March 25-March 31

Monday: I held a constituency surgery at the Ripple Project my office in Craigmillar and at the Portobello Library. Later, I met with a campaigner to discuss the possibility of the Edinburgh Southern Railway being used by passengers once again.

Tuesday: In the Economy, Jobs, and Fair Work committee meeting, we discussed further the gender pay gap. In the afternoon, I was in chamber for the postponed debate on the independence referendum. After over two days of debate, parliament voted to pass the motion in favour of holding a second referendum.

Wednesday: During the finance committee meeting, we discussed the air departure tax bill, which seeks to decrease the tax added to flights. In the afternoon, I visited Parsons Green Primary school and spoke with two P6 classes about politics and my job as an MSP. They were engaging and there were loads of great questions asked.parsons green primary

In the evening I attended an event by International Justice Mission discussing the internet and its role in child trafficking. They are launching a campaign called #NotOnMyScreen to fight against cybersex trafficking.


Thursday: I attended a very lively First Minister Questions after the triggering of Article 50 by the UK government yesterday. I accompanied a young constituent to a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary for Education John Swinney to discuss the possibility of adding the issue of consent to sex education.

Friday: I met with a student living in Edinburgh studying the possible effects of independence on the Scottish economy, security, leadership, and more. I also had the pleasure of attending the Community Science Festival at the White House.

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