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Dr. David Livingstone

Mar. 28th 2013

Last week Margaret travelled to London as a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Scotland Branch Executive to attend a service celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Dr. David Livingstone. The service was held at Westminster Abbey where Dr. Livingstone is buried. Margaret was accompanied to the service by two Malawian MPs, Albert Thindwa and Canaan Yona, who were visiting Scotland.

Margaret with Malawian MPs Albert Thindwa and Canaan Yona at the memorial service for David Livingstone at Westminster Abbey.


This week Margaret participated in a parliamentary debate acknowledging and commemorating his life and work. During her speech Margaret highlighted Dr. Livingstone’s humble beginnings in Blantyre, his thirst for knowledge, and exploration of Africa. Speaking in the debate Margaret said: 

‘I well remember Sunday school visits as a child to the David Livingstone centre in Blantyre, where—as I remember it—the sun was always shining. I thought that it was a very special place to honour a truly remarkable Scot.’

She added:

‘Much of David Livingstone’s time in Africa was spent in what we now know as Malawi. I believe that he would have been immensely gratified to see that the connection that he first made is not only still present but is growing through the work of the Parliament and a number of varied initiatives including the efforts of churches and schools throughout Scotland.’

Following the debate Margaret attended a parliament reception, one of a number of David Livingstone bicentenary events. The event was attended by Annie Lennox OBE, Special Envoy to Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Scotland Branch and guests heard about her visit to Malawi in January this year.

To read the full text of the debate visit:

Police Service for Scotland

Mar. 26th 2013
Pictured with Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Nelson Telfer at a recent “Open Day” at Motherwell Police Office. North and South Lanarkshire Police Divisions will merge into one Lanarkshire division as part of the new single force across Scotland, which comes into force in April. The Divisional Commander of the new Lanarkshire Division will be in charge of 1550 police officers and up to 200 support staff across the county.
The event (open to the public) focused on a celebration of Strathclyde encompassing the history of policing and it was also a showcase for the variety of police resources and specialist departments utilised within the Force.
Pictured with Divisional Commander Nelson Telfer – and the lovely “Celebration Cake” made especially for the occasion.
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