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Nakba Anniversary, 69 Years of Palestinian Displacement

That the Parliament notes that 2017 marks the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba, which is known by the Palestinian people as the "day of catastrophe", in which the state of Israel was formed after what it understands was the mass eviction over 750,000 people from historic Palestine land, which included the destruction of over 500 towns and villages; believes that this led to generations of pain for the Palestinian people, who continue to live under a state of occupation; understands that it led to a major crisis in which over four million displaced people were registered by the UN as refugees and unable to return home; condemns what it sees as the deepening of the crisis in the form of the illegal settlements, which are unrecognised by the international community; understands that these continue to be built in the occupied territories at a rate of five times that prior to the implementation of the Oslo Accords; believes that, on 15 May 2017, millions of people across Palestine and around the world will mark the anniversary of the Nakba with marches, rallies and vigils, and resolves to support the Palestinian people in the commemoration of Nakba and in seeking the resolution of the Palestinian humanitarian crisis and occupation.

Supported by: James Dornan, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Ben Macpherson, John Finnie, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Alison Johnstone, Gillian Martin, Ivan McKee, Clare Haughey, Clare Adamson, Ross Greer, Tom Arthur


Tron Theatre Changing House

That the Parliament congratulates the Tron Theatre on securing almost £40,000 of funding from the Scottish Landfill Communities Fund; understands that the award will be used to refurbish the theatre’s Changing House, including the fitting of air conditioning, new seating and redecoration; welcomes this investment for one of Glasgow’s cultural hubs, which has been producing and presenting an eclectic programme of work for over 20 years in the 16th century Tron Kirk building, and wishes the Tron Theatre and the Changing House continued success.

Supported by: David Torrance, James Dornan, Ruth Maguire, Ash Denham, Ben Macpherson, Emma Harper, Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, Mairi Evans, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Patrick Harvie, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Bill Kidd, Tom Arthur, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Gail Ross


Sainsbury's 100th Store in Scotland

That the Parliament congratulates Sainsbury's on the opening of its store at Gordon Street in Glasgow city centre, which is its 100th store in Scotland; understands that the company employs over 9,000 people in Scotland, with a further 1,000 at Sainsbury’s Bank, which is headquartered in Edinburgh, and others at its contact centre in Rosyth; believes that its supermarkets source over £650 million of Scottish produce to be sold across the UK; welcomes it donating around £5 million-worth of cooking and sports equipment to schools and clubs across the country via its Active Kids voucher scheme, and commends it on what it sees as three decades of continued investment in Scotland.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, Ruth Maguire, Emma Harper, Stuart McMillan, Monica Lennon, Kenneth Gibson, James Dornan, David Torrance, Ash Denham, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Haughey, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Bill Kidd, Tom Arthur, Gillian Martin


Glasgow Caledonian University Subjects Ranking

That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) on its improved placement in the Complete University Guide League Tables; understands that five subject areas at GCU were ranked in the UK top 10; further understands that Optometry, Ophthalmology and Orthoptics and Podiatry (Complementary Medicine) were second in the UK at subject level; believes that Social Work and Forensic Science were ranked eighth in the UK, and that Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism were fifth; understands that GCU has risen to 78th in the rankings of 129 UK universities, and welcomes the recognition of Glasgow Caledonian University as what it considers is an institution for the common good of society and a top choice for study.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Ivan McKee, James Dornan, Graeme Dey, David Torrance, Clare Haughey, Ben Macpherson, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson, Bill Kidd, Pauline McNeill, Tom Arthur


Strathclyde Top in Scotland in University Rankings for Research Intensity

That the Parliament congratulates the University of Strathclyde on its success in 2018’s Complete University Guide League Tables; understands that the university came top in Scotland for Research Intensity and has risen four places to 44th in the UK overall; further understands that 13 subject areas were placed in the top ten in the UK, with three subjects ranked first place in Aural and Oral Sciences, Medical Technology and Social Policy; believes that the subject areas, Accounting and Finance, Communication and Media Studies, Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism, and Pharmacology and Pharmacy, were ranked second in the UK; understands that Marketing and Forensic Sciences were placed in the top four in the UK, and that Architecture, Business and Chemical and Electrical and Electronic Engineering were in the top 10 in the UK, and welcomes the recognition of the University of Strathclyde as a leading international technological university and top destination for prospective students.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Ivan McKee, James Dornan, Graeme Dey, David Torrance, Clare Haughey, Ben Macpherson, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Colin Beattie, Neil Findlay, Clare Adamson, Bill Kidd, Pauline McNeill, Tom Arthur


