S4M-02794: Celebrating 100 Years of Women in Ministry

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02794 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes that 11 May 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the first woman being ordained to the UK Trinitarian Christian Ministry; considers that Olive Winchester, who was ordained to, and served in, what is now the Sharpe Memorial Church of the Nazarene, Parkhead, Glasgow, set a precedent for strong women of faith to serve in Christian ministry; notes the Women in Ministry events being held in Glasgow between 11 and 13 May 2012, including those at the University of Glasgow; believes that every woman, child and man is of equal value, and wishes the organisers and people taking part well as they celebrate what it believes is this significant milestone for the UK’s Christian community.

S4M-02720: East End Development with the 2014 Commonwealth Games

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02720 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament welcomes the opening of the new Clyde Gateway (or East End Regeneration Route), the £25 million road that links the east end of Glasgow to the M74 at Polmadie; considers that this latest investment in the transport network will help regenerate the east end and bring many jobs to the area; considers that it will provide improved access to the velodrome and athletes’ village; understands that this route will help transport some 18,000 athletes and support staff as well as spectators during the 2014 Commonwealth Games; welcomes what it considers the significant development and regeneration in Glasgow’s east end as a result of the Commonwealth Games, and looks forward to this being part of a lasting legacy that will help transform the east end.

S4M-02661: Crime Falls in Strathclyde

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02661 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament warmly welcomes the news that violent crime in Strathclyde has fallen by 33% over the last four years; notes the statistics that show that murder rates have also been reduced by 16% while the number of attempted murders fell by 42%; commends officers at Strathclyde Police, who it considers have worked hard to engage with Strathclyde’s communities to keep them safe, and considers that an SNP administration investing in 1,000 extra police officers on Scotland’s streets since 2007, some 470 of whom are in Strathclyde, was an excellent decision that has been proven to be correct.

S4M-02610: Remembering RMS Titanic, 100 Years On

03 Aug 2012

S4M-02610 John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament notes that 15 April 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of RMS Titanic, considered to be one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history, which is believed to have resulted in the deaths of 1,514 people; understands that John Harper, a Baptist pastor from Houston, Renfrewshire, who was en route to preach in Chicago, died trying to help others on the ship; considers that memories of Mr Harper live on at what is now the Harper Memorial Baptist Church, but was originally the Paisley Road Baptist Church, where he became the pastor in 1897; notes that the church will host a Titanic Weekend event to mark the anniversary, and remembers with sadness all of those who lost family and friends in this tragic moment in history.