Alyn Smith is MP for Stirling

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Alyn Smith is MP for Stirling and a member of the Scottish National Party party.

Alyn Smith has 46597 followers on Twitter.

We won the Barker Award for the girlsโ€™ incredible presentation!! They are so deserving of this award ๐Ÿ’– their efforts from start to finish have been exceptional and I am so so proud of them ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ @S4TP_BigIdeas @BannockburnHigh @AlynSmith

Trust is fundamental to negotiation - but the hapless UK Government have continued to undermine their own talks with the EU on the Northern Ireland Protocol through clumsy announcements, bad policy and shoddy strategic thinking.

A great pleasure to meet the United Arab Emirates ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช Ambassador @MansoorAbulhoul talking human rights, energy, climate change, education co-operation and more.

The first page of the so-called 'British Bill of Rights' is the first such Bill I've seen aimed at stripping rights away from British citizens -- to increase power of an incompetent executive. via @JoshuaRozenberg https://rozenberg.substack.com/p/bill-of-rights

๐Ÿ“ˆ New @TheIFS research shows the impact of raising the state pension age from 65 to 66 - a huge leap in poverty.

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ With independence, our pensioners will be treated with dignity and fairness - not the raw deal theyโ€™re getting in the UK.

https://alynsmith.scot/2022/06/21/poverty-rates-climb-with-tory-pension-age-increase/

This week will see severe disruption across Scotland's railways and pressure on other public transport. Be sure to plan ahead for any journey and check online for service updates.

https://news.stv.tv/scotland/commuters-set-for-travel-chaos-across-scotland-as-uk-wide-rail-strike-begins

A busy train crossing the Tweed on a beautiful day with Northumbria looking spectacular earlier as I headed South for another week at Westminster ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿš‚ ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ฅ๓ ฎ๓ ง๓ ฟ

England's politicians may not want to talk about it, but - as predicted - Brexit is hurting the economy. Trade disruption, higher prices, lower investment, slower growth.

@ChrisGiles_ & @GeorgeWParker review the evidence

https://www.ft.com/content/7a209a34-7d95-47aa-91b0-bf02d4214764

One day, I believe people in Britain will want to know what actually happened in 2016.

That day is not yet here. But it will eventually come. And when it does, this 117-page forensic examination of the facts will form part of the historic record.

https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Banks-v-Cadwalladr-130622-Judgment.pdf
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Utterly infuriating. Remember, the networks with only a couple exceptions fought EU roaming tooth and nail.

On the plus side: getting EU roaming back, another advantage of independence in Europe โœ… ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ https://inews.co.uk/news/consumer/tesco-mobile-quietly-scraps-free-eu-roaming-from-2023-as-networks-cash-in-post-brexit-1694213

โ€˜NATO and the European Union are the twin pillars that buttress the Euro-Atlantic security order and I believe that an independent Scotlandโ€™s interests will be best served as a full and active member of each organisation.โ€™ - @StewartMcDonald.
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https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/nato-should-make-commitment-to-strengthen-frameworks-of-nuclear-non-proliferation-snp-says-3736615

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Our June newsletter is out now! See what SNP Foreign Affairs spokesperson @AlynSmith and SNP Defence spokesperson @StewartMcDonald have been up to by clicking on the link below

https://alynsmith.scot/2022/06/16/global-scotland-defence-foreign-affairs-newsletter-edition-13/

This is very welcome news, a great opportunity for supply chains to develop greater resilience and avoid the channel bottleneck ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช https://news.stv.tv/east-central/sole-ferry-link-between-scotland-and-continental-europe-set-to-resume-in-2023

Good chat last night with โฆ@openDemocracyโ€™s โฆ@PeterKGeogheganโฉ. A good round the houses on a niche but important issue:โฉ โ€œAre dark-money think tanks bad for British democracy?โ€ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ptan_TrCRlQ

"He who pays the piper calls the tune", says @AlynSmith

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-money-investigations/think-tanks-adam-smith-policy-exchange-legatum-iea-taxpayers-alliance-climate-denial/

๐Ÿ”ด Last chance to register for our live event today ๐Ÿ”ด

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ We'll talk about dark-money think tanks with @AlynSmith and @PeterKGeoghegan.

Join us โžก๏ธ http://bit.ly/3HbxANW

The rhetoric weโ€™re seeing in some quarters about โ€˜unelected foreign judgesโ€™ is dangerous, reckless and ahistorical. The whole point of the @coe, that the UK helped to create, is to protect human rights.

