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The Working Life of Christina McKelvie MSP
22nd January 2009

Some of our councillors visited Parliament a while back for a meeting with the SNP MSPs who cover their area, here we are at the bottom of the Garden Lobby stairs.

Hamilton Golf Club on Saturday evening to make the reply to the toast to the lassies.  Wonderful evening, everything went really well, excellent food, some good speeches, a lot of laughter and a great deal of bonhomie – until the lights went out!  A speech read by candlelight – I suppose it’s traditional – and I didn’t have to do the washing-up, so I must have come up to scratch, which is a relief because I’ve got a few to do this year – maybe I should demand candlelight?

Come Monday and it was time to meet up again with the film students to complete filming, going round the places that have been special so far in my life.  They’re a fantastic bunch and I hope they’ll do well (actually, I hope they give me a copy and then all become incredibly famous).  Here’s some shots of them at work – and a cheeky smile to anyone who can identify the building where we ended up.

Tuesday night I was at Stirling Castle for a reception for the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association.  This association is full of marvellous people who do an incredible amount of work to make sure that the issues surrounding Motor Neurone Disease are kept to the forefront as well as raising money for research and patient support.  SMDA was launching its new logo which you can seen on the website at where you can also read all the news and information about the Association.  I also had the great delight of introducing campaigners to the bosses of a couple of NHS boards – there are some ladies who make sure that people in positions of power pay attention!

Something worth remembering if you’re ever at a do in Stirling Castle – it’s not very warm; it took me ages in the car to warm up again, but it was worth it to support a cause I care about.

Wednesday and into committee for consideration of the Additional Support for Learning Bill where Adam Ingram is doing a fine job as the Minister in charge of the Bill.  Interestingly, he was referring to the passage of the original ASL legislation and the fact that he and Fiona Hyslop, while in opposition, had pointed out that the legislation needed the changes that he was now introducing.  We may have taken some time to get there but at least we’re putting it right now.

Thursday in the chamber was, as usual, interesting – except that this time Annabel Goldie called Alex Salmond a haggis!  Well, at least he’ll be in the Broons this weekend (Glebe Street not Downing Street)

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