Scottish Government roll back on broadband promise
The SNP’s 2016 election campaign promised “to deliver superfast broadband to 100% of premises in Scotland by 2021”.
However, in response to a parliamentary question by a Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP, the minister responsible for delivering the Scottish Government’s R100 programme has rolled back on the 2021 target for the project, admitting that it would be ‘challenging’ to meet the government’s previous commitment.
Stone calls for immediate suspension of Loan Charge
Jamie has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking him to commit to an immediate pause of the Loan Charge until the Loan Charge Review has concluded and the Government has implemented its recommendations.
Scotland now has the worst drugs death crisis in the EU
Responding to new figures showing that there were 1,187 drugs deaths in Scotland in 2018, Jamie said:
“Scotland’s drug death rate is nearly triple that of the UK showing that Scottish drugs policy has utterly failed. We urgently need changes to be made to address this issue.
Far North MP meets with Climate Protesters
Jamie has today met with climate protesters from his constituency as part of the Time Is Now campaign.
Refugees are welcome here
On World Refugee Day, Far North MP Jamie Stone has signed the International Rescue Committee’s open letter to refugees.
Jamie Stone calls for public consultations ahead of bank closures
Speaking in a debate in Westminster, Jamie Stone has called for public consultations to be mandatory for proposed bank closures.
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement that the UK will today table legislation to set a target for net zero carbon emission by 2050, Jamie said:
“This announcement is a step in the right direction but does not go far enough to address the climate crisis we are facing.
Tories BBC licence fee decision shows meanness of spirit
Responding to the announcement that the BBC will scrap blanket free licences for over-75s Jamie Stone MP said:
“This move by the Conservative Government shows a meanness of spirit. A decent society should be judged on its generosity to the poor, the vulnerable and the elderly.
Scottish Government must deliver on broadband promises
Jamie has criticised the Scottish Government after its flagship £600 million superfast broadband project has been hit by further delays.
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