The Week in Review: 7 – 13 March

This week the SNP celebrated International Women’s Day, stood up for EU nationals, and challenged the UK Government over workers’ protections during the outbreak of coronavirus. Here’s a round-up of all the latest news.

๐Ÿ“ย On Saturday we marked International Women’s Day by reflecting on progress so far, and by reaffirming our commitment to upholding, protecting and advancing the rights of all women and girls.

๐Ÿ“ย On Monday, SNP MP Stuart McDonald challenged the Tories’ approach to EU nationals, criticising the way they had been described as “cheap, unskilled labour”.

๐Ÿ“ย That day the SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford also spoke to The National about the damaging effects Tory policies will have on businesses, and highlighted the need for Scotland to become an independent country.

๐Ÿ“ย On Tuesday SNP MP Kirsty Blackman called on the UK Government to boost its protections for workers and businesses in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

๐Ÿ“ย Later that day Ian Blackford MP was on radio, calling for additional support for the hospitality and tourism industries during the crisis.

๐Ÿ“ On Wednesday First Minister Nicola Sturgeon highlighted the action being taken in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, including the roll-out of new technology that allows people to consult their GP from home.

๐Ÿ“ย Ian Blackford later challenged Boris Johnson to increase the UK’s statutory sick pay arrangements to at least the EU average, given the developing crisis caused by the coronavirus.

๐Ÿ“ย Responding to the UK government’s budget statement, Blackford also attacked the Tories’ record of austerity over the last 10 years, which has led to rising inequality, child poverty and use of food banks.

๐Ÿ“ On Wednesday evening, on BBC Debate Night, SNP MSP Jenny Gilruth highlighted the growing need for Scotland to adopt its own immigration system.

๐Ÿ“ On Thursday afternoon Nicola Sturgeon addressed a press conference about the spread of coronavirus, setting out the latest information on schools and public gatherings. The Scottish Government is due to publish further advice over the weekend.

๐Ÿ“ We released a video showing that Scotland under the SNP is a world leader in many diverse areas, from climate change to working conditions.

๐Ÿ“ And on Friday the Scottish Government launched a new helpline providing Scottish businesses with advice during the outbreak of coronavirus.