This week, my contributions to Parliamentary business have looked to progress matters relating to Petroineos in Grangemouth. I asked questions at both Rural Affairs Portfolio Questions and at First Minister’s Questions, and used by speech in the Green Economy debate to highlight the matter. You can watch one of my contributions in my previous post.
I also met with both the Finance & Public Administration Committee and Education, Children and Young People Committee. In the Finance & Public Administration Committee, we heard evidence regarding the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill Financial Memorandum. In the Education, Children and Young People Committee, we considered the Children (Care and Justice) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 of the Parliamentary process.
Members of the Cross-Party Group on Germany met on Thursday to welcome MPs from Germany. Promoting ongoing dialogue between parliamentary institutions, we discussed the works of the CPG on Germany and the works on the German Parliament.
At the end of 2023, I started a choir in the Scottish Parliament to encourage MSPs, staffers and Parliament staff to meet and enjoy music. At Christmas we performed a medley of festive songs in Garden Lobby. It was a huge success, and we had a great turn out each week for the rehearsals. Following the success, we began rehearsals again this week which included ‘Ae Fond Kiss’ – apt for Burns Night!
The Scottish Parliament also held its annual Burns Night this week for all Members of the Scottish Parliament. I was tasked with delivering the Reply Fae The Lassies in response to Finlay Carson’s Toast Tae The Lassies. It was a fantastic night and I look forward to the event again next year.


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