Westminster

Allan in Westminster

Tribute to Her late Majesty the Queen: 9th September 2022

Here is my tribute on behalf of my constituents of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock, to the late Queen Elizabeth in the House of Commons on the day following her death. Due to the number of MPs wishing to pay tribute, MPs were limited to three minutes speaking time. Watch below:

Parliamentary Question: 8th September 2022

I asked the representative of the Speaker's Committee whether he agrees with me that the new Prime Minister should commit to protecting the independence of the Electoral Commission, and remove aspects of Government overreach in the Elections Act.

Watch the response below:

Parliamentary Question: 7th September 2022

Jagtar Singh Johal is a Scottish Sikh from Dumbarton who was arrested in the Punjab whilst in India for his wedding in November 2017. His family have never been provided with any evidence linking him to any crime making it impossible to prepare a defence. He has reportedly been repeatedly tortured and is currently under threat of the death penalty. It was reported in The Times in August this year that not only have the British Government refused to provide him with any consular assistance, but they may actually have been instrumental in his arrest.

I asked a question in the Chamber about whether the UK Government realised the damage which has been done to the confidence and trust of the Sikh community worldwide in the UK Government by their actions.

Watch the response below:

Parliamentary Question: 28th March 2022

I recently asked the Under Secretary of State what discussions he had had with the Scottish Government in relation to the P&O's actions and what efforts has he made with Cabinet colleagues to end the utterly despicable practice of fire and rehire.

Watch his (non) response below:

Parliamentary Question: 22nd March 2022

The Scottish Government has recently committed to introducing a new Human Rights Bill for Scotland - incorporating four major UN Rights Treaties by 2025.

Today, I asked the Secretary of State, Dominic Raab, whether the UK Government would consider incorporating these plans into any future Bill of Rights.

Watch his response below:

Paid Miscarriage Leave Bill: 17th March 2022

I was pleased to be able to speak in this debate in support of change to make paid miscarriage leave compulsory, at any stage of a pregnancy. I was also able to highlight the fact that, quite rightly, the focus is on women and their care at this time, but to also recognise the profound effect that such sad circumstances may have on the father or partner in the relationship.

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Parliamentary Question: 17th March 2022

The French Government has recently decided that car adverts in France must encourage consumers to take more environmentally friendly modes of transport.

So, I asked the Minister whether the UK Government will consider this one small step to help decarbonise transport.

Watch her response below:

Parliamentary Question: 14th March 2022

During a statement on Ukrainian Refugee Sponsorship Scheme, I asked Michael Gove whether there was an actual or notional cap on the number of refugees the United Kingdom would accept, and how that would be decided.

Watch his (non) response below:

Parliamentary Question: 14th March 2022

Following the execution of 81 men in Saudi Arabia at the weekend, I asked the Government Minister whether, in light of this, the United Kingdom Government would now cease arms trade with a regime that shows no sign of respecting human rights.

Watch her response below:

Parliamentary Question: 3rd March 2022

In March, I asked the Minister how the Government can claim the UK is a world leader on animal welfare, in light of the suggested plan to drop the proposed ban on foie gras and fur imports.

Watch the response below:

Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill debate: 28th February 2022

On Monday, I spoke in the debate on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. Although the vast majority of the extremely controversial Bill does not apply to Scotland, it has implications for anyone travelling to London to take part in protests or demonstrations. The Bill is a blatant Government attempt to limit the fundamental human right of people to protest.

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Parliamentary Question: 28th February 2022

On Monday I asked the Home Secretary whether she will listen to the 50 organisations who have called for the Ukraine crisis to lead to a rethink of the discriminatory Nationality and Borders Bill. As expected, her response was disappointing.

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Adjournment Debate WPC Yvonne Fletcher: 22nd February 2022

In February 2022 I secured a 30 minute debate in the Chamber with the Minister for Crime and Policing. I chose the subject of the debate to be the Murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher in 1984. I asked a number of very relevant questions but if you listen to the Ministers response, not many answers.

Watch below:

Adjournment Debate: 22nd February 2022
WPC Yvonne Fletcher

I'm delighted to have secured an Adjournment Debate in Parliament on Tuesday 22nd February to raise the subject of the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher who was shot in the back and murdered whilst policing a political demonstration outside the Libyan Peoples Bureau in 1984.

You can watch this debate on Parliament TV at: https://parliamentlive.tv/Commons

Parliamentary Question: 10th February 2022

On the 28th January, Ministers of the three devolved administrations were called at very short notice to a meeting with the Attorney General to discuss the so-called ‘Brexit Freedom Bill’. The meeting was described as a rushed exercise, with no effort by the UK Government to properly consult the devolved governments on the details, nor seek their views on the impacts on devolved areas of policy and law.

So, today I asked the Minister:
“Will the Attorney General commit today, unequivocally, that devolved administrations will be consulted extensively before any further decisions are taken which would affect their existing policies and specifically in relation to retained EU law?”

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Parliamentary Question: 10th February 2022

Today I asked the Minister:
“Will the Minister be insisting to Cabinet colleagues that levelling up plans include finally delivering the funding necessary to roll out Superfast Broadband, as it is the UK Government's responsibility?”

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Parliamentary Question: 9th February 2022

On Wednesday 9th February 2022, I asked the Minister:

“Has the Secretary of State assessed how many millions of homes could be powered by Welsh offshore generation?”

Despite his answer, this was warmly welcomed by Welsh MP's.

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Cumberlege Report debate: 3rd February 2022

In February 2022 I spoke in the Westminster Hall debate about the Baroness Cumberlege Report. I spoke on behalf of my constituents about the devastating harm caused by the pregnancy testing drug Primodos. I will continue to fight for justice for those tragically affected by these issues.

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Parliamentary Question: 3rd February 2022

In February 2022 I asked the Minister:
“Can the Minister confirm if any of the promised £350 million a week advertised on the side of a bus as a benefit of leaving the European Union has been used to purchase PPE for the NHS?”

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Parliamentary Question: 3rd February 2022

In February 2022 I asked the Minister:
“Will the Minister join me in congratulating the residents of Levenmouth and East Neuk of Fife who will see their rail link restored over 50 years after it was abolished by his predecessor? And does he agree that the glacial progress of reconnecting communities in England to the national rail network is hindering growth while the Scottish Government's record is delivering real benefits for the people of Scotland?”

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Cost of Living Increases debate: 24th January 2022

In January 2022 I spoke in the Chamber about the cost-of-living crisis. This will have a significant impact upon my constituents, and those across the country, as food and energy prices continue to soar. The Government must implement an emergency financial package to protect those most in need, urgently.

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Universal Credit and Working Tax Credits debate: 15th September 2021

In September 2021 I spoke in the Chamber during the debate on retaining the weekly £20 uplift to Universal Credit. I voted against this callous cut to Universal Credit, but unfortunately the Conservative Government's large majority meant the cut went ahead.

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Real Fur Sales debate: 14th September 2021

In September 2021 I spoke in the Westminster Hall debate about real fur sales in the UK. Evidence from multiple scientific studies has shown that a wide range of animals are sentient beings; they have the capacity to experience joy and pleasure, but also pain and fear. A total ban on fur imports and sales is required, and it is required now.

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