• Ruth Maguire MSP hosted an exhibition within the Scottish Parliament by Eden Project Communities as they were promoting The Big Lunch.

    As part of efforts to strengthen community links and combat isolation, the Big Lunch, held from 6-7 June, encourages neighbourhoods, communities, organisations, schools and charities to host gatherings where people can form friendships within their localities.

    Presently, 1 in 5 people in the UK have never spoken to their neighbours. Research conducted by the Eden project has found that a widening gap between people and their neighbours is damaging to their mental and physical health. The report can be found here and more about the Eden Project’s work is available on their website.
  • Ruth welcomed Max Wiszniewski campaign manager for the Revive Coalition and Cllr Julie Bell from Angus Council following the publication of the Werritty Review in December 2019 where they discussed how best to take the aims of the report forward. This followed a parliamentary event held in December hosted by Ruth which focused on Scotland’s grouse moors and the potential for land reform.
  • On Wednesday, Ruth spoke in a debate in the chamber raised by the Conservative Party where they argued against cuts to public spending and increases in income tax ahead of the proposed Scottish budget which was published on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday, Ruth convened a meeting of the Equalities and Human Rights Committee which focused on responses to the consultation on the Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill which closed at the end of last week.

Also on Thursday, Ruth was selected to ask a question on the Rural Economy Portfolio where she asked the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment about how the Scottish Government is offering support for environmentally sustainable farming practices.