Mark Lazarowicz MP

Member of Parliament for Edinburgh North and Leith

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In an article published on this website Mark has pledged to work in Parliament for the transfer of powers promised to the Scottish Parliament without delay as Ed Miliband and the other UK party leaders confirmed their commitment to the process.

Mark sets out his views on the way ahead for Scotland and the rest of the UK on the path to constitutional reform.

Mark said:

“There must be no delay in the transfer of powers promised during the referendum campaign to the Scottish Parliament.

“Gordon Brown announced a timetable with cross-party support for further transfers of power to the Scottish Parliament and Ed Miliband as well as the other UK party leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to it.

“That has now begun with the agreement of a Parliamentary Motion which will be published as soon as Parliament returns. Full debate involving the Scottish Parliament and civil society in Scotland will follow leading to legislation being drafted by January.

“We now need to reengage people to rebuild democracy throughout the UK by devolving power and Scotland is leading the way in that.”

You can find the full text of Mark’s article here and the text of the Parliamentary Motion that has been agreed setting out the timetable for further devolution here.

Mark says constitutional reform all round needed but no delay in transfer of powers to Scottish Parliament

In an article published on this website Mark has pledged to work in Parliament for the transfer of powers promised to the Scottish Parliament without delay as Ed Miliband and...

Mark today backed in Parliament a new Bill introduced by Scottish LibDem MP, Michael Moore, which would enshrine in law the UK's commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income (GNI) on aid to the world's poorest countries.

That is in line with promises made over 40 years ago and the UN target and the Bill would ensure that every UK government in future would have to adhere to it.

IMG_2991.jpgMark voted for the Bill today when it received a ‘Second Reading’ by a large majority, which means it will now go forward into a Committee for more detailed discussion. He is pictured with Labour Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Jim Murphy.

The work of the UK's Department for International Development (DFID) is respected around the world and one-third of its staff are based in Scotland at its central administrative offices in East Kilbride.

Mark said:

"It was Labour that first proposed setting the target in law. The current Government deserves some credit for accepting the target for aid spending but it has yet to follow through by setting it in statute as this Bill would now do. I am therefore glad that the Bill has passed through its first stages today, and I hope it will successfully make its way through Parliament.

"DfID is highly respected internationally and this would give a strong lead for other countries to follow – people living in poverty in other parts of the world should not be denied the right to education, health care, and access to clean water and sanitation that we take for granted. 

“Our lives are intertwined with people in the world's poorest countries and crises around the world in places like West Africa grappling with the Ebola crisis, the refugee crisis in Syria or the plight of people in Gaza testify to the desperate need that exists.

“The UK's voice really counts on development issues and this Bill will make sure it continues to do so.”

“There is no doubt that we in Scotland can be much more effective in working for international development by working together within the UK, as this Bill demonstrates.”

Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Jim Murphy MP, said:

“The Labour party has been demanding that Ministers keep their promise to legislate on 0.7% for years. It was a Labour government that put this country on the road to fulfilling that historic commitment, it was Labour whose pledge to legislate forced the other two parties to follow suit

“It is Labour that has shouted loud and most often about this government’s failure to do so and Labour will do everything we can to ensure that this Bill becomes a law because we will not turn our back on those in need.”

When in government between 1997 and 2010 Labour:

•       Helped lift 3 million people out of poverty each year

•       Helped to get some 40 million more children into school

•       Improved water or sanitation services for over 1.5 million people

0.7% aid target: Mark backs life saving UK Bill: ‘Scotland can do so much more for international development working together within the UK’

Mark today backed in Parliament a new Bill introduced by Scottish LibDem MP, Michael Moore, which would enshrine in law the UK's commitment to spend 0.7% of Gross National Income...

Mark has reacted to the latest financial results for the publicly operated East Coast Main Line by underlining that they make the case again for the line to stay in the public sector – an issue that has been kept alive by Labour MPs in constituencies along the route and especially those in Edinburgh.
 
It paid £225m to the government in the year to March 2014, making a total of more than £1bn since the last Labour Government took it back into the public sector, as well as coming top for customer satisfaction amongst long distance franchises.

Mark said:
 
“It’s a real achievement for this public sector company to pay back £225m to the taxpayer whilst also coming top amongst long distance operators for customer satisfaction – I want to see the line stay in public hands.
 
“The Government is determined to reprivatise East Coast and the fight for its future has been led by Labour MPs along the route – in Yorkshire, the North-East and in Scotland.
 
“Issues like this don’t just stop at Berwick and only Labour is committed to giving it the chance to continue running the line – separation won’t stop privatisation, only a Labour Government will ensure passengers are put first.”
 
Labour’s Shadow Secretary of Transport, Mary Creagh, has made a committment to a complete overhaul of the franchise system where operators make unrealistic bids which can only be achieved if corners are cut on services or ticket prices are hiked. East Coast’s results show there is another way.

Latest results for the East Coast Line – £225m return for taxpayer and top for customer satisfaction – Mark says keep it in public hands

Mark has reacted to the latest financial results for the publicly operated East Coast Main Line by underlining that they make the case again for the line to stay in...


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