This week, Ruth:

  • Called on the UK Tory Government to follow Scotland in banning cruel electric shock dog training collars

 

  • Attended the Kirking of Annie Small as the first ever female President of the Irvine Burns Club in its nearly 200 year history

 

  • Paid her respects at the re-dedication of the War Memorial in Irvine

 

 

  • In Social Security Committee, took evidence on the Scottish Government’s proposals for a Scottish Social Security Commission from a range of individuals and organisations, including the Disability and Carers Benefits Expert Advisory Group and Jeane Freeman, Minister for Social Security

 

  • Highlighted the excellent work of Raise Your Voice Ardeer and Centrestage in the context of tackling loneliness and social isolation

 

  • Spoke in a debate condemning exploitative unpaid trial shifts and supporting moves to ban them

 

  • In Education Committee, took evidence from a range of individuals and organisations on various pieces of of subordinate legislation, including from Maree Todd MSP, Minister for Childcare and Early Years, on the Rehabilitation
    of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Scotland) Amendment
    Order 2018