Motion S5M-09002: Scotland’s Youngest Surviving twins

20 Nov 2017

That the Parliament notes the celebration of the first birthday of the premature twins, Tillie and Lottie Fowler, who were born on 11 August 2016 at only 23 weeks and three days, weighing 1lb 6oz and 1lb 9oz respectively; congratulates their parents, Jenna and Stuart, as well as the staff of the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow and health colleagues elsewhere; notes that these are Scotland’s youngest surviving premature twins, and hopes that many more babies born before 24 weeks will survive and thrive as Tillie and Lottie have been doing.

Motion S5M-08916: Scottish Interfaith Week

17 Nov 2017

That the Parliament welcomes the celebration of Scottish Interfaith Week 2017, which was officially launched on 13 November; notes that the week aims to provide an opportunity for people from all backgrounds to celebrate Scotland’s religious heritage and diversity; understands that Scottish Interfaith Week has been celebrated since its inauguration in 2004; further understands that the theme for this year’s week is “creativity and the arts”, which aims to highlight the positive impact that the arts can have in breaking down barriers between people; wishes the event every success, and hopes that it will achieve its goal of helping foster a more tolerant and connected society.

Motion S5M-08912: WSHA leaving Gentoo

17 Nov 2017

That the Parliament notes the news that West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) has officially ended its partnership with the Gentoo Group; understands that this came after a lengthy demerger process involving approval from the Scottish Housing Regulator and a vote of more than 3,500 WSHA members; believes that this represents a positive move for WSHA, which will allow it to focus more on the unique needs of the communities that it serves; considers that a move away from large housing groups to more smaller community associations would be a positive development for tenants across Scotland, and hopes that the experience of WSHA can be used by other associations that are also looking to move towards a more accountable model of social housing.

Motion S5M-08846: #REDWEDNESDAY

13 Nov 2017

That the Parliament notes the #RedWednesday event being held on 22 November across Scotland and around the world to stand in solidarity with persecuted Christians and all who suffer for their peacefully held beliefs; understands that a week of events will take place from 19 to 26 November to raise awareness of religious persecution; further notes that the #RedWednesday campaign honours Christians and other faith groups who suffer and die due to their faith; welcomes the participation of churches and others across Scotland, led especially by Aid to the Church in Need and Christian Solidarity Worldwide; further notes that anyone can get involved by simply wearing red, and hopes that the #RedWednesday campaign will achieve its aim of respect and tolerance for people of faith and between different faith traditions.