Motion S5M-11267: Death of Sudan, Last Male Northern White Rhino

24 Mar 2018

That the Parliament notes with sadness the news that the last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at the age of 45; understands that Sudan passed away following his condition “worsening significantly”, which meant that he could no longer stand; deplores the actions of poachers that have led the species to the brink of extinction; believes that Sudan was the last of his kind to be born in the wild; believes that the case of Sudan and the northern white rhinos highlight the negative impact that humankind can have on the many animal species with whom they share the planet, and also the importance of redoubling efforts to conserve species that are in danger of extinction, and hopes that the attempts to use IVF to save the northern white rhinos will meet with success.

Brexit, Fishing and Forestry

23 Mar 2018

Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018

05 Mar 2018


SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston Constituency, John Mason, visited the Real Life Options Office on Shettleston Road as part of the Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2018 to see first-hand how young people are benefitting from apprenticeships and in-work training.


Scottish Apprenticeship week is organised by Skills Development Scotland, running from 5 – 9 March and aiming to promote the positives this form of work brings for businesses, individuals and the wider Scottish Economy.


Commenting, John Mason MSP said:


“I was delighted to meet four of the staff who are training and working at Real Life Options in Shettleston at the start of this year’s Apprenticeship Week. Real Life Options provide a valuable service to adults with learning difficulties to ensure they can live the most independent lives possible.


“The staff I spoke to agreed that the emphasis on training was really valuable to them.


“I would highly encourage other businesses in Glasgow Shettleston Constituency and beyond to take the chance to get more involved and show their support by pledging to recruit a Modern, Foundation or Graduate apprentice during the next year and to ensure their staff are receiving ongoing training.”

Motion S5M-11266: Anti-racism March

01 Mar 2018

That the Parliament welcomes that a march against racism organised by Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) took place in Glasgow on 17 March 2018; notes that members from throughout Scotland of the Confederation of Friends of Israel Scotland (COFIS) sought to participate in the march in order to oppose antisemitism; regrets, however, that COFIS members were reportedly blocked from taking part in the main march by demonstrators who appeared to be against any participants sympathetic towards Israel; considers that criticism of Israeli policies and antisemitism can be easily confused and difficult to distinguish from each other; regretfully believes that this and other events suggest that antisemitism is alive in Scotland in 2018, and calls on everyone to reflect on their attitudes towards Israel and the Jewish community in Scotland.