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June 26, 2018

Day One

After arriving at Anas Sarwar’s constituency office in Glasgow, I got a tour of the office (which he shares with another MSP) and met the staff. I quickly started working on case files for the Breast Cancer Now Campaign, which aims introduce perjeta into the NHS in Scotland. Soon after I started engaging with and replying to constituents. This allowed me to gain a real insight of how politics works on a daily basis and how an impact is made on specific individuals but...

June 15, 2018

Day One

It was 7:30 am when an excitement grew inside me and made me jump from the bed. What was so thrilling? The answer was that it was my first day of shadowing. First day anywhere is exciting, and I would be lying to say I wasn't nervous. I ran to the washroom, took a bath, and soon was already with my professional dress.  I was keen to make a first good impression by arriving on time, as punctuality always counts. 

Mr. Peter McDade came down to pick me from the recept...

June 14, 2018

Day one

My first day of shadowing at Bob Doris (MSP for Springburn and Maryhill) started at 9.30 when I arrived at the constituency which is located at Maryhill Burgh Halls. I couldn’t start earlier as Bob had a meeting with a family to discuss about some issues that were sensitive and of course would have been heavy for a first time shadowing. The first 30 minutes were the introductory bit where I got to introduce myself and know all the members of the team. As a first impres...

June 6, 2018

Day One 

How did Day One go at the Scottish Parliament?

I was met by Sinead, Monica Lennon’s Parliamentary Assistant, and taken to get my pass for the Parliament in order for me to be able to come in and out of the parliament without having to go through the security every time I go in and out to the building. This had all been put into place before I started.

Once the pass was obtained, I was taken to the section where Monica’s office is in parliament building; here with the he...

June 6, 2018

Day One

It’s my third day lacking sleep, with an average number of 5 hours in bed. Brewed a coffee immediately to remind myself the valuable power of caffeine before commuting to Edinburgh. The sun is missed, but feeling warm enough with my one layer jacket is a pleasure. An hour on train passed with a blink, and getting to count the wild foxglove and gorse flowers blooming in June is the best kind of distraction from feeling very nervous about this first shadowing day.

Erin, T...

May 30, 2018

Day One

I woke up refreshed and super excited! It was Thursday the 26th of April and my first day at the Scottish Parliament to shadow Fulton MacGregor MSP. Prior to this, I had completed different training courses organised by CRER (Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights) to prepare all participants for the shadowing scheme. Before the 26th of April, I contacted Fulton MacGregor to arrange suitable dates to shadow his work, and he responded immediately and connected me with...

May 30, 2018

Day One

With an early start and very excited after all the training courtesy of the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER), I was more than ready to take on the new role.

I arrived nice and early, and was warmly welcomed by one of Clare’s team and then joined by her parliamentary assistant who took me through the history of parliament, and, as a person who is so passionate about women, I was inspired by ‘Travelling the Distance 2004,’ the 100 hand written sentences fro...

May 11, 2018

Day One

5.30am. My alarm went off and I screamed internally. It was far too early to get up but ever the punctual person I got up and got ready. I made my way to Queen Street for 7.30am, and for once I wasn’t nervous about this new and exciting experience. I’m guessing those two cups of coffee I had before I left had settled me down.

On the train I listened to a podcast and watched the country pass by me and until I finally got to Edinburgh, after obsessively reading the email...

May 9, 2018

Day One

I went into Parliament the week previously to visit the office of the MSP I will be shadowing Ruth Maguire from the Cunninghame South constituency.  I was welcomed by some of her team and met one of her researchers.  We discussed what I hope to gain from my shadowing experience and what I can contribute to Ruth’s office.  I work in an anti-racism organisation and we discussed me perhaps doing some research for Ruth’s team.  I am extremely excited by this idea and looki...

May 9, 2018

Day One

My first shadowing day with Kezia Dugdale, MSP for the Lothian Region, consisted of attending two key events. The first was a debate in Scottish Parliament about a new policy introduced by the Crown Office in March 2018, concerning victims of rape who might be compelled to provide evidence to allow for a trial. The policy targets victims who might be reluctant to provide evidence, which could be due to several reasons. The second meeting, which was chaired by Kezia, br...

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