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No, Esther McVey, the benefits rape clause is not “extra help” for women

I thought I’d heard it all from the UK government on the pernicious rape clause. It’s now a year since it came into force, and almost three since it was announced in the July Budget of 2015. But Esther McVey, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions,...Read More »


A year on from election call, a weak Theresa May is still letting Scotland down

Today marks a year since Theresa May made her ill-fated decision to call a General Election in an attempt to ‘strengthen her hand’.

 

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Trade with China is booming – we’re working to grow it further

I’m writing this week’s column having just arrived home in Glasgow from a successful official visit to China – so this is a good opportunity to share some reflections on what has been a very productive week.

 

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Back in 2015, David Cameron brought forward a debate on military action against ISIS in Syria, following the abhorrent terrorist attacks in Paris.

 

That motion explicitly stated that any military action would be targeted against ISIS – and we were told time and again that this would not be...Read More »


Two weeks of Paternity Leave for new dads is just not good enough

New dads should have at least four weeks paternity leave not two, says SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor.

 

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