This week, Ruth has

  • Held MSP advice surgeries at the Irvine Office, Whitehurst Park Community Centre, Redburn Community Centre, and Bourtreehill Library to listen to and help constituents
  • Convened the latest meeting of Holyrood’s Cross Party Group on Credit Unions, at which Ruth was delighted to welcome the Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance, to speak about the Government’s vision for credit unions in Scotland
  • Attended an event in Parliament hosted by Rotary to meet with constituents and learn more about the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign
  • Met with S4-S6 Modern Studies pupils from Auchernarvie Academy during their visit to the Scottish Parliament and answered questions about politics and Ruth’s journey to becoming an MSP
  • Marked the 15th anniversary of the Protection of Wild Mammals Act and called for it to be strengthened
  • Contributed to a debate marking Barnardo’s Nurture Week, highlighting the positive and tangible affects that nurture groups have on children’s attainment and inclusion, and drawing on her recent experience of seeing this in action at Blacklands Primary and Kilwinning Academy
  • As a member of the Local Government and Communities Committee, took evidence from a range of people and organisations, including the Energy Agency, on the draft Climate Change Plan
  • Spoke in a Scottish Government debate to mark the recently launched 10 year strategy for developing the Social Enterprise sector, using her to speech to draw attention to significant social impact of Social Enterprises and commending the strong funding support for the sector at both the national and the local level
  • Visited the Young Scot tour bus at the Scottish Parliament to get behind Scotland’s biggest celebration of young people and to urge locals from Cunninghame South to nominate young heroes for the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards