This week, Ruth:

  • Visited Kilwinning with representatives of Scotland’s Town Partnership to discuss issues affecting the towns of Cunninghame South
  • Spoke in a Holyrood debate about the impact of Brexit on culture, creative industries and tourism, highlighting the personal cultural enrichment and interchange that stems from free movement
  • Scrutinised several pieces of legislation, including sections of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015, as a member of the Local Government and Communities Committee
  • Took part in Holyrood’s 9th annual Apple Day, joining with schools, community groups, and enthusiasts from across Scotland who are united in their aims to preserve old apple heritage varieties, help people grow fruit trees in schools, communities, parks and gardens, and to celebrate a Fruitful Scotland
  • Joined with Ayrshire MSP colleagues to meet with Humza Yousaf, Minister for Transport, and discuss Ayrshire transport challenges and opportunities
  • Lent her support to Small Business Saturday, which encourages people to shop locally and support their local businesses, visiting two local businesses in Irvine – Lighthouse Glass Company and Personalised Gift Ideas – as part of the initiative
  • Got behind World AIDS Day 2016, commemorating the millions who have died, raising awareness of prevention measures, and standing in solidarity with people living with the virus
  • Enjoyed the amazing show at Illumination: Harbour Festival of Light on Saturday