Holyrood Highlights: The normal folk's guide to Thursday in parliament
One day more…
IT MAY SEEM like any other day in Holyrood, but judging by some of the hysterical rhetoric employed by Conservative MSPs during last night’s vote on the Continuity Bill, the Scottish Parliament has crossed the Rubicon into criminality.
"Promises were made": Campaigners argue Freedom of Information laws must be made fit for purpose
Experts will appear before a Scottish Parliament committee to scrutiny FOI legislation
THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) ACT may not be being adhered to in the spirit in which the act was intended, experts with tell a Scottish Parliament committee examining the effectiveness of the legislation.
TSSA slams Tory cuts to Scottish railways following launch of national investment strategy
Transport union asks if the Tories’ ideological commitment to the private sector will saddle Scotland’s railways with debt
THE TRANSPORT SALARIED STAFFS’ ASSOCIATION (TSSA) has condemned enormous cuts made to the funding of Scotland’s rail infrastructure by the UK Government, following the publication of the Scottish Government’s rail investment strategy for the next decade.
Holyrood Highlights: The normal folk's guide to Wednesday in parliament
Continuity Bill culminates campaign to curtail calamity
WEDNESDAY – the halfway point in the week for both parliamentarians, with their three-day schedule, as well as regular humans.
Today is likely to be dominated by the Continuity Bill, which means everyone is working late again. Subject to Rule 9.8.4A - which every schoolchild knows - all remaining amendments will be considered in a tightly constrained timeframe, so hopefully, when parliament caps off the day with Decision Time, something will be decided other than who gets the last taxi home.
Nicola Sturgeon expands challenge to get Scotland's children reading
Nicola Sturgeon announces a nationwide roll-out of literacy initiative to secondary schools, libraries and community groups
THE FIRST MINISTER’S READING CHALLENGE, a nationwide initiative to encourage Scotland’s children to read, is to be expanded following a positive evaluation of its impact thus far.
The Reading Challenge, funded by the Scottish Government and delivered by the Scottish Book Trust, offers resources and guidance to Scottish schools in order to promote reading for pleasure amongst children.
Scotland could be “significantly more democratically enfranchised” than England post-Brexit
UK-EU transition deal means power over local election and referendum voting rights will return on exit date
AS THE UK-EU transition deal makes clear that the EU law which provides the right of EU citizens to vote in local elections and local referendums will no longer apply to the UK on exit date, the Scottish Government has asserted its intention to use its devolved powers to maintain and expand on voting rights in Scotland.
Holyrood Highlights: The normal folk's guide to Tuesday in parliament
Hello, Ruby Tuesday…
HOLYROOD begins the week proper today, and while there is much anticipation for the big events later in the week – the Continuity Bill, First Minister’s Questions, and Friday’s Hands Off Our Parliament protest – there’s still plenty going on.
Check out all the details of Tuesday in parliament below.
Scottish fishing industry victims of 'massive sellout' by the Tories, says Nicola Sturgeon
Michael Russell asks if Ruth Davidson should resign following anger from fishing industry over broken Tory promises
THE LATEST DRAFT AGREEMENT on Brexit between the UK and the European Union amounts to a “massive sellout of the Scottish fishing industry by the Tories,” First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.
Holyrood Highlights: The normal folk's guide to the week ahead in parliament
Gaze into the unfathomable future of the next seven days
WITH EDINBURGH still suffering a minor relapse in Spring snow – not so much a Beast from the East as a small hamster from Leith – it’s probably for the best that Holyrood is enjoying its usual Monday recess.
Yet as always, your tireless correspondents at CommonSpace are here to give you all the previews and updates on parliamentary business for the coming week. Now, read on…
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