University of Glasgow Subjects Rankings

That the Parliament congratulates the University of Glasgow on its rankings in the Complete University Guide League Tables; understands that the university is ranked 36th in the UK, with nine subject areas in the top 10; further understands that the subjects, Veterinary Medicine, Education and Social Policy, are ranked second in the UK; believes that Celtic Studies, Civil Engineering, Dentistry and Nursing came in the top five, and welcomes the recognition of what it considers is the world-class and world-changing University of Glasgow as an attractive option for study.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Ivan McKee, Graeme Dey, David Torrance, Clare Haughey, Ben Macpherson, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Colin Beattie, Clare Adamson, Bill Kidd, Pauline McNeill, Tom Arthur


Traditional Building Skills

That the Parliament welcomes the Traditional Building Skills event, which was held on Buchanan Street in Glasgow on 24-25 April 2017 and which featured apprentices demonstrating traditional building skills, including masonry, slate roofing, joinery, roof leadwork and painting and decorating; recognises that the event was a collaboration organised through the Glasgow Traditional Building Forum and included Glasgow City Heritage Trust, Architecture and Design Scotland, National Federation of Roofing Contractors, West College Scotland, Stone Federation Great Britain, Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Contractors Group and Construction Industry Training Board; notes that the primary purpose of the event was to allow Glasgow pupils to try the traditional building trades being demonstrated by local apprentices to provide a platform to promote the construction industry and the many varied and desirable career paths that it can offer, but that it was also open to members of the public for advice, with the aim of highlighting the importance of traditional building skills in the construction sector, and commends the ongoing work of all partner agencies to draw attention to the necessity for traditional building skills and, in turn, help to create a hi-tech, world-class industry with outstanding career prospects, helping companies to skill-proof their businesses, invest in skills and plan for the future.

Supported by: Gillian Martin, Ivan McKee, Clare Haughey, Bruce Crawford, Alexander Burnett R, James Dornan, David Torrance, Mairi Evans, Gil Paterson, Neil Findlay, Graeme Dey, Bob Doris, Bill Bowman, Liam Kerr, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Annie Wells, Ash Denham, Ben Macpherson, Emma Harper, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, John Mason, Brian Whittle, Gail Ross, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson


22nd West End Festival

That the Parliament welcomes the launch of the 22nd West End Festival, which will take place in Glasgow from 2 to 25 June 2017; notes that this is one of the largest community events staged in the city, bringing over 400 performances through music, theatre, storytelling, exhibitions and local gala days, as well as a full programme staged at the Kelvingrove Bandstand; understands that the events are produced in collaboration with over 100 businesses and over 100 local organisations, and wishes the West End Festival Director, Michael Dale, his team, festival supporters and participants every success for another vibrant community-based thriving festival.

Supported by: David Torrance, Ivan McKee, James Dornan, Patrick Harvie, Richard Lyle, Gillian Martin, Joan McAlpine, Bob Doris, Ben Macpherson, Stuart McMillan, Ash Denham, Colin Beattie, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Gil Paterson, Fulton MacGregor, Tom Arthur, Gail Ross, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson


Lewalicious Cakes

That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Kelvin constituent, Ifelewa Thomas, on securing £5,000 from the Social Entrepreneurs Fund; understands that the funding will be used to set up a community bakery, Lewalicious Cakes, in the east end of Glasgow, offering training, volunteering and employment support to unemployed young people; commends Ifelewa’s commitment to pursue a social enterprise model, which it considers will provide huge benefits for those young people engaged in the training programme and the wider local economy, and wishes Ifelewa and her team every success for the future.

Supported by: Gillian Martin, Ash Denham, Joan McAlpine, Rona Mackay, Fulton MacGregor, Bob Doris, Richard Lyle, Alison Johnstone, Jenny Gilruth, Ben Macpherson, Clare Haughey, Colin Beattie, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Angus MacDonald, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur, David Torrance, Ivan McKee


Scottish Performance of Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour Wins Olivier Best New Comedy Award

That the Parliament congratulates the production, Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour, on winning the Olivier Best New Comedy Award 2017; understands that it is a widely acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland production that has toured the country, as well as the United States, Ireland and Australia; further understands that the production will shortly begin a run in London's West End; commends the work of the production and the National Theatre of Scotland to provide exposure to talented young women in the arts while celebrating this acclaimed drama about the coming of age challenges and development of young working class women; welcomes the achievement in winning this award, and wishes the cast and team behind the production all the best as it continues.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Bill Kidd, Christina McKelvie, Graeme Dey R, Clare Haughey, Gil Paterson, Gillian Martin, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Gail Ross, Joan McAlpine, Ben Macpherson, Ivan McKee, David Torrance, Alex Cole-Hamilton, James Dornan, Fulton MacGregor, Emma Harper, Colin Beattie, Claire Baker, Clare Adamson, Tom Arthur