Motion S5M-15387: Find Your Balance on Portion Sizes

14 Jan 2019

That the Parliament welcomes the guide produced by the British Nutrition Foundation, Find your balance; understands that the guide aims to help tackle growing portion sizes and promote a balanced diet; notes that portion size is not often considered when it comes to eating healthily, despite being a key factor in diet; understands that the guide offers practical measures for portion sizes through the use of hands and spoons with, for example, two handfuls of dried pasta or rice being roughly 75g; appreciates the spotlight that this guide shines on how best to achieve a healthy diet, and believes that there needs to be more emphasis on the quantity of food that people eat, as well as the quality.

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


Motion S5M-15231: France to Overtake UK in Economic League

04 Jan 2019

That the Parliament notes the release of the report, World Economic League Table, by the Centre for Economics and Business Research, which shows that France is likely to overtake the UK as the sixth largest economy in the world in 2019; understands that the report states that “disruption” caused by Brexit was inevitable and would lead to a damaging drop in both inward and business investment; considers that this clearly underlines that the UK is not a force for economic stability, and believes that an independent Scotland could do much better than what it considers the rampant economic self-harm being carried out by successive UK governments.


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.