Only by developing and manufacturing our own defence hardware can we be fully in control of the intellectual property behind it.
If we fail to give contracts for state-of-the-art defence systems and equipment to British companies, or to British led international consortia, British defence companies could easily go the same way as the British car industry. If we lose these companies and their skills it would be next to impossible to build up this knowledge and expertise in the future.
This is vital not only for the manufacturing industry in the UK but also for the security of our nation.
The Secretary of State for Scotland, David Mundell, agrees with Jamie that increased delivery charges shouldn't be a part of life for those living in the Highlands.
We now need the Government to take action.
NHS recruitment is devolved to the Scottish Government but Jamie cannot ignore the crisis we are facing in the Highlands when it comes to recruitment and retention of health service workers. Earlier this week he asked the Department for Health about this at an Urgent Question in the Commons.
The UK Government's botched Universal Credit roll out has cost the Highland Council £2.5 million. Local people desperately need proper local services and Jamie asked the Government to refund this money to the council.
Today is the 74th Anniversary of VE Day. We remember those who lost their lives and value the hard-won peace and unity across the EU that they helped secure. We must rededicate ourselves to the cause of peace in Europe - and to the EU as the best way of maintaining that peace
This week is 20 years since Jamie was first elected to the Scottish Parliament. He asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what he was doing to ensure the Scottish Government doesn't just use its devolved powers to benefit the Central Belt, and to ensure that the benefits of devolution settlements reach beyond the Central Belt and make it to the Far North.
Today Jamie spoke in the Commons about extending votes to 16 and 17 year olds. They are trusted to join the army, get married and pay taxes yet the Government doesn’t trust them to vote.
16 and 17 year olds in Scotland showed not only their awareness of voting responsibilities but also their desire to be involved in the process. Extending votes to 16 and 17 year olds is a crucial next step, especially given Brexit poses so many threats to the lives of young people.
They deserve their voice to be heard and it is time Ministers ensure every 16 and 17 year old across the UK has the same right to vote.
🚀Its not often that Jamie agrees with the Prime Minister but on the issue of the Sutherland Spaceport he does. In her words it will be "good for our economy, it’s good for the local economy, it’s good for constituents and the UK as a whole".
Responding to an Urgent Question on Clydesdale Bank in the House of Commons today Jamie Stone has called for a full inquiry into banks and their treatment of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
This week Jamie talks Brexit, trains and plastic.