Scottish Parliament Turning 20

07 Jan 2019

2019 is a special year for the Scottish Parliament as it turns 20. There will be a range of events hosted to celebrate 20 years of Scottish self-government.

There will be a new public exhibition which shows the story of the Parliament, a series of family days and a national photography competition.

You can keep up to date with the celebrations and the work of the Scottish Parliament on its website here:

Children who were born on 1 July 1999 (Who would this year also be 20) are being invited to take part in the celebrations. If you know someone who is interested they should contact



04 Jan 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.

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
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, 11 January and interviews are likely to take place on Friday, 18 January or Monday, 21 January.

Scottish Sports Working Together To Save Lives

27 Dec 2018

The Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS) organised a drop-in at the Scottish Parliament, sponsored by Bill Kidd MSP, for members of the Scottish Parliament to meet with SABS, the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS), the St Andrew’s Sporting Club (with British bantamweight boxing champion Kash Farooq, Ambassador for SABS’ Blood Donation Campaign), the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL), the Edinburgh City Football Club and the Scottish Ambulance Service on Wednesday 12th December.

Primarily, the meeting showcased the launch of a coordinated action in Scotland to catapult and promote the work of blood donation and the recruitment of blood donors from all parts of Scottish society, and was the platform for this group to seek to obtain the support of MSPs for the work of bringing this message to Scotland’s sporting industries.


The drop-in brought together MSPs with these organisations who share a commitment to working jointly to bring the importance of blood donation to the forefront of discussions with young adults in sport.


MSPs received briefings on blood donation. This sports-focused and collaborative approach has the potential to encourage thousands of young people to give blood. The NHS is wanting to encourage young adults (over the age of 17) to give blood to save a life. Around half of current blood donors are from people aged 45 and over, so bringing this to the attention of the younger generation is vitally important.

Motion S5M-09563: Hampden Park

15 Dec 2018

That the Parliament notes with affection the tremendous role that Hampden Park has played in the history of Scottish football at both international and club level over many years; further notes that Glasgow has two other excellent large stadia at Celtic Park and Ibrox, while Edinburgh has the larger and also excellent Murrayfield; considers that the present Hampden is a poor shadow of its former self; believes that, without Hampden, Glasgow can still be the venue for major football matches, but that Murrayfield and medium-sized club grounds such as Tynecastle, Easter Road and Pittodrie could be used as appropriate, and hopes that the Scottish Football Association will seriously consider whether Scotland really needs four large sports stadia.