Budget delivers for Scotland amidst Brexit chaos, says McMillan

Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP set out his 2019-2020 budget in the Scottish Parliament, which prepares Scotland’s economy for the opportunities of the future, enables the transformation of essential public services, and builds a more inclusive and just society. It does so in the context of continuing UK austerity, which has reduced the Scottish Government’s […]

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Tories policies have broken Britain, not the EU, says McMillan

Yesterday the Scottish Parliament overwhelmingly rejected Theresa May’s false choice of a bad Brexit or No Deal. The joint motion agreed by the SNP, Labour, Greens and the Lib Dems stated that a better alternative must be found – leaving the Tories isolated in their support for Theresa May’s discredited proposals. During the Scottish Government […]

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Remaining in Single Market and Customs Union Crucial for Inverclyde to thrive, says McMillan

Today, Stuart McMillan MSP asked the Scottish Government what engagement it has undertaken with port authorities regarding the implications of Brexit. The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP directed the question at the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell MSP, who said that he along with other Ministerial colleagues has visited a number […]

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Local MSP: UK Government Budget does not deliver for Scotland

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has criticised the UK Government for failing the people of Inverclyde yet again, following this year’s Budget announcement. After promising to end austerity, the UK Government’s budget has in fact failed Scottish people, with Scotland’s resource block grant almost £2 billion lower in real terms next year than it was less […]

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Stuart McMillan MSP welcomes 2018 Programme for Government

SNP MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde has applauded the Scottish Government’s 2018 Programme for Government which was set out by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today. Commenting, Mr McMillan said: “This Programme for Government sets out an ambitious plan that will deliver for people, communities and businesses now and make the investments that will benefit future […]

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Local MSP and MP Welcome Sustainable Growth Commission

A new report by the Sustainable Growth Commission has been welcomed by local MSP Stuart McMillan and MP Ronnie Cowan. The commission, established by the First Minister in September 2016 and chaired by Andrew Wilson, and funded entirely by the SNP. It was given the remit – To assess projections for Scotland’s economy and public […]

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Brexit expert addresses Greenock community concerns

A Brexit expert has spoken on the likely scenarios facing the community following the country’s withdrawal from the European Union next year. Member of Scottish Parliament, Stuart McMillan hosted Professor Alex de Ruyter from the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, at a talk last night to discuss the Brexit concerns of businesses […]

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Local politicians denounce Westminster Brexit power grab

Inverclyde’s SNP politicians have further criticised the UK Government’s attempts to ban the Scottish Parliament from legislating on some reserved areas, and for trying to claw back some of these powers. Stuart McMillan MSP and Ronnie Cowan MP expressed their dismay over the EU Withdrawal Bill which they believe undermines the current Devolution settlement. As […]

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Tory Assault on Devolution Threatens Inverclyde’s Food Industry

Local SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has warned that the Tory Government’s assault on devolution poses a significant threat to Inverclyde’s growing food sector. The amendments published last week to Westminster’s EU Withdrawal Bill could prevent the Scottish Parliament from legislating to protect farming, food standards, plant health and the environment for up to seven years, […]

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McMillan encourages shoppers to keep it local

SNP MSP Stuart McMillan is encouraging consumers in Inverclyde to shop locally and support the 1,710 small businesses in the local economy. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting businesses in Scotland, including retailers, providing the most competitive package of non-domestic rates reliefs anywhere in the UK in the 2018/19 budget. This includes the Small […]

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Inverclyde taxpayers protected under SNP budget proposals

Stuart McMillan MSP has emphasised that the proposed Scottish Government budget for 2018-19 will give Scots the best deal in the UK, and will result in almost 80% of taxpayers in Inverclyde paying less in the upcoming financial year. The Scottish Government budget will also ensure a pay rise for public sector workers and lower […]

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McMillan and Sturgeon Slam UK Government over Brexit

Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan today asked the First Minister what assurances the Scottish Government had received regarding the transfer of powers to Scotland following Brexit. After a summer of slow progress over Brexit, leaked documents and poor engagement with devolved governments, Mr McMillan was keen to receive an update before meeting the EU’s […]

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Scotland Needs Power to Grow Population

As the Tories press ahead with their hard Brexit retreat from the single market, Scotland’s distinct demographic trends require powers over immigration to support public services and the economy. The Scottish Government predicts that 90% of the population increase in Scotland over the next decade will come from net migration, both from international migration and […]

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Implications of Leaving the EU Highlighted in Debate

“The politics of the past is no longer is acceptable to the electorate in Scotland” said Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan as he spoke in the chamber of the Scottish Parliament today. Speaking during a parliamentary debate on the implications of leaving the EU, Mr McMillan highlighted the report of the Scottish Parliament’s Culture, Tourism, […]

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Brexit Threat to Pensions

The SNP has raised concerns after a UK Government pensions advisor warned that Brexit poses a direct threat to the state pension by posing further questions about the retirement age, raising the prospect of people across the UK having to work even longer than currently proposed. John Cridland, former director of the CBI, is reviewing […]

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Historic Vote Means UK Government Must Respect Scotland’s Wishes

The Scottish Parliament has formally opposed the UK government starting the Brexit process – and Stuart McMillan MSP has stated that the UK Government must now demonstrate that Scotland’s voice is being listened to. On Tuesday, MSPs voted on a Scottish Government motion arguing that the UK Government’s European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill currently making […]

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