Shock at James Kelly’s parly an­tics

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I con­sider it an hon­our for the peo­ple of Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West to have placed their trust in me to rep­re­sent them at Par­lia­ment. Do­ing my job is a priv­i­lege, some­thing I re­mind my­self of ev­ery day.

Need­less to say I was ut­terly shocked at the an­tics of James Kelly re­cently in the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, which saw him re­moved from the cham­ber and sus­pended for a day.

Mr Kelly claims that he was sus­pended for try­ing to op­pose the Trade Union Bill, how­ever it is quite clear that it was his ut­ter dis­re­gard for the author­ity of the pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer and con­tempt for the rules of the cham­ber, which saw his re­moval.

Mr Kelly is at­tempt­ing to re­write history, and point the fin­ger at the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment for fail­ing to pro­tect Scot­land from dra­co­nian Tory trade union leg­is­la­tion.

The fact of the mat­ter is that lit­tle over a year ago, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment sought to have power over trade union law de­volved dur­ing the Smith Com­mis­sion process.

Scot­tish Labour teamed up with the Tories to block this.

In­deed, their writ­ten sub­mis­sion to Smith listed a num­ber of mat­ters that should not be de­volved in or­der “for the United King­dom to be an ef­fec­tive union”.

Em­ploy­ment law was one of those red line is­sues for them. In­deed, they went on to say that it was im­pos­si­ble to main­tain a sin­gle econ­omy if it were de­volved.

Whilst I don’t doubt that Mr Kelly and com­pany’s change of heart is sin­cere, they can­not sim­ply pre­tend that they were any­thing other than the largest sin­gle road­block to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment hav­ing the power to block the Trade Union Bill in Scot­land.

Many peo­ple have sug­gested that Mr Kelly’s stunt was all about rais­ing his pro­file for the on­go­ing Glas­gow re­gion list vote, which sees him bat­tling against the likes of Jo­hann La­mont and Anas Sar­war for Labour mem­bers’ sup­port.

This would be very se­ri­ous if it were the case, and I’m will­ing to give him the ben­e­fit of the doubt.

Mr Kelly will be ask­ing you all to place your trust in him again over the com­ing months.

If he wishes to be taken se­ri­ously he will need to cut out the games, and en­gage con­struc­tively with those of us who have ac­tively been work­ing to op­pose the Trade Union Bill.

The Tories are the real enemy of progress here, and they’ll no doubt be rel­ish­ing in the lack of a united op­po­si­tion to their plans.

On a less po­lit­i­cal note, I would like to wish all read­ers a very merry Christ­mas and a happy New Year. Re­gard­less of your re­li­gious be­liefs, I hope this fes­tive sea­son is peace­ful for you.

My of­fice closes from Christ­mas Eve and re­opens on De­cem­ber 28, and will close again from Jan­uary 1 and re­open on Jan­uary 5. The phone num­ber is 0141 641 6321, and I can be reached by email on mar­garet. fer­rier.mp@par­lia­ment.uk.

Don’t hes­i­tate to get in con­tact if there are is­sues you need help with over the Christ­mas and New Year break.

If Mr Kelly wishes to be taken se­ri­ously he will need to cut out the games

Merry Christ­mas Mar­garet with Santa at the Ruther­glen Lawn Ten­nis Club’s Christ­mas Min­gle

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