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Sheku Bayoh Inquiry Resumes

Hearings to take evidence in the inquiry into the death in police custody of Sheku Bayoh, in May 2015, resumed in Edinburgh today. I couldn't attend this morning's vigil due to a longstanding constituency engagement, but I sent a message of solidarity to Sheku's courageous sister, Kadi Johnson, and other family members. 'Friends, I send [...]

2022-11-22T16:15:21+00:00November 22nd, 2022|Anti Racism, Human Rights, Justice, Mental Health|0 Comments

Scotland’s leadership delivers progress on Loss and Damage at COP27

As Convener of the Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Pakistan, I was pleased to welcome Consul General Raza to our meeting on 8 November. The Consul General shared these shocking images of how monsoon floods left one third of the country under water, with houses, hospitals, industry, and livestock all just washed [...]

2022-11-22T12:40:45+00:00November 22nd, 2022|Climate Emergency, Human Rights|0 Comments

Democracy Matters – General Election Now!

So Scotland and the UK have another yet new Prime Minister. Rishi Sunak becomes the 10th Prime Minister Scotland hasn't voted for. The 3rd since Brexit - which we didn't vote for. In fact, nobody voted for him to be Prime Minister - neither the people of Scotland nor the rest of the UK. Not [...]

2022-10-31T11:49:56+00:00October 25th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ending Institutional Racism in Sport

'Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.' The words of the late American author, James Baldwin, are perfect to describe the accusation of institutional racism facing Cricket Scotland. On 7 September I was proud to lead a Member's Debate in parliament on the subject of [...]

2022-09-14T11:37:13+00:00September 14th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Pakistan Floods Appeal 2022

The situation in Pakistan following flash floods is horrendous. The trauma and suffering of the people in the areas affected is on an almost unimaginable scale. The government of Pakistan estimates that a third of the country – an area the size of the UK – is under water. At least 1,100 people have died, [...]

2022-09-01T16:03:58+00:00September 1st, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Exam Results 2022 – a cause for celebration

This year, for the first time since 2019 students have sat traditional exams to confirm their achievements in learning. In 2020 exams were cancelled due to the pandemic and grades were based on teacher assessment. In 2021 there were school based tests but they were not the same as a national exam programme. Today’s results [...]

2022-08-09T11:52:03+00:00August 9th, 2022|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Racism in sport – an intolerable situation

Changing The Boundaries - the Plan4Sport Independent Review into Racism in Scottish Cricket, which was published earlier this week, makes for shocking reading. It is an appalling indictment of an organisation that has received over £500,000 from the Scottish Government via Sport Scotland since 2019. As the review states in its introduction: ‘In 1999, the [...]

2022-07-28T15:02:20+00:00July 28th, 2022|Anti Racism, Sport|0 Comments

Social Security Scotland – building a benefit system to tackle inequality

Last week I read an article in the Daily Record that really rankled with me. It was about the new Social Security Scotland system being developed by the Scottish Government to deliver a range of benefits. Some of these benefits we are taking over from the UK Government, and some are brand new benefits, like [...]

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