Presiding Officer visits Inverness

10.11.2017

Holyrood’s Presiding Officer, the Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, will visit Inverness on Friday 10 November to meet with a range of people and hear their thoughts about the future of the Parliament.Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh

He will chair an event looking at how Scotland’s society might be changed by technology in 2030 and deliver a keynote speech on the future of Holyrood and how it might reform in the years ahead.

The visit to the capital of the Highlands will also provide an opportunity for the Presiding Officer to meet with pupils at Milton of Leys Primary School and to take part in a community walking football initiative with Inverness Caledonian Thistle FC.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Presiding Officer, Ken Macintosh MSP, said:

“From the word go the Scottish Parliament has tried to be much more than a building in Edinburgh, it is an institution which engages with and represents the views of people across the whole country.

“I am looking forward to meeting and speaking with local residents in Inverness and the wider community and to be hearing for myself how the Scottish Parliament can best reflect our shared hopes and aspirations.”

Background

Media are welcome to attend on the day, but prior registration is obligatory. Please register with Greg Black (contact details below). The day will run as follows:

9:00 – 10:30: The Presiding Officer will be at Milton of Leys Primary School (IV2 6HF) with P6 pupils.

11:00 – 12:00: The Presiding Officer will then move to Charleston Academy Community Complex (IV3 8ET) to a take part in a community walking football session. Local MSP David Stewart will also attend this session.

14:00 – 16:00: The Presiding Officer will Chair a Royal Society of Edinburgh and Scotland’s Futures Forum Event on Technology and Society in 2030 at An Lochran, IV2 5NA. Participants will include local MSP Maree Todd and Minecraft developer Chris van der Kuyl.

19:00 – 21:00: The Presiding Officer will deliver a lecture and take part in a Q&A session on ‘Scotland’s Parliament 2030’. This will be at the Auditorium, Centre for Health Science. IV2 3JH.

Tickets for the RSE event on Technology and Society and for the Presiding Officer's speech are free.

Images of the day will be available, get in touch with Greg Black to arrange distribution.