‘Celebrating Scotland’s successes since devolution’
Amy Lee Fraioli MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) was invited to introduce Scotland’s First Minister at an event in Edinburgh on Monday, to mark the 20th anniversary of the referendum on devolution.
On 11th September, 1997, the people of Scotland voted for the creation of a Scottish Parliament. This became a reality on 1st July, 1999, when the reconvened Scottish Parliament opened, one day after the formation of Scotland’s very own youth parliament – the Scottish Youth Parliament.
To mark this milestone occasion two decades later, Amy Lee was asked to introduce First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon in front of invited guests and members of the press.
Speaking at the event on Monday, Ms Sturgeon said: “A big thank you to Amy [Lee] for introducing this event today. I'm reminded that the Scottish Youth Parliament came into existence one day before the Scottish Parliament and has always been really integral to the devolution process, so it is very appropriate to have its Chair open this event today.”
Amy Lee said: "It was an absolute honour and a privilege to introduce our First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon. Twenty years on from the historic referendum that gave us our very own parliament, we celebrated the successes that Scotland has made since having power in its own hands.
“One day older than the Scottish Parliament, SYP has built a good relationship so far with our policy and decision makers - Monday's event was an incredible example of this – however, I believe these links can be strengthened.
“I cannot wait to see what the next 20 will bring for our nation. And I hope that in the years to come we will see public policy and legislation better align with the needs and priorities of young people."