Parliament Days

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Launched in Nov 2012, the Parliament Day initiative was all about taking the Parliament out of Edinburgh and into communities across Scotland. 

Parliament Days allowed people to see the Parliament at work – both official parliamentary business such as committee meetings, or on a less formal level, such as public receptions which allow people to meet with their MSPs.

Eleven Parliament Days have been held across Scotland from Orkney to Hawick, and from Stornoway to Arbroath.

Since September 2014, Parliament Days have been held in Methilhill in Fife, Easterhouse in Glasgow and in Craigmillar in Edinburgh. 

The Parliament Day programme was at the heart of the outreach and engagement efforts for the Parliament’s fourth session. Parliament Days provided an opportunity for people to meet everyone involved with the Parliament: Members, the Presiding Officer and parliamentary officials.

The aim of Parliament Days across Scotland was to demonstrate that the Parliament belongs to everyone with the hope of inspiring local people to take an interest in and engage directly with their MSPs and the Parliament. Each Parliament Day involved a range of engagement activities, including:

  • Formal meetings of parliamentary committees
  • Informal evidence-gathering sessions by parliamentary committees
  • Public meetings (including question-and-answer sessions) hosted by the Presiding Officer
  • MSP sessions in local schools
  • Engagement sessions specifically designed for young people
  • Workshops aimed at developing the ability of community groups to engage effectively with the Parliament
  • Networking receptions hosted by MSPs and parliamentary officials
  • Visits by the Presiding Officer to community groups, social enterprises, local businesses and third sector organisations


Arbroath Abbey. Aaron Bell / Wikimedia Commons


The fourth Parliament Day was held in Arbroath on November 4th 2013.



Parliament Day Craigmillar was held on Monday May 18 2015.

Image of Dumbarton Castle


The fifth Parliament Day was held in Dumbarton on 24th February 2014



Parliament Day Dumfries took place on Monday February 23rd 2015

Statue of Andrew Carnegie in Dunfermline. Photo by Stephen Dickson, Wikipedia


A Parliament Day in Dunfermline took place between Saturday, 5 and Monday 7 December 2015.

photograph of The Bridge venue in Easterhouse


Parliament Day Easterhouse took place on March 16th 2015.

Park in Fort William (© Copyright Astrid H and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence )

Fort William

The sixth Parliament Day was held in Fort William on 24th November 2014.

Heart of Hawick


The first Parliament Day was held in Hawick on November 4th and 5th 2012.

Methil Docks and Methilhill


The seventh Parliament Day was held in Methilhill on December 8th 2014

Motherwell panorama


A Parliament Day in Motherwell took place on Monday 9 November 2015.

Kirkwall Harbour, Orkney © Peter Gordon @


Parliament Day Kirkwall was held on Monday June 8th 2015.

Paisley Town Hall


Parliament Day Paisley took take place on Monday 21 September 2015.

Stirling Castle


The third Parliament Day was held in Stirling on June 21st 2013.

Stornoway Harbour


The second Parliament Day took place in Stornoway on 15th March 2013.

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