"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 October 2015

Apologies (Scotland) Bill passes Stage 1

Oct. 28th 2015

Yesterday Margaret’s Members’ Bill, the Apologies (Scotland) Bill was voted on by the Scottish Parliament. Stage 1, which is to debate the general principles of the Bill, was agreed to.

Speaking in the debate, Margaret said:

“The aims of the bill are twofold: to encourage the use of apologies by providing legal certainty that an apology cannot be used prejudicially against the person who gives it; and to encourage a change in attitudes towards apologising and a cultural and social change in relation to giving apologies.

At some point, every member in the chamber will have had the experience of a constituent coming to them about a problem or something that has gone wrong and all that the person wants is,
quite simply, an apology.”

For the full text of Margaret’s speeches and the debate, please click here:


Meeting Discussing Proposed Whitehill Incinerator

Oct. 28th 2015

Yesterday, Margaret attended a meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice Communities and Pensioners Rights Alex Neil MSP to discuss the proposals for the Whitehill incinerator. The Cabinet Secretary revealed that there had been a miss-communication between the Reporter, who had granted the appeal for the incinerator to go ahead, and the Cabinet Secretary’s office which meant that by the time Alex Neil got to know about the decision it had already been made, leaving it impossible for the application to be called in by the minister.

Hamilton Energy Recovery Action Group (HERAG) has led the opposition to the incinerator and after the meeting, residents were dissatisfied at what they saw was shifting the blame.

Planning permission for a waste processing facility, on the site of the former Craighead School, which was opposed by Margaret, councillors and local residents alike and which was refused by South Lanarkshire Council, had been granted on appeal by the Reporter.

The planning application was refused in May 2014 on grounds which included that the proposed development is located within 250 metres of the closest residential properties; that the release of emissions would also adversely affect Bothwell Bridge and Bothwell Bridge Historic Battlefield.

 Margaret had previously commented: 

“It is exceedingly bad news that the planning permission rejected by the local council has now been granted on appeal by the SNP majority government.

“However, this is not surprising given the SNP’s track record on centralisation of decision making, overturning and ignoring local people’s and communities wishes, and going against the decision of locally elected representatives.

“This should be a real wake-up call to the dangers of what is fast becoming a one-party state Scotland.”

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