WATCH: Emma Roddick speaks up for carers in Parliament

In the Stage 1 debate on the Carer’s Allowance Supplement (Scotland) Bill, which aims to double the winter payment of CAS this year, Emma Roddick highlighted the importance of giving money straight to carers to help them weather a perfect storm of Universal Credit cuts, the end of furlough, and rising fuel prices. Speaking inContinue reading “WATCH: Emma Roddick speaks up for carers in Parliament”

WATCH: Roddick calls for rail improvements across the Highlands

MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has called for due attention to be paid to the Highlands in the process of improving rail services across Scotland. Roddick hailed the Scottish Government’s plans to take ScotRail into public ownership, saying it “provides us with a massive opportunity to get things right” but expressed herContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick calls for rail improvements across the Highlands”

WATCH: “Homelessness shouldn’t be a fact of life” says Emma Roddick MSP

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick spoke in Parliament yesterday in support of the Scottish Government’s commitment to preventing homelessness. Roddick stated: “I am heartened by the Scottish Government’s commitment to preventing homelessness. Homelessness shouldn’t simply be a fact of life in twenty-first century Scotland. “Homelessness is a symptom of many things and is inextricably linkedContinue reading “WATCH: “Homelessness shouldn’t be a fact of life” says Emma Roddick MSP”

WATCH: Roddick slams “hypocritical” Tories on poverty

MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has slammed the Scottish Conservatives for what she described as their “hypocritical” stance on social security. During her speech, in which she discussed her own experience of homelessness and welcomed the Scottish Government’s proposed prevention measures, a Conservative member intervened to ask why the Scottish Government wasContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick slams “hypocritical” Tories on poverty”

Islands MSP supports Orkney’s first Pride march

Following Orkney Pride celebrations on 26th June, organisers have shared an interview with Emma Roddick MSP, the island’s only out Parliamentarian. Roddick had said she was “delighted” to be taking part in the march, a first for the island, after a year of COVID restrictions prevented them from taking place in 2020.

WATCH: Women’s Health Plan “must address ingrained problems” says SNP MSP

The Scottish Government’s commitment to publish a Women’s Health Plan is welcome, but must address “ingrained” problems, according to Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick. Speaking in a parliamentary debate on the plan, Ms Roddick said that many of the problems in women’s health are deep-rooted. She said they are “the result of many yearsContinue reading “WATCH: Women’s Health Plan “must address ingrained problems” says SNP MSP”

WATCH: Roddick calls for housing policy reform

In a Member’s Business Debate put forward by Neil Gray MSP on the recently-published Social Justice and Fairness Commission report, Emma Roddick argued that we “cannot rely on the goodwill of landlords”, pushing for further regulation of the private rented sector. She also pointed out that, due to Right to Buy, properties intended for affordableContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick calls for housing policy reform”

WATCH: Roddick calls for end of ‘sexual infidelity’ defence to murder

One of the Scottish Parliament’s new members is calling for a change in the law to stop jealous killers literally getting away with murder. Emma Roddick MSP has called on the Scottish Government to use the opportunity presented by a Scottish Law Commission discussion paper to abolish the partial defence of ‘provocation by sexual infidelity’.Continue reading “WATCH: Roddick calls for end of ‘sexual infidelity’ defence to murder”

WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP highlights mental health in first speech

In her first speech in Parliament on 1st June 2021, Emma Roddick addressed the ongoing mental health crisis that is especially acute in the Highlands and Islands, drawing attention to the fact that loneliness and isolation are an ongoing problem in rural communities and warning that these issues cannot be ignored during the recovery period. You can watchContinue reading “WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP highlights mental health in first speech”