have already written to the chief executive of Marks and Spencer, and I have called on him to employ local jobseekers and to work with the council’s Jobs & Business Glasgow organisation to consider how we can support those who wish to gain employment in the Glasgow Fort. I welcome the positive reply that I have received from the chief executive of Marks and Spencer, and I look forward to meeting the company in the new year to discuss various initiatives to give local people the opportunities that they deserve.

I would also like Marks and Spencer to follow the lead of one of its rivals, Tesco. When I represented Springburn, I worked with Tesco on the St Rollox initiative, which ensured that 450 local people from Springburn were employed at its store in St Rollox. Many of them still work there. As part of that initiative, one gentleman, who had not worked for 25 years, got the support that he deserved and was able to secure employment at the store.

My main ask of the Scottish Government is that it encourages employers to employ locally and puts in place the resources necessary to take that forward. As I have said, there are a number of very complex reasons why individuals are not able to gain employment, but it is the responsibility of members in this chamber to take the matter forward.

Unemployment, with its costs to and challenges for our economy, is unacceptable, and I think that all of us in the chamber are united in taking action on the issue. In citing the St Rollox initiative, which prepared people to apply for the posts that became available, I have highlighted a specific example of best practice. I also welcome the £45 million investment that has been made in the local area with the expansion of the Glasgow Fort as well as other investments in the area, and I very much look forward to working with, I hope, the Scottish Government and local employers to ensure that we make a difference and give people a genuine opportunity to be employed in the locality.

17:12  

Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Paul Martin

Will the cabinet secretary join me in congratulating Glasgow City Council on its affordable warmth dividend, which is paid to the over-80s? To ensure that that good work in directly tackling fuel poverty continues, will he ensure that Glasgow receives a fair award in the local government finance settlement, on which we will hear a statement tomorrow?



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
6. Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government when the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights last met representatives of Glasgow City Council and what matters were discussed. (S4O-03806)



Meeting of the Parliament 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
Paul Martin

I welcome the former minister’s contribution. I am not sure how disappointed he is that job offers have not come in, but I am sure that he will reflect on that.

In conclusion, it is important to recognise that transparency in the Parliament is crucial in many ways. We should recognise that the independence referendum brought a result, which is that the people of Scotland want to engage with the Parliament. We must ensure that people feel that that will happen in a fair and effective manner and that everyone has access to the Parliament regardless of their status and who they are. Those are the principles with which we wish to move forward.

We welcome the interim report and look forward to the final report being laid before the Parliament.



Meeting of the Parliament 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
Paul Martin

Absolutely.



Meeting of the Parliament 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

As others have done, I commend the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee for its good work and welcome the approach that it has taken to today’s debate, which has been to lay before us an interim report and to allow members to contribute to the process.

We should recognise the role that Neil Findlay has played in ensuring that the issue was brought before the committee. I also welcome the fact that the Scottish Government has adopted his approach and his proposed member’s bill, and I hope that that will be elaborated on. I put on record the fact that Neil Findlay has yet to lobby me in seeking election as Labour leader, but I am sure that he will do so in due course.

It should be noted that more than 90 per cent of those who responded to the consultation exercise that Neil Findlay set in place said that they were in favour of the proposed bill being progressed. The debate should be about ensuring that the bill can be taken forward and that, in doing so, we take into account the wide range of views that have been expressed in the Parliament.

We are in no doubt that a statutory register of lobbyists is a must if we are to improve transparency and to maintain public confidence in the Parliament’s decision making.

It should be noted that, during its many evidence sessions, the committee heard that, unless action is taken to make the lobbying system more transparent and accountable, standards will inevitably be reduced. Whenever any politician is found to be abusing their position of privilege, that affects the Parliament’s reputation. We owe it to all our constituents to ensure that we maintain the integrity of Parliament at every possible opportunity.

Introducing transparency into the law-making process can only be good. It would indeed help the Parliament to play its role in reducing the distrust of their MSPs that many people feel and would ensure that the Parliament can operate in an effective manner.

Labour members believe that a statutory register can be the backbone of a new law that gives people confidence that laws have been introduced fairly and not only in the interests of those who have experience behind them and professional lobbyists on their side.

There will, of course, be critics of the statutory register process. People will argue that only certain lobbying activities, such as formal meetings, will be recorded or that the financial threshold will be a particular barrier. Many of those arguments were made against the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, the register of social landlords, and the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006. We need to recognise that we must go forward in the manner that many members and many of those who have contributed to the process have said.

We recognise—Joe FitzPatrick alluded to this—that lobbying should be a democratic right that should be protected and that a person’s ability to communicate with their elected representative should not be restricted. However, let us be clear: this is not about the pensioner visiting a surgery and raising concerns about their local bus service; it is about professional lobbyists and a £2 billion-a-year industry that has grown over the past decade. It is right that a regulatory process should be put in place to deal with that; we should put in place effective measures to deal with undue influencing by companies that are in danger of overstepping the mark on occasion.

The test of the new legislation would be the transparency that we can offer to the public. Labour’s opinion is that we should look at the relationship of those who have been lobbied to ensure that the principles of transparency are put in place.

We also believe that rules must be put in place to deal with former ministers. I would have welcomed a contribution from the minister on how that issue could be taken forward. I am not sure what further evidence the committee could take on that, but we have to deal with the fact that undue influencing can be a feature for former ministers. The Westminster Government in particular has faced that challenge. We must ensure that we take forward that issue.



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
Paul Martin

As the minister is aware, I want to work with the Government, as I am sure all members in the chamber do, to ensure that we take this issue forward. However, it has been over a year since Broagan McCuaig was attacked in my constituency. What action will the minister take so that we in the chamber can take forward proposals that will allow us to make an everlasting commitment to give our communities maximum protection from irresponsible dog owners and dangerous dogs?



Meeting of the Parliament 30 October 2014 : Thursday, October 30, 2014
6. Paul Martin (Glasgow Provan) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what control measures it is considering following its recent consultation on promoting responsible dog ownership. (S4O-03626)



Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Paul Martin

—and the new First Minister introduces her programme for Government on Tuesday 28 October. That will allow the current First Minister to spend more time doing the things that I mentioned.

It is time to stop looking at the issues that are not of concern to the people of Scotland and do something meaningful. The Government needs to stop the talking and do the walking. Let us move on and see a programme for government.

17:33  

Meeting of the Parliament 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Paul Martin

—and recognise that the Government is being prevented from introducing the programme because it will be another six weeks before the Deputy First Minister is installed as leader. Therefore, we suggest that the First Minister steps aside—perhaps he could spend more time on the golf course and on radio programmes—

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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YesDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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NoCarried

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

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Motion S4M-11702: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11432: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11253: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03806: Paul Martin, Glasgow Provan, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
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