Parliaments unite as Christina and Angela
meet with youth parliamentarians
The Scottish Parliament and Westminster united last week as Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP, Christina McKelvie, and Lanark and Hamilton East MP, Angela Crawley, met with their Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs), Callum Speirs and Becky Gillan.
Callum and Becky, both recently elected to serve the constituency of Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, met with the parliamentarians to discuss education, justice, period poverty and anti-social behaviour within Hamilton.
At the meeting, both Christina and Angela reiterated the support for the Youth Parliament and pledged to forge a closer working relationship with their MSYPs.
Commenting on the meeting, Christina McKelvie MSP said: “The Scottish Youth Parliament is the democratically elected voice of Scotland’s youth and with Callum and Becky, that voice is in fine volume.
“We discussed a range of items, from the Scottish Government pledge to provide access to free sanitary products to students in schools, colleges and universities, to the anti-social behaviour at Hamilton Central.
“I was happy to endorse the Scottish Youth Parliament campaign to ban mosquito devices and I was also happy to inform them that my parliamentary summit to reduce the anti-social behaviour in Hamilton has made immense progress.
“As part of our future work programme, both Angela and I have agreed to forge an even closer working relationship with our MSYPs, listening to the voices of our young people in Scotland.
Angela Crawley MP, MSYPs Callum Speirs and Becky Gillan, and Christina McKelvie MSP.
Commenting, Angela Crawley, MP for Lanark and Hamilton East said: “It was a real pleasure to meet with our MSYPs Callum and Becky.
“Having such passionate representatives for Scotland’s youths is important, and Christina and I can take forward their needs to Holyrood and Westminster.
“The MSYPs were clear on their campaign for sanitary product provision in schools and their opposition to mosquito devices.
“Christina and I are delighted to be able to offer our support on these issues and to bring real change for young people in Scotland.”
Commenting further, the MSYP’s for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse stated their delight to meet their parliamentary counterparts.
Becky Gillan MSYP: “I was delighted to meet with Angela and Christina to discuss the issues affecting the young people in our constituency. In particular, I was pleased with their support in regards to finding ways to combat issues at Hamilton Central train station and their opposition to the mosquito device that is currently installed there. I look forward to meeting Angela and Christina again and to strengthening partnerships between the parliaments.”
Callum Speirs MSYP added: “We discussed some of the current issues that are facing young people, such as education and anti-social behaviour and I am looking forward to continuing to work with Christina and Angela throughout my term as an MSYP.”