"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 2014

Calderhead High Pupils Highlight Colombian Cocaine Initiative

Jun. 26th 2014
Motion S4M-10460:  Date Lodged: 24/06/2014
Calderhead High Pupils Highlight Colombian Cocaine Initiative
That the Parliament commends the pupils of Calderhead High School in Shotts for taking part in the Shared Responsibility initiative, which aims to increase awareness of the impact of cocaine use; notes that the initiative was launched by the Colombian Government and focuses on the impact that taking cocaine has not only on the users of class A drugs and their families but also on families and communities in Columbia; recognises that it teaches children about the devastating effect of cocaine production, whereby chemicals used to produce cocaine are dumped into the water supply of Columbian communities, adversely affecting human and animal lives as well as the rainforest and the Columbian ecosystem; considers that this is an original and innovative way of approaching the issue of teaching young people in Scotland about the harm caused by taking cocaine, and welcomes what it sees as the engaging and informative presentations by pupils at Calderhead High School in participating with this initiative.

Posted by Felicity | in Latest news, Motions, Parliament

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) – Zip Wire World Record!

Jun. 18th 2014

Margaret recently took part in setting a new World Record for the most number of participants in a charity zip-wire fundraiser. The event took place in the wonderful setting of Hamilton College (South Lanarkshire) and 1,000 people took to the skies to help MAF aim for their target of £25,000.

Margaret Mitchell 2 Margaret Mitchell 4

The zip wire participants-including Margaret, the provost, an astronaut and hundreds of school children-each carried a part of a picture which was assembled into a huge mosaic showing the charity work that the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) do across the world.

The zip slide crossed Hamilton Park Racecourse from the car park at Hamilton College and raised money for the international development charity which uses light aircraft to bring help and hope to some of the most isolated people in the world. Visitors enjoyed face-painting, bouncy castles and a barbecue, as well as some excellent bands performing on stage in the college grounds.

The major fundraising event will support the work of MAF in ten Commonwealth countries.

Images courtesy of Shin Kicker Images. (

Posted by Marianne Paton | in Constituency, Latest news

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