Motion S5M-17960: No Need for an Edinburgh Mayor

26 Jun 2019

That the Parliament notes the call for Edinburgh to have an elected mayor; believes that concentrating power in the hands of a single individual is less democratic and more dangerous than the current system of distributed power, which allows for greater inclusivity; considers that there are significant drawbacks to having an elected mayor as a form of governance; believes that this can be seen by the limited number of democratic developed countries that operate a fully presidential-style system at the national level, and considers that it is not always in Scotland’s best interests to merely replicate political changes occurring in England.

Motion S5M-17888: An Honourable Mention

21 Jun 2019

That the Parliament thanks all members of society who contribute to making Scotland a great place to live, from the medical staff, teachers and emergency responders to the refuse collectors, builders and business owners; considers that not receiving an honour from The Queen does not make a person less worthy of respect, praise and admiration for their achievements in improving the lives of the people around them, and applauds those who continue to make a difference, with or without approval or recognition from the “British Empire”.

Motion S5M-17805: The Need for a Product Recall Database

18 Jun 2019

That the Parliament notes that the UK Government has served Whirlpool, which manufactures domestic appliances, with a notice to recall faulty tumble dryers; understands that this comes four years after the company issued a safety warning regarding some of its Creda, Hotpoint and Indesit devices; believes that research by the consumer charity, Electrical Safety First, suggests that only 10 to 20% of recalled products are actually returned or repaired, largely due to consumers being unaware of the recalls, and notes calls for the creation of a centrally-managed product recall database, which could allow consumers in Shettleston and across the country to check that their appliances are safe.

JOB ADVERT – PARLIAMENTARY OFFICER

10 Jun 2019

A full time position of Parliamentary Officer has arisen in the Constituency Office of John Mason, MSP for Glasgow Shettleston. This role will be based in Glasgow Shettleston Constituency office with occasional travel through to the Scottish Parliament being required. Flexible working on occasion may be required, particularly in the evenings.

Title: Parliamentary Officer
Summary Job Description: Casework dealing with general public enquiries, working with John Mason to promote his parliamentary work, e.g. by producing high quality written material and using social media, supporting John Mason at Parliament as required.

Working Hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm; 35 hours per week

Specific Duties include:
Ensuring office is welcoming and helpful for constituents and all enquiries are dealt with promptly.
Casework and making visits in constituency as required (normally alone but exceptionally with another member of staff).
Substituting for John Mason at surgeries.
Preparing John Mason’s annual and monthly reports and arranging distribution of these to constituents and organisations.
Reviewing newspapers, press releases, and media in general for items of interest to the member and the constituency.
Conducting basic research and surveys.
Maintaining John Mason’s website, facebook, and twitter presence and regularly issuing press releases relating to the member’s work.
Administrative work as required.
Working in a flexible and confidential manner at all times and as part of a team.
Carrying out duties or projects delegated by John Mason or the Office Manager, as required.

Salary £23,000 – £25,000 depending on experience, etc.

Overtime, etc. If overtime is required or other variation of working hours, this will normally be covered by time off in lieu.

Required Skills:
Strong understanding of Scottish Politics and the Scottish National Party.
Self-motivated and able to manage your own workload.
Ability to work on own initiative and to challenging deadlines.
Excellent oral and written communications skills.
Ability to work as part of a small team.

Desirable Skills:
Local knowledge of Glasgow Shettleston constituency.
Good IT skills.
Previous Parliamentary experience.

To apply send a CV and a covering letter (including a summary of your knowledge of the constituency) to anne.mcglinchey@parliament.scot
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 21 June and interviews are likely to take place on Friday, 28 June, Monday, 1 or Tuesday 2 July.