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Scottish Conservative Support for the "Rape Clause"

That the Parliament is shocked by comments made by the Scottish Conservative Party leader, Ruth Davidson, via a spokesperson, which it believes appear to support the so-called rape clause in the UK Government’s welfare reforms to child tax credits, which require victims of rape seeking to claim child tax credits to prove to the Department for Work and Pensions that their third child was born as a result of non-consensual sex; considers it barbaric that rape victims from throughout the UK, including the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse constituency, should be compelled to recount their abuse via an eight-page claimant form in order to claim welfare; notes calls for Ruth Davidson to address these concerns publicly and directly and not indirectly via a spokesperson; strongly commends Alison Thewliss MP for leading the Scrap the Rape Clause campaign; further commends what it sees as cross-party support from Scottish Labour, the Scottish Green Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats for the campaign, which it considers shows the strength of feeling within the Scottish Parliament, and further notes calls for Ruth Davidson to engage in immediate dialogue with the Prime Minister to protect victims of rape and sexual abuse from untold distress and trauma arising from what it considers the cruel and callous welfare reforms of the Conservative Government.

Supported by: Sandra White, Rona Mackay, Gillian Martin, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Ben Macpherson, James Dornan, Maree Todd, Richard Lyle, Monica Lennon, Clare Haughey, Fulton MacGregor, Emma Harper, Kenneth Gibson, Ivan McKee, Colin Smyth, George Adam, Bob Doris, John Finnie, Mark Ruskell, Gail Ross, Graeme Dey, Tavish Scott, Clare Adamson, David Torrance, Ross Greer, Alison Johnstone, Andy Wightman, Gil Paterson, Ash Denham, Patrick Harvie, Tom Arthur, Bill Kidd, Neil Findlay, Richard Lochhead, Jenny Marra, Angus MacDonald, Anas Sarwar, Gordon MacDonald, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Kezia Dugdale, Jenny Gilruth, Mark Griffin, Daniel Johnson, Lewis Macdonald, Mary Fee, Joan McAlpine, Iain Gray, Mairi Evans, Alex Neil, Colin Beattie, Claire Baker, Christine Grahame, Alex Rowley, Jackie Baillie

Current Status: Achieved Cross Party Support
Abductions and Killings of Gay Men in Chechnya

That the Parliament is shocked at the widespread reports from the independent daily newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, regarding the abductions and killings of men believed to be gay in Chechnya; deplores this act of mass torture and murder, which specifically targets LGBTI people; believes that the claims of the Chechen authorities that deny there are even any gay men in Chechnya are extraordinarily deplorable; supports Amnesty International’s call for action; believes that this call for action compels Aleksandr Ivanovich Bastrykin, Chairman of the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation, to carry out an immediate and thorough investigation into the reports, taking all necessary steps to ensure the safety of any individual who may be at risk in Chechnya; supports an immediate investigation into this reported "purge" of LGBTI people in Chechnya, and calls on the international community to ensure that the Russian authorities are held accountable for upholding its international human rights obligations and ensuring that justice is brought upon those reportedly committing these crimes in Chechnya.

Supported by: Ross Greer, Clare Haughey, Sandra White, Gillian Martin, Bill Kidd, Ivan McKee, Rona Mackay, Stuart McMillan, Gail Ross, Ruth Maguire, Ben Macpherson, Gil Paterson, Tom Arthur, David Torrance, Alex Cole-Hamilton, James Dornan, Andy Wightman, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Maree Todd, Patrick Harvie, John Finnie, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson

Equi's of Hamilton

That the Parliament recognises Equi’s Ice Cream of Hamilton and its nomination for 2017’s Waverley Bakery’s and Sunday Mail’s Golden Cone award; notes the lineage of Equi’s, with Tuscany native, Pietro Equi, emigrating from Italy and opening his first café in Hamilton in 1922; commends the family run business for its almost 100 years of success; understands that, in 1999, Equi’s celebrated the first Scottish Parliament elections with special flavours, including Oranges and Lib Dems, Rose Tinted Labour and Sweet N Patriotic ice creams; wishes it every success for the award, and commends David Equi, the current MD, for the tremendous progression of the business from, it understands, being the fourth-biggest company in Hamilton to the second-biggest ice cream business in Scotland.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Clare Haughey, Sandra White, Emma Harper, Gillian Martin, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Gail Ross, Joan McAlpine, Ben Macpherson, Gil Paterson, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur

Scottish Medicines Consortium Approves PrEP

That the Parliament welcomes the decision by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) to approve and provide PrEP for the NHS in Scotland; believes that this decision will not only be a cost-effective measure in the long term, but will be highly effective in reducing the risk of contracting HIV; understands that Scotland is the first country in the UK to approve the anti-HIV drug; commends HIV Scotland for establishing the Scottish HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis Short Life Working Group; notes that this group was formed to research and provide recommendations on HIV PrEP in Scotland, culminating in its report, PrEP in Scotland, which recommended the drug for use in Scotland; believes that this presents Scotland with a major opportunity to reduce rates of new HIV transmissions, and warmly commends HIV Scotland for its research, which informed the SMC's decision to make what it considers this progressive measure to approve PrEP for the NHS in Scotland.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Clare Haughey, Rona Mackay, Emma Harper, Sandra White, Gillian Martin, Richard Lyle, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Monica Lennon, Gail Ross, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Ben Macpherson, Gil Paterson, Ivan McKee, John Finnie, Tom Arthur, David Torrance, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Patrick Harvie, Colin Beattie

