Holy­rood for Youth Par­lia­ment

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Mon­k­lands’mem­bers of the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment (MSYPs) headed to Holy­rood to take part in the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s lat­est sit­ting.

Air­drie & Shotts rep­re­sen­ta­tives Chris Costello and Sarah Quinn were joined by Coat­bridge & Chrys­ton coun­ter­parts Jack Camp­bell and Ryan Kelly for the two-day busi­ness event.

The Coat­bridge duo both had suc­cess­ful mo­tions ac­cepted, re­spec­tively not­ing the im­por­tan­ta­nce of the so­cial mo­bil­ity fund and the price of school meals; while lo­cal mem­bers also spoke on be­half of their con­stituents on the is­sue of coun­cil fund­ing.

De­bates took place in the main cham­ber at Holy­rood and were chaired by the par­lia­ment’s pre­sid­ing of­fi­cer, Ken McIn­tosh MSP.

Youth rep­re­sen­ta­tives also broke into spe­cial­ist com­mit­tees, in­clud­ing health, equal­i­ties and jobs, and spoke with mem­bers of the equiv­a­lent Scot­tish Par­lia­ment bod­ies.

Air­drie MSYP Chris said:“I asked if two places on the ed­u­ca­tion com­mit­tee could be given to MSYPs on an in­for­mal ba­sis so that we can lis­ten to MSPs and put for­ward the views of young peo­ple, which was ac­cepted by con­vener James Dor­nan MSP.

“We con­sulted heav­ily and were de­lighted to be able to speak on be­half of our con­stituents and have the chance to de­bate in the cham­ber.”

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