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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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€

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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".

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.

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.

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:

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

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:

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.

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