Congratulations to Hamilton Athlete, Kirsty Gilmour

That the Parliament congratulates the Hamilton badminton athlete, Kirsty Gilmour, on her continued success by winning yet another title, the Orleans International in France; believes that this is Kirsty’s second title of the 2017 season, following on from her triumph in the Austrian Open; notes that these titles come in addition to the silver medal that she won in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; further notes that this victory has boosted Kirsty’s badminton world ranking position to 45th, following a lengthy injury spell last season, and praises Kirsty for her determination through her injury rehabilitation; commends also her community engagement throughout Hamilton and South Lanarkshire, visiting primary and secondary school pupils to encourage them to take on an active and healthy lifestyle; believes that Kirsty is a shining template of success for Hamilton sport, and wishes her all the best in her future career.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Alexander Stewart, Stuart McMillan, Ben Macpherson, Ruth Maguire, Sandra White, Kenneth Gibson, Graeme Dey, Clare Haughey, Joan McAlpine, Tom Arthur, Fulton MacGregor, David Torrance, Monica Lennon, Gillian Martin, Gil Paterson, Jenny Gilruth, Emma Harper, Neil Findlay, Colin Beattie

Human Rights Consortium Scotland Report, Rights at Risk

That the Parliament notes the Human Rights Consortium Scotland report, Rights at Risk, which details testimony from civil society experts regarding how Brexit might affect the everyday human rights that it considers are concurrent with EU membership; agrees with the report that leaving the EU could put human rights on a precarious platform, with no clear assurances from the UK Government that the current legislation, such as the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, will apply; further agrees that, without membership of the EU, the adherence to the European Convention on Human Rights will become far less assured and more subjective to the wishes of a Conservative administration that it believes has very little regard for enshrining such legislation; reiterates its deep concern that the UK Government has repeatedly failed to offer assurances to EU nationals living in the UK that their status and residency will be unaffected by Brexit; believes that this is causing undue uncertainty and great worry; considers that this report should act as an alarm call to the wider public regarding, what it believes to be, the blatant disregard and lack of concern that the UK Government is showing for human rights legislation post-Brexit; supports the call by the report's authors for Scotland to be an international leader in the implementation of human rights law post-Brexit, and encourages everyone to protect and promote a human rights-based society now and after Brexit.


Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Ash Denham, Ben Macpherson, David Torrance, Clare Haughey, Alex Rowley, John Mason, Sandra White, Rona Mackay, Richard Lyle, Colin Beattie, Stuart McMillan, Ivan McKee, John Finnie, Fulton MacGregor, Mairi Evans, Clare Adamson, Gil Paterson, Jenny Gilruth, Gillian Martin, Maree Todd

Hamilton Sports Council Sports Performers of the Year

That the Parliament congratulates the nominees and winners of the annual Hamilton Sports Council Sports Performers of the Year Awards; considers that the awards are testament to the ongoing sporting excellence present within Hamilton; gives special praise to the winners, St Mary’s Primary School for sporting school of the year, Jenna Wrisberg for junior female of the year, Ryan John Black for junior male of the year, St Mark’s Primary School for junior football team of the year, Megan Glancy for young volunteer of the year, Michelle Duffy for adult female of the year, Stephen McGuire for adult male of the year, Hamilton Academical Women’s FC for senior team of the year, Jim Ross for coach of the year, and Hamilton Rugby Club for club of the year; gives special praise to the chairperson, Catherine Bennett, and wishes Hamilton Sports Council all the best for the future.

Supported by: Joan McAlpine, Ruth Maguire, David Torrance, Stuart McMillan, Emma Harper, Richard Lyle, Graeme Dey, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Clare Haughey, Ivan McKee, Fulton MacGregor, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson, Gil Paterson, Tom Arthur, Jenny Gilruth, Alison Harris

Bell Building Design Joins the Stonehouse Business Association

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of Bell Building Design signing up to the Stonehouse Business Association; recognises that the Stonehouse Business Association takes measures to encourage local employment, grow the local economy and foster community ties; notes that Bell Business Design has been established for over 35 years, and wishes the company all the best in forging new ties with local establishments.

Supported by: David Torrance, Ash Denham, Ruth Maguire, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Clare Haughey, Kenneth Gibson, Fulton MacGregor, Sandra White, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Ivan McKee, Stuart McMillan, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson

Friends of Stonehouse Park

That the Parliament pays tribute to the Friends of Stonehouse Park for their success in exploring a plan of development for the park; believes that this redevelopment will take place gradually over the next five years; notes that members held meetings with the Forestry Commission Scotland and landscape architects to put their redevelopment plans into action and have now finalised their feasibility report that enables the park’s development; recognises that the group is determined to improve the park space, and pays tribute to its dedication to making a difference to the Stonehouse community.

Supported by: James Dornan, Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Sandra White, Gillian Martin, Bill Kidd, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Angus MacDonald, Margaret Mitchell, Bob Doris, Ivan McKee, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson, Colin Beattie

Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSYPs

That the Parliament congratulates Becky Gillan and Callum Speirs on their election as the MSYPs for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse; recognises the important role of the Scottish Youth Parliament in giving young people a full, active and representative voice, and wishes Becky and Callum the best of luck with their terms in office.

Supported by: James Dornan, Gillian Martin, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Alison Harris, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Clare Haughey, Sandra White, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, Angus MacDonald, David Torrance, Ivan McKee, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur, Clare Adamson