• During a debate on celebrating International Women’s Day, Ruth reflected on the progress made towards achieving equality while outlining the work that needs to be done to ensure that women’s rights are upheld, promoted and defended vigorously.
  • Ruth was a panellist on BBC Scotland’s Debate Night broadcast in Ayr. Questions from the audience ranged from coronavirus, whether public servants should be recalled should their conduct not reflect the profile of their jobs and healthy use of smartphones and social media. This episode is available to view on BBC iPlayer at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000g23z/debate-night-series-1-episode-25
  • The Equality and Human Rights Committee took evidence to help in their scrutiny of the Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Bill. http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=12563&mode=pdf
  • Ruth met with a delegation of clerks and members of Parliament of Malawi as part of the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D). They discussed committees, how committees work, the role and responsibilities of committee chairs and how inquiries are conducted.
  • Parliament was updated by Cabinet Secretary Jeanne Freeman on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Up to date information can be found at www.NHSinform.scot  
  • The Scottish Budget was agreed providing a 5.9% increase in funding for NHS Ayrshire and Arran and extending free bus travel to up to 20,000 young people across North Ayrshire
  • As part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week, Ruth visited RUA Medical Devices Ltd, Irvine and learned about the success of their work with Foundation, Modern and Graduate apprentices