"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 January 2013

Motions Supported (21-25 Jan)

Jan. 25th 2013

This week (21st – 25th January 2013) Margaret has given her support to the following parliamentary motions

Save the University Marine Biological Station Millport

That the Parliament notes with concern that the University Marine Biological Station Millport, which is an institute of the University of London, is under threat of having its funding removed: understands that the station has been used by Glasgow, Edinburgh, St Andrews, Napier, Heriot-Watt and West of Scotland universities and that, in 2012, 533 Scottish university students and 521 English university students used the facility; further understands that it provides 30 quality jobs to residents on the Isle of Cumbrae; believes that the loss of this station could cost the local economy up to £2 million and have an impact on school provision and other public services; welcomes the 10,000 strong petition that was presented to the Scottish Government; urges the First Minister to consider this petition, and calls on the Scottish Government to work with others in education, industry and statutory bodies to ensure that the University Marine Biological Station Millport remains open.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

That the Parliament notes that 27 January 2013 marks Holocaust Memorial Day, the 68th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and an opportunity for schools, colleges, faith groups and communities across Scotland to remember the six million men, women and children murdered by the Nazi regime in occupied Europe; further notes that the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2013 is Communities Together: Build A Bridge; values the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz Project, which gives two post-16 students from every school and college in Scotland the opportunity to visit Auschwitz-Birkenau; applauds Beth Nicoll and Stevie Low, two students from St Machar Academy in Aberdeen, who took part in the project and who will deliver the Parliament’s Time for Reflection message on 29 January 2013; celebrates the Holocaust survivors who have enriched Scotland as a nation, and re-commits to ensuring that racism, sectarianism and bigotry are never allowed to go unchallenged in Scotland.

Posted by Kate | in Latest news, Motions, Parliament

“The Big Debate”

Jan. 22nd 2013
BBC Scotland’s “Big Debate” took place at Low Water Museum in Hamilton on Friday. Brian Taylor chaired the debate on topics such as the hostage situation in Algeria to the European Union to horse-meat in burgers. On the panel with Margaret were; Rob Edwards (Environmental Editor of the Sunday Herald, Mark Griffin (Labour MSP) Brian Taylor (BBC Scotland Political Editor and “The Big Debate” Chairperson), Christina McKelvie (SNP MSP) and Colin Borland (Head of External Affairs for the Federation of Small Businesses).
Pictured with (L-R) Brian Taylor (Chairing the panel), Christina McKelvie MSP and Colin Borland.
Posted by Marianne Paton | in Constituency, Latest news

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