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November 14, 2019

Day One 

I was really looking forward to the time I was going to spend with MSP Fulton MacGregor and his team. I was invited to the Scottish Parliament by Fulton at around mid-day on the first day of my shadowing programme. My energy levels were very high, and I was really excited to meet Fulton and his team.

I was welcomed by the very lovely Elaine (from Fulton’s team) and Niamh (who was interning with the team at that time). Niamh and Elaine accompanied me to Fulton’s office...

November 7, 2019

As part of 2019’s Trustees’ Week (4-8 November), the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) and Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) are asking Glasgow’s voluntary organisations to sign up to an Equality Action Pledge committing to improve representation in the voluntary / third sector.
 
The general underrepresentation of many people with protected characteristics (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) in employment, participation, and volunteering is well...

September 3, 2019

In the 20 years since the Scottish Parliament opened in 1999, what has been done? Overall, a lot: approximately 300 bills have been passed, 1700 public petitions have been lodged, 8500 committee meetings have been held, and 660 FMQ sessions have taken place. [i]

When we consider what precisely has been done for race equality, the answer is a bit trickier.

CRER has conducted an overview of how race has been considered in the past two decades of the Scottish Parliament, looking p...

June 11, 2019

Day One 

The night before my first shadowing experience, I was nervous but I couldn’t wait to get started. I was looking forward to meeting with Clare Adamson and her team in the Motherwell constituency office. Clare Adamson is the SNP representative for the Motherwell and Wishaw constituency.  The constituency is in central Scotland.  She was formerly a councillor with North Lanarkshire council and she has a background in IT. She is the Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s E...

May 21, 2019

Day One

23rd April 2019

The first day of shadowing was started officially at 10:00am in the lobby of Scottish Parliament, awaiting to be collected by Jackie Baillie’s assistant and parliamentary researcher Shonagh. I was pretty nervous seeing as I was running late after 3 trains to Edinburgh had been cancelled, but it ended up be very fitting as I was later to write a press release on behalf of my MSP about ScotRail’s poor services.

Luckily my first day was also the first day o...

May 13, 2019

Day One 

My day started at midday which meant I had a whole morning filled with anticipation about the day ahead. I wasn’t nervous, having had the chance to meet Anas a couple of weeks earlier when visiting Scottish Parliament with CRER, but I was very excited.

The first thing I had to do was make sure that I actually found my way to the constituent office – I am notorious for my terrible sense of direction – and always like to be early, time keeping is everything. By quarter p...

May 9, 2019

Day One

The First Day Working With Alex Rowley MSP: Meeting Alex Rowley in Scottish Parliament – 2019/04/23

This was the first day of my Political Shadowing Scheme and I was appointed to work with Labour MSP Alex Rowley. Overall he is an absolutely nice person, easy to approach, easy to talk to and communicate with. In the following paragraph, I will talk about what I have learnt through the day.

On that day, Alex and I had an in-depth conversation about the society and globali...

April 15, 2019

Day One

My first day of shadowing took place in an area of my MSP, Iain Gray’s constituency as there is currently a by-election taking place for the replacement of one local councillor seat after the previous councillor resigned. Therefore, I took part in campaigning activities that included leafleting for a local village, overseeing the filming of promotional material, and door knocking to gage support for the Labour councillor candidate.

This day of shadowing altered and con...

March 11, 2019

Today, 12th March 2019, the Coalition of Racial Equality and Rights launches an anti-racist poster campaign aimed at encouraging the public to intervene in racist incidents. The poster shows a white person shouting racist abuse at a Black person. A third person ponders what they heard and what they should do about it. In Scotland, we hear racism daily on the buses, in taxis, at libraries, doctors’ surgeries, sports clubs, museums and pubs. What do we do about it?

Earlier this...

March 1, 2019

The Scottish Government recently consulted on its draft Culture Strategy for Scotland, which sets out a vision for Scotland to be “innovative, inclusive, and open to the wider world”. Their vision, however, overlooks a group particularly likely to be disadvantaged: Black and minority ethnic communities.

The evidence – qualitative and quantitative – demonstrates that Black groups are less likely than white groups to have access to opportunities in the culture sector. White arti...

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