As of 28 March 2023, I am the Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Home Affairs in the House of Commons. This means that my work in Parliament includes and focuses on scrutiny of UK Government policy under the purview of the Home Office, including immigration law, drugs, policing, the security services, and counter-terrorism.
In the past I have also served in a number of other spokesperson roles, including as Shadow SNP Treasury Spokesperson (20 June 2017 to 12 December 2022), Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Housing, Communities and Local Government (1 July 2018 – 7 January 2020) and Shadow SNP Spokesperson for Cities (20 May 2015 – 1 July 2018)
As the SNP Westminster spokesperson for Home Affairs, I currently sit on the Home Affairs Committee, as well as the bill committees for the Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill and the Finance (No.2) Bill. You may find out more about the work of these committees on the pages linked below:
- Home Affairs Committee
- Economic Crime and Corporate Transparency Bill Committee
- Finance (No. 2) Bill Committee
Speeches and questions
An inexaustive rolling feed of my contributions can also be found below, courtesy of TheyWorkForYou.com.
- On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Accuracy is incredibly important in this House, and I would not want something incorrect to be on the record. The Home Secretary said in his statement:…
- “Exploring” is not “copying”.
- So it is not true.
- No, he quoted the Home Secretary!
- Humpty Dumpty said, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.” Just by saying that Rwanda is a safe country does not make it so….
- Further to that point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. On a point of accuracy, those who are being moved to Albania will be under Italian law. That is not the case in the Rwanda plan.
- To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2023 to Question 2159 on Asylum: Rwanda, where on the Gov.uk website information on legal fees for R…
- Can the Secretary of State tell us what role the RAF base in Cyprus is currently playing in this situation? Is any military matériel being moved through that base?
- To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many allowed (a) entry clearance and (b) in-country appeal decisions are awaiting implementation as of 29 November 2023.
- To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make an assessment of the number of ARAP applications from former members of the (a) Afghan Territorial Force 444 and (b) Commando Force 333…
- To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to his oral contribution in response to the question from the hon. Member for Glasgow North of 27 November 2022, Official…
- I wish to take a different approach from the Westminster parties to the migration statistics. On behalf of the SNP, I thank those people who have come to make their home here and to contribute to…
- I have always loved the opportunity to put my support for Ukraine and Ukrainians on the record. I appreciate that the Minister is not the correct Minister for this point, but I can see that the…
- The Minister is deflecting quite a lot. [Interruption.] Government Members would do well to listen because their systems are not working; they are failing people every single day. In the first…
- Last week, a woman and a man died while attempting to cross the channel in a small boat; others in their group were hospitalised for hypothermia. Despite the clear risks, over 400 people in nine…
- To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of allowing half of all marketing spend to be included in the qualifying costs of Theatre Tax Relief.
- To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of permanently extending the higher rate of Theatre Tax Relief.
- To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department spent on R (on the application of AAA (Syria) and others) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and related cases.
- To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost to the public purse was of establishing the UK and Rwanda Migration and Economic Development Partnership.
- To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of civil servants in his Department who are on (a) pay band Senior Civil Servant 2 and (b) full-time equivalent contracts…