This week, Ruth has:

  • Officially launched Play Scotland’s new ‘Play Types Toolkit’ at Scotland’s first ever play convention


  • Been re-elected as convenor of Holyrood’s Cross Party Group on Credit Unions


  • Met the Dogs Trust to discuss their new report on puppy smuggling


  • Joined other parties, with the exception of the Scottish Tories, to condemn the UK Tory Government’s damaging roll-out of Universal Credit and call for an immediate halt


  • Welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement that fracking is to be fully banned in Scotland


  • Questioned the Scottish Government on what role NHS boards can play in ensuring that young people receive information at school that will reduce their risk of contracting HIV


  • Used a parliamentary motion to welcome the first UK Libraries Week, and highlight some of the great work that goes on in North Ayrshire libraries


  • In Social Security Committee, took evidence from a range of organisations on the development of Scotland’s new social security agency, including Inclusion Scotland and the MS Society


  • Asked the Cabinet Secretary for Education about the principles behind new routes into teaching


  • In Education Committee, took evidence from a range of organisations on the Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill, or the ‘Named Person’ scheme, including the Scottish Guidance Association and the National Day Nurseries Association


  • Used a parliamentary motion congratulating Springside Primary School on completing the Malawi Walking Challenge


  • Held MSP advice surgeries in Stevenston and Fullarton


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