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Glasgow Kelvin Tackling Climate Change

That the Parliament congratulates the five organisations in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, the Glasgow Bike Station, Annexe Communities, The Chinese Community Development Partnership, Shia Asna Islamic Centre and Glasgow Mena Trust, on their successful applications to the Scottish Governments Climate Challenge Fund, which supports community projects; notes that awards ranged from just under £40,000 to almost £150,000, which will enable these projects to deliver programmes ranging from active travel to improving home energy to food waste management; acknowledges that these projects will build on and support the Scottish Government's commitment to tackling climate change, and wishes all of the projects every success.

Supported by: James Dornan, Bob Doris, Mairi Evans, Ruth Maguire, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd


Khojaly Massacre

That the Parliament notes that 26 February 2017 will mark the 25th anniversary of the Khojaly massacre, which resulted in the deaths of 613 civilians and was reported to have been committed by Armenian forces during the 1988-94 war between Armenia and Azerbaijan; understands that Armenia continues to occupy 20% of the internationally-recognised territories of Azerbaijan, despite UN Security Council Resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884, which called for the unconditional, immediate and full withdrawal of its forces; notes what it believes are concerns over war crimes and gross violations of international humanitarian law in the town of Khojaly; expresses its support of the efforts of the international community to bring about a negotiated solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict using the principles of international law, and acknowledges what it sees as the dynamically-developing long-standing community relations between the people of Azerbaijan and Scotland, including the presence of the Scottish expatriate community in Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani community in Scotland.

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Ash Denham, Bob Doris, Pauline McNeill, Andy Wightman, Ben Macpherson, Maree Todd, James Dornan, Jenny Gilruth, Alex Rowley, David Torrance, Christina McKelvie, John Finnie, Mairi Evans, Rona Mackay, Alexander Burnett, Ruth Maguire, Gillian Martin, Elaine Smith, Jackson Carlaw, Daniel Johnson, Rachael Hamilton, Ross Greer, Mark Ruskell, Christine Grahame, Miles Briggs, Finlay Carson, David Stewart, Colin Smyth, John Lamont, Jenny Marra, Margaret Mitchell, Bruce Crawford, Clare Adamson, Mark Griffin, Douglas Ross, Liam Kerr, Alexander Stewart, Jeremy Balfour, Ross Thomson, Annie Wells, Richard Lochhead, Stuart McMillan, Bill Bowman, Peter Chapman, Adam Tomkins, Tavish Scott, Richard Lyle, Alison Harris, Bill Kidd, Neil Findlay, Liam McArthur, Fulton MacGregor, Mary Fee, Gil Paterson, Rhoda Grant, Oliver Mundell, Jackie Baillie, Patrick Harvie, Graham Simpson, Jamie Greene, Linda Fabiani, Willie Rennie, Angus MacDonald, John Scott, Murdo Fraser, Stewart Stevenson, Brian Whittle, Johann Lamont, Edward Mountain, Anas Sarwar, Claire Baker, Iain Gray, Tom Arthur, Alison Johnstone, Maurice Golden, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Gordon Lindhurst, Donald Cameron, Alex Neil


Funding Success for Kelvin

That the Parliament congratulates three projects across the Glasgow Kelvin constituency in securing Awards for All grants from the Big Lottery Fund, including Culinary Ability Awards CIC, which will use the £9,950 to help local families to increase their confidence and skills through a number of community-focused activities, including drama groups and creative art sessions, as well as new initiatives such as a parent/toddler group and ladies' nights; notes that Mountain Aid will use its £2,860 for its 2017 Mountain Show Open Day, which will provide opportunities for the public to discuss participation in hill activities with leading outdoor safety-related organisations; further notes that Rapture Theatre has received £8,900, which will enable it to provide a show at 10 venues across Scotland for deaf people and BSL users; commends the contribution made to local communities by these groups, and wishes them every success for the future.

Supported by: Mairi Evans, Ivan McKee, Fulton MacGregor, Ruth Maguire, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Gillian Martin, James Dornan, Bob Doris, Colin Beattie, Joan McAlpine, Tom Arthur, Graeme Dey, Jeremy Balfour, Richard Lyle, Clare Adamson, David Torrance, Angus MacDonald, Jenny Gilruth


Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

That the Parliament acknowledges what it sees as the right, as guaranteed by Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to practise, preach and profess its religion, and congratulates the community on its significant contribution to Scottish society in applying its philosophy, Love for All, Hatred to None.

Supported by: Bob Doris, Emma Harper, Ash Denham, Ross Greer, Gillian Martin, James Dornan, Tom Arthur, Joan McAlpine, Colin Beattie, Christina McKelvie, Rona Mackay, Fulton MacGregor, Patrick Harvie, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Pauline McNeill, Bill Kidd, John Mason, Liam McArthur, David Torrance, Mark Griffin, Ivan McKee, Clare Adamson, Maree Todd, Claudia Beamish, Jenny Gilruth, Johann Lamont, James Kelly, Mike Rumbles, Alex Neil, Linda Fabiani, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Miles Briggs, Alex Rowley, Annie Wells


Rape Crisis Centre

That the Parliament congratulates the Rape Crisis Centre in Glasgow on receiving £493,160 from the Big Lottery Fund, which it will use to enhance its core support and advocacy services supporting survivors of sexual violence, abuse and exploitation and, in particular, targeting those harder to reach or less likely to seek support, such as disabled people and black and other ethnic minority women; notes that the centre also aims to expand its number of volunteers and improve its volunteer training, as well as having a minimum of two volunteers per shift and increasing the amount of face-to-face support, group work and advocacy services; believes that the service offered by the Rape Crisis Centre is vital to those affected, and commends the efforts of all involved in delivering support.

Supported by: Annie Wells, James Dornan, Mairi Evans, Graeme Dey, Tom Arthur, Rona Mackay, Emma Harper, Jeremy Balfour, David Torrance, Ruth Maguire, Bill Kidd, Joan McAlpine, Pauline McNeill, Kenneth Gibson, Clare Haughey, Richard Lyle, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Gail Ross, Monica Lennon, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Ash Denham, John Mason, Ivan McKee, Alexander Burnett, Clare Adamson, Christina McKelvie, Gillian Martin


Leadership, Equality and Active Participation Grant Success

That the Parliament congratulates Leadership, Equality and Active Participation (LEAP) in Sports Scotland on receiving a £149,982 grant from the Big Lottery Fund, which the group will use to improve accessibility and participation in sport for LGBTI people; notes that it will also seek to challenge homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in sports while working with sports organisations to improve opportunities for physical activity; commends the group on its commitment to LGBTI people, and wishes all participants in the group every success for the future.

Supported by: Ruth Maguire, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, James Dornan, Clare Haughey, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Mairi Evans, David Torrance, Clare Adamson, Christina McKelvie, Gillian Martin, Ivan McKee, Tom Arthur


Equal Say Ltd

That the Parliament congratulates Equal Say Ltd, which is based in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency, on its award of £363,880 by the Big Lottery Fund; understands that this will be used to help it to continue to support parents with a learning disability to develop their skills and confidence through the provision of tailored parenting support programmes and parenting group activities that will be underpinned by the Mellow Parenting model that it has developed; acknowledges that it will be working in partnership with Stepping Stones for Families on activities that will include establishing routines, playing with babies to help them learn and liaising with the statutory authorities, and commends Equal Say Ltd on its ongoing commitment to delivering essential support.

Supported by: Annie Wells, Emma Harper, James Dornan, Mairi Evans, Ruth Maguire, Stuart McMillan, Bill Kidd, Tom Arthur, Rona Mackay, Joan McAlpine, Clare Haughey, Jeremy Balfour, Edward Mountain, Richard Lyle, Kenneth Gibson, Bob Doris, Graeme Dey, Gail Ross, Jenny Gilruth, Ivan McKee, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin


The Mental Health Foundation

That the Parliament congratulates Glasgow Kelvin constituency-based organisation, the Mental Health Foundation, on its £10,000 award from the Big Lottery Fund’s Investing in Ideas programme, which will be used to run its research project, Supporting the Mental and Emotional Health of People with Cancer; understands that this will help develop access to practical support for the prevention, care, treatment and self-management of mental health problems among people living with cancer; believes that the project's published research results will be followed by a seminar with stakeholders to examine how best to integrate mental health and wellbeing into strategic planning for cancer support, and wishes the foundation every success with the project and in its endeavours.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Mairi Evans, Ruth Maguire, Emma Harper, James Dornan, Bill Kidd, Clare Haughey, Tom Arthur, Annie Wells, Ivan McKee, Gail Ross, Jeremy Balfour, Monica Lennon, Joan McAlpine, Richard Lyle, Bob Doris, Stuart McMillan, Alison Harris, Jackie Baillie, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Anas Sarwar, Maree Todd, Clare Adamson, Christina McKelvie


WASPI Campaign

That the Parliament acknowledges what it considers the injustice facing women affected by the acceleration of the increase in the state pension age; welcomes the Landman Economics report on the impact of the changes to pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s, which identifies an affordable solution that would slow down that increase in order to give adequate time for women in the Glasgow Kelvin constituency and across Scotland who are affected to make alternative arrangements, and notes the calls on the UK Government to work with Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) to explore transitional protection for those affected.

Supported by: Rona Mackay, Ruth Maguire, Joan McAlpine, James Dornan, Tom Arthur, Mairi Evans, Clare Adamson, Bruce Crawford, Graeme Dey, Bill Kidd, Emma Harper, Ash Denham, Pauline McNeill, Angus MacDonald, Ben Macpherson, Kenneth Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Christina McKelvie, Fulton MacGregor, Gil Paterson, Richard Lochhead, Ivan McKee, Jenny Gilruth, Alison Johnstone, Jackie Baillie, Alex Rowley, John Mason, Bob Doris, Gail Ross, Gillian Martin, Maree Todd, Monica Lennon, Mark Griffin, Claudia Beamish R, Colin Smyth, Willie Coffey, Linda Fabiani


Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 01/02/2017
Israeli Embassy Employee Inquiry

That the Parliament condemns the recent actions of Shai Masot, an Israeli Embassy employee, following a covert operation in which he was filmed suggesting that he could “take down” certain MPs who have been critical of Israel; is concerned that these revelations may have had a bearing on domestic politics in Scotland, and calls on the UK Government to carry out an immediate inquiry.

Supported by: Pauline McNeill, Ross Greer, Bill Kidd, Alex Rowley, Clare Haughey, Joan McAlpine, Ash Denham, Stuart McMillan, Elaine Smith, Fulton MacGregor, David Torrance, