The AGM of East Lothian Fabian Society was addressed by local MSP Iain Gray on the Smith Agreement.
Mr Gray was one of Scottish Labour’s representatives on the Smith Commission, set up by the Prime Minister to recommend what additional powers the Scottish Parliament should have. A well-attended AGM heard Mr Gray describe the background to the commission and summarise its recommendations.
Iain Gray said:
“It is always a pleasure to speak to the County’s Fabian Society, one of the most active in Scotland. I was especially pleased to discuss with them the Smith Agreement, which will see Scotland’s Parliament transformed into one of the most powerful devolved legislatures anywhere in the world.
“When the agreement is implemented Holyrood will have power over around £20 billion of taxation, including all personal income tax, and some £2.5 billion worth of benefits. Yet being part of the UK will continue to guarantee support for citizens when they retire, if they are unemployed, or when they start a family. Being part of that Commission was something of which I am very proud.”
Local Fabian Society Secretary, Noel Foy said:
“Iain is a longstanding member of the Fabians, and it is always good to welcome him to our meetings. On this occasion he gave an excellent presentation on the Smith Commission and was able to give members a real insider’s view of their deliberations and conclusions.”