The Scottish Parliament debated Brexit again and Scottish ministers have this week rejected the latest bid to settle the dispute over post-Brexit powers. This comes despite the Welsh and UK governments striking a deal. The UK Government is to publish changes to the EU Withdrawal Bill in an effort to end the long-running row with the devolved administrations.
Welsh ministers have reached an agreement with their UK counterparts, but the Scottish Government said there was still a “key sticking point” and called for further changes to be made. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has written to Prime Minister Theresa May accepting that “substantial progress” had been made in talks and setting out potential ways to settle the “remaining issue”.
As political pundits wait for a long-delayed ministerial reshuffle from Nicola Sturgeon (she hasn’t had one in two years since the last election), there was some movement in the tier below ministerial rank. The Scottish Government has confirmed changes to Parliamentary Liaison Officer (PLO) appointments which came through an ‘inspired’ – i.e. planted – written answer. Renfrewshire SNP MSP Tom Arthur replaces Ash Denham as PLO on Culture, Tourism & External Affairs. Coatbridge MSP Fulton MacGregor will take over as Justice PLO, which is a position he has previously held, but he also retains his role as PLO for Health & Sport. Edinburgh Eastern MSP Ash Denham no longer has a PLO role.
Labour’s Scottish Executive Committee has agreed the terms and timetable for the election of a deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party. The timetable is as follows: close of nominations – Monday 28th May; opening of formal hustings period and supporting nominations – Friday 1st June; ballots open – Thursday 26th July; ballots close – Thursday 30th August. The result will be announced soon after that. A candidate requires either 15 per cent of support from parliamentarians or 15 per cent of support of local councillors to be eligible to stand for the position of deputy leader. That means 5 parliamentarians (MPs, MSPs, MEPs) or 38 councillors. Current acting Deputy, Lesley Laird MP, is the strong favourite to succeed Alex Rowley MSP.
Congratulations to client, Loreburn Housing Association which scooped Charity Employer of the Year for the second consecutive year. This award-winning organisation was also recognised at Holyrood with a congratulatory Parliamentary motion from Finlay Carson recognising that the association competed against many other well respected national charities to win the award, praising the staff for their dedication and hard work throughout the year and noting that the housing association has invested in staff development programmes to further the association as a positive place to work.
Finally, following an integrated and sustained public affairs, PR and social media campaign, client Wavegarden Scotland successfully secured planning consent this week to turn Craigpark Quarry near Ratho to Scotland’s first artificial surfing lake, in time for surfing becoming an Olympic sport in 2020. The multi-million-pound facility promises to create 130 jobs and offer a range of other adventure activities.
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