In government, we’re working every day to build a better Scotland.
On 23 June 2016 Scotland voted decisively to remain in Europe. Since then the Tory government has been so riven by infighting that they are left united on just one issue – a power grab on the Scottish Parliament which rips up the founding principles of devolution.
Below is a statement given to the Scottish Parliament by the Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland's Place in Europe, Michael Russell MSP.
Scotland has made huge progress in tackling homelessness. In fact, some of the action taken has been truly world leading. We have seen a long term decrease in homelessness in Scotland but we are also aware of worrying signs of an increase in rough sleeping.
The Tories really do think they can do whatever they like to Scotland and get away with it.
This week is Carers Week, where we reflect on the priceless contribution that Scotland’s 788,000 carers make to our society. In government we’re working to ensure that their contribution is duly valued and properly supported.
SNP MPs left the chamber yesterday in protest because Scotland has been silenced on Brexit. Because we are witnessing a constitutional crisis where the Scottish Parliament is being ignored, and because the devolution settlement has been shafted by this Tory government – yet we were not given the opportunity to debate this.
In 2009, the Scottish Parliament passed one of the most ambitious climate change laws anywhere in the world. The latest statistics show we remain well on track to achieve a 42 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.
This week the House of Commons will debate the EU Withdrawal Bill.