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

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 [...]

Celebrating Pride Mardi-Gla 2022!

I really enjoyed being part of the amazing Pride Mardi Gla march in Glasgow on 17 July - the first major Pride event in Europe with a theme of bisexuality. The success of this inclusive and diverse event is a wonderful tribute to the many years of campaigning and awareness raising by so many committed [...]

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