Un grand plaisir de parler ร  @francobritish #FBYoungLeaders ร  Westminster sur lโ€™indรฉpendance, les relations entre lโ€™ร‰cosse et lโ€™UE et les liens profonds de lโ€™ร‰cosse avec la France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿด ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

A pleasure to speak to @francobritish #FBYoungLeaders at Westminster on independence, Scotland-EU relations and Scotlands deep ties with France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ

The service disruption on our railways next week is set to be severe - alternative plans should be in place for those relying on public transport.

@KeithBrownSNP and I have written to @NetworkRailSCOT leadership to seek assurances.

https://alynsmith.scot/2022/06/16/local-politicians-call-for-rail-strike-travel-plans/

Conversion therapy is an abhorrent practice which has no place in an inclusive, tolerant, democratic society. As legislators, we have a responsibility to formulate laws fit for purpose and protect the citizens we serve - my contribution to this week's Westminster Hall debate.

The influence of think tanks who do not declare their donors - like Policy Exchange - is too often ignored in British politics.

Tomorrow (Thursday 16th 5pm GMT) I will be discussing if these think tanks are bad for British democracy with @AlynSmith

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2516511623417/WN_TlbzsGcSRGKtnb4W7gdMMA

A productive conversation with @ScotRail reps, discussing pandemic recovery and ongoing service disruptions. Iโ€™m acutely aware of constituent concerns, particularly in Dunblane.

Talks with trade unions continue, with everyone striving for a reasoned settlement.

'The UKโ€™s archaic institutions are crumbling and in their place we are building something new' // @AlynSmith

https://www.thenational.scot/politics/20210176.alyn-smith-new-independence-paper-welcome-breath-fresh-air/

๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ The next independence referendum campaign has begun.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ Stirling and Scotland face many challenges and opportunities - independence in Europe will unlock the powers we need to thrive as a normal, independent, European country. #YesScot

This is exactly the nuts and bolts real world benefits the EU does best, that weโ€™re missing out on. โ€œUK government urged to rethink rejection of common chargerโ€ โฆ@heraldscotlandโฉ https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20207145.uk-government-urged-rethink-rejection-common-charger/

Renegotiating the Protocol would bring legal uncertainty for people & businesses in Northern Ireland.

We call on the UK government to engage with us on joint solutions.

Full statement from VP @MarosSefcovic ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป
https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/statement_22_3698

The NI Protocol bill is complex; it will take time to fully understand its meaning for the myriad aspects of life which the protocol impacts. But one thing is immediately clear: It would radically alter the Brexit deal Boris Johnson claimed was "fantastic".https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/politics/publication-of-ni-protocol-bill-confirms-it-would-wash-away-much-of-the-irish-sea-border-41748651.html

At least now have a text of what theyโ€™re calling the NI Bill. On my first quick reading this raises more questions than it answers. The only way it makes sense to me is that itโ€™s just a stunt to pretend theyโ€™re doing something and itโ€™ll never progress. (And it should indeed not).

UK Gov + Chancellor must act on unsustainable fuel prices urgently to prevent this situation spiralling even further.

@EvelynTweedSNP and I back calls for VAT and fuel duty cuts to help alleviate some of the price pressures we're seeing on forecourts.

https://alynsmith.scot/2022/06/10/price-pressure-at-pumps-unsustainable/

Yesterdayโ€™s โฆ@StirObserverโฉ coverage of this weekโ€™s Tory psychodrama at Westminster: Calls for โ€˜fatally woundedโ€™ Boris Johnson to quit after damaging confidence vote. https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/calls-fatally-wounded-boris-johnson-27174900

๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ LIVE DISCUSSION: Are dark-money think tanks bad for British democracy?

Join us for this free event and hear from @AlynSmith and @PeterKGeoghegan.

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Thursday 16 June

Register here: https://bit.ly/3HbxANW

Scotland, and the UK, already has a world beating science-led industrial policy. Itโ€™s called Horizon Europe and the Tories are about to crash us all out of it and replace it with trinkets and baubles. Weโ€™ll get it back with independence in Europe ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡บ https://www.thenational.scot/politics/20193701.horizon-europe-tories-set-sacrifice-another-key-industry-brexit/

The Passport Office shambles is due to a lack of political leadership and budget from the UK Government - officials are trying their hardest to get documents out to people.

If youโ€™re a Stirling constituent experiencing delays, drop me an email: alyn.smith.mp@parliament.uk

โšก๏ธ Spiralling energy bills are playing a huge role in the cost of living crisis facing my constituents across Stirling.

โš ๏ธ The UK Government needs to step up, drop the melodrama (and Boris) and get on with addressing this catastrophe.

https://alynsmith.scot/2022/06/07/stirling-paying-1773-per-year-on-energy-bills-40th-most-expensive-in-great-britain/

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