Campaigners for the Scrap the Rape Clause and Family Cap will descend upon Edinburgh tomorrow as they take their campaign to the Scottish Parliament. With exception from the Scottish Conservative leader, Ruth Davidson, leaders from all Scottish political parties are expected to be at the rally.
The campaign, which was formed in response to the Conservative Government’s welfare reform proposals to Child Tax Credits, recently held a demonstration in Glasgow’s George Square, following the public support of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson’s support for the reforms.
MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, recently launched a Scottish Parliament Motion condemning the Scottish Conservative leader for her support of the rape clause, and implored Ms. Davidson to engage in urgent dialogue with the Prime Minister rethink the welfare reforms.
Commenting on Ruth Davidson’s snub of the Rape Clause rally tomorrow, Christina McKelvie said:
“Whilst it’s not at all surprising to see Ruth Davidson duck and cover away from her own party and their shameful rape clause, she should still have the courage to come out and stand by her convictions, however misguided they may be.
“Every other party leader will be present at the rally tomorrow alongside myself. It is to the credit of Parliament that, when it comes to something as callous as the Rape Clause, party differences can be put to the side.
“Sadly, for the many women out there who will suffer at the hands of the Tories Rape Clause, the same can’t be said of Ruth Davidson or the Conservative Government.
“They should be thoroughly ashamed of their actions and the protestors at tomorrow’s demonstration will make no mistake in letting the Tories know.
MSP backs Scottish Government working group for LGBTI equality
The Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign has been unanimously backed in the Scottish Parliament following a Members’ Business debate this evening in Holyrood.
The TIE campaign, which has been at the forefront of arguing for inclusive LGBTI education in schools, was supported by Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie, during the debate.
The Scottish Government recently announced the formulation of a working group to support the TIE campaign and all other stakeholders achieve the campaign pledges of the TIE campaign.
The proposal to formulate a working group was agreed at the SNP Spring Conference 2017, after a proposed amendment from Christina McKelvie mandating the Scottish Government to create the group was accepted.
Commenting within the debate, Christina said:
“The time has come for TIE. The Scottish Parliament has made herself clear – we support the TIE Campaign. We support teacher training, we support inclusive education and above all else, we unequivocally support those young people who have found their voice thanks to the work of Jordan & Liam.
“We won’t shy away from the difficult decisions – we won’t be afraid to tackle those who preach ignorance and intolerance.
“That is precisely why, at SNP Conference, I was delighted to help establish the new Scottish Government working group in order to make the TIE pledges a reality. This working group will build even further on what the TIE campaign has achieved and, with all other partner organisations, ensure that Scottish schools meet the needs of LGBTI pupils at every stage of education.
“The time for action has come. We have made that abundantly clear. This parliament has made this abundantly clear. Jordan, Liam, the TIE campaign and the LGBTI youth of Scotland have shown us the way – we will be honoured to carry out the work they rightly demand of us.”
Following the announcement of the 'Scrap the Rape Clause and Family Cap' demonstration in Glasgow, Christina McKelvie MSP stated:
"I wish to send my utmost solidarity to all the protesters who are descending upon George Square tonight for the 'Scrap the Rape Clause and Family Cap' demonstration.
"This is an abhorrent, pernicious and reprehensible policy, which I'm incredibly proud will be opposed by the people of Scotland this evening.
"Together, we send a clear message to Theresa May and Ruth Davidson that we will not standly idle and watch victims of sexual abuse be tormented as they try to claim their child tax credits.