"Politics is all about people. As a Central Scotland MSP it is both a pleasure and a privilege to meet and become involved with a hugely diverse number of people and organisations"

Margaret Mitchell
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Archive for June 2012

Scottish Gymnastics Reception

Jun. 21st 2012

Margaret pictured with Robert Callaghan OBE, Head of Falkirk School of Gymnastics, and his wife Jean Callaghan. Margaret is flanked by Ailsa Williamson and Ashley Meikle, gymnasts from the Falkirk School of Gymnastics.

This Tuesday Margaret attended an evening reception to celebrate Scottish Gymnastics at the Scottish parliament.

Commenting Margaret said:

‘The reception was a wonderful opportunity to meet with talented gymnastics all of ages from the pre-school children to the elite athletes. 

‘The reception included wonderful displays from the gymnasts and it was great to meet athletes destined for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014. I wish them all the best in their training and hope that the children and young people at the event will continue to participate in gymnastics as it helps to improve health and wellbeing as well as providing many different sporting opportunities.’

Individual Electoral Registration

Jun. 21st 2012

At yesterday’s meeting of the Local Government & Regeneration Committee members considered the LCM for the UK Government’s Electoral Registration and Administration Bill.

The Bill we see the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration (IER) replacing the current system of household registration. IER will mean that each elector will need to register themselves with proof of identity.

Commenting, Margaret said:

‘I welcome the passing of the LCM for the Electoral Registration and Administration Bill and the introduction of IER which will not only allow individuals to take ownership of their vote but will help protect people from electoral fraud.

‘In addition, the introduction of IER should be seen as a chance to increase voter registration through providing as many different opportunities for people to register as possible.

‘The Electoral Reform Society has suggested that registration forms should be available at Post Offices and all government offices and that people could be reminded to register when applying for other services such as a passport or driving license.

‘I asked the Cabinet Secretary John Swinney if he had taken cognisance of the ideas put forward by the Electoral Reform Society and his positive response was very encouraging.

‘Ensuring that people are registered to vote is an important, practical step in the increasing voter turnout.’

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