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.
Earlier today Jamie asked the Prime Minister for a meeting as Highlands and Islands Enterprise report that 70% of businesses in the Highlands see Brexit as a direct risk to their future. A ministerial meeting with representatives from businesses and HIE would ensure the voices of those working in the Far North are heard.
Undoubtedly the best option for Scotland’s rural economy is to remain in the single market, as part of the EU, something which the Lib Dems have been campaigning for since the referendum and something that Jamie will be making clear to ministers.
Earlier this week Jamie asked Jeremy Hunt what he is doing to ensure Russia does not stand in the way of a peaceful solution to the political crisis in Syria.
We must find a global solution to counter Daesh and to ensure a Syrian-led political transition.
This week Jamie asked the Cabinet Office what they are doing to aid the roll out of broadband to rural areas of the country like the Highlands. While the Scottish Government is responsible for the delivery of broadband in the Far North, they are currently failing his constituents.
When Jamie meets with the Minister he will stress the importance of ring-fenced money for broadband in the Highlands so that constituents are not treated as second class citizens when it comes to quality online access. Being disadvantaged simply because of where you live is plain wrong.
Rehabilitation is a vital component of our prison system. Jamie asked the Minister what his department is doing to encourage businesses to offer work placements as a part of rehabilitation programs.
Last week the Government announced that they would be condensing 170 HMRC offices to 13 regional hubs. The two Scottish ones will be in Edinburgh and Glasgow. This will be a huge distance for people living and working in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross. With important ports such as Scrabster and Wick in the Far North it would surely make more sense to simply reopen the Wick tax office.