In a speech today at an international conference, Paul Tucker, the Bank of England’s Deputy Governor for Financial Stability, outlines the virtues of cross-border co-operation in financial regulation – and in doing so shatters Scottish Secretary Michael Moore’s Treasury paper which scaremongers on financial regulation in an independent Scotland.
Stewart Hosie MP, the SNP’s Treasury Spokesman at Westminster, said:
“Timing is everything, and the Treasury paper has been completely undermined by Mr Tucker’s speech today – which is all about the importance of cross-border co-operation in financial regulation in order to protect taxpayers.
“While Michael Moore scaremongers in Edinburgh on behalf of the No campaign, Paul Tucker for the Bank of England reflects the reality at an international conference.
“Coming hot on the heels of the admission by Denis Healey that the UK Government played down the extent of Scotland’s North Sea resources in the 1970s as part of the campaign to oppose independence, today’s paper is another example of why it’s time for the No campaign to pulp the fiction about Scotland’s abilities.”
Shona with Barnhill PS pupils at today’s event.
Dundee City East MSP Shona Robison today joined P7 school pupils at Barnhill Primary School to promote Walk To School Week.
The initiative by the pupils, part of the Scottish Government’s Greener Together campaign, is supported by Paths for All and Dundee City Council’s Education Department.
Speaking to the school assembly, Shona commended the pupils on their initiative and on their commitment to healthy exercise which was so important for them as individuals and for a more green, environmentally-friendly and more active Scotland.
Shona is pictured with staff and P7 pupils at the event. Also in the picture; Keith Irving, Head of Living Streets Scotland (back left), Ian Findlay, Chief Officer of Paths For All, (third from right), Headteacher Pamela Nesbitt is second from right.
Dundee City East MSP Shona Robison gave an opening speech to the one day Scottish Conference of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists at the city’s Apex Hotel on Saturday 18th May.
Hosted by the local branch of the Society and attended by members from across Scotland, topics considered by the conference included Peripheral Neuropathy, Promoting Activity in Pre and Post Treatment Cancer Patients, Mature Onset Diabetes in the Young.
Among the speakers is Dr Andrew Murray an Edinburgh GP who completed 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 continents, Dr Kathleen White a Consultant Neurologist from NHS Tayside, Dr Anna Campbell of Dundee University, Dr Bob Leckridge from Glasgow Homeopathy Hospital and Jayne Cameron, MODY Nurse with NHS Tayside.
Picture shows Shona with speakers before the Conference.
Dundee City West MSP Joe FitzPatrick today [20th] met with local management of NCR at their offices in Fulton Road after an announcement about job losses.
Joe said: “Obviously as the local MSP I am deeply concerned for members of staff facing potential redundancy and they remain my first priority.
“The staff at NCR Dundee are very experienced and highly skilled, but the potential job losses are part of an international re-alignment that will impact on NCR sites across the world.
“In Dundee this will impact on both hardware and software engineering, although I was assured that Dundee remains integral to NCR’s global business.
“I have already spoken with John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, who has assured me that the Scottish Government will work with the company to help those affected and maintain as many jobs in Dundee as possible.
“I remain hopeful that NCR will endeavour to avoid redundancies and I stand ready to support the local management and staff in any way I can.”
Scottish Secretary Michael Moore exposed the UK Government’s case against independence today as he admitted he was “speculating” on questions of currency and financial regulation.
After making claims about Europe’s position on financial regulation in an independent Scotland Michael Moore was challenged during Scottish Affairs Committee by Ian Davidson MP who asked “How do you know that?” In response Mr Moore was forced to say “Okay- I’m speculating”.
The comment destroys the position taken by the UK on currency, financial regulation and the financial sector.
SNP Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie MP said:
“Michael Moore has given the No campaign’s game away. He has admitted that the UK Government’s position is nothing more than speculation and assertion. This admission fundamentally undermines the UK’s case.
“And once again UK ministers could not rule out a Sterling area as they know that it is simply common sense.
“Instead of speculating and talking down Scotland’s financial sector the UK Government could agree to the Fiscal Commission’s suggestion and engage in some proper discussions.“
Commenting on other parts of the Scottish Affair’s session Mr Hosie said:
“This was the usual No campaign rhetoric dressed up as a parliamentary inquiry. UK Ministers offered nothing to the debate today, no positive case for the union and no vision for the future.
“The reality is that even Danny Alexander cannot deny that with independence continuing to use sterling and preserving the single UK market for trade and business is in the best interests of people in both Scotland and other parts of the UK.”
Dundee City West MSP Joe FitzPatrick today welcomed the announcement that Dundee rail station is to benefit from the introduction of Wi-Fi for passengers.
In the latest phase of the move towards providing Wi-Fi services on Scotland’s trains and stations, Dundee has been named as one of 25 stations in Scotland that will see the service installed by December this year.
Joe FitzPatrick said: “The SNP Government promised to ensure Wi-Fi facilities was made available on trains and stations across Scotland’s rail network by 2019 and work is already under way to install these services with 59 ScotRail trains expected to be equipped with Wi-Fi by the end of 2013.
“Trains will be fitted with Wi-Fi facilities at a rate of six or seven a month from October this year thanks to more than £1million of Scottish Government funding.
“Free Wi-Fi will be rolled out across 25 of ScotRail stations and all 38 of their Class 380 trains.
“This is great news — with the new £14 million rail station concourse which the city is to get as part of the waterfront development by 2015 — and will be welcomed by commuters and passengers who use Dundee station on a regular basis.
“Dundee is home to a significant cluster of Scotland’s digital media and computer games industry and this will help to support the business community as well as individuals and make journeys more pleasant and productive.”
The SNP has today [14 May] tabled an amendment to the Queen’s Speech calling for a change in economic policy to boost growth and jobs. The amendment will say that the programme announced “fails to meet the aspirations of the people of Scotland.”
SNP Treasury Spokesperson Stewart Hosie MP is expected to highlight the reported £11.5 billion extra cuts to be demanded in the forthcoming spending review and say, “The few sensible measures in the Queen’s Speech will be overwhelmed by the further Tory cuts expected to be announced in June.”
Commenting ahead of the House of Commons debate, Stewart Hosie MP said:
“The Prime Minister was wrong when he said this package would, ‘cut the deficit, grow the economy, deliver a better future for our children’ and win the global race’. Instead we have a continuation of the failed UK policy of austerity with little or nothing to stimulate growth.
“Rather than competing and winning, this UK Government has set Scotland on track for a lost decade of austerity under the Westminster system – underlining exactly why we need the powers of an independent Scotland.
“UK policy has seen a flat-lining economy and worse, forecasts of more than one in four children being forced into poverty. Everyone knows policy needs to change. Even the IMF Chief Economist Olivier Blanchard said the UK was, “playing with fire” if it allowed this economic stagnation to continue.
“The package of austerity will never meet the aspirations of the people of Scotland.
“Only with independence, having full powers at Holyrood, will we have the opportunity to do things differently – and better.”
Tayside-based MEP Ian Hudghton sponsored a visit by a group of Dundee University students to Strasbourg last week. This was part of a study tour of EU institutions in Strasbourg and Brussels plus a visit to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Lecturers attending were Iain Luke and Marion Sporing.
Last month the SNP MEP enjoyed a lively question and answer session with the students at Dundee University as part of the preparations for their visit to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and the European Commission in Brussels.
The group are all studying European subjects as part of a variety of other degree courses, and were very much aware of the importance of the EU as a legislative entity and had many questions and comments about Scotland’s place in the complex framework of EU membership.
Commenting Ian Hudghton said:
“One of the most effective ways to learn more about who does what, in the European Union is to visit the institutions. I am very pleased to be able to sponsor the Dundee University group’s visit to the Strasbourg Parliament during a plenary session, as part of their fact-finding tour which will include briefings at the European Commission and at Scotland House in Brussels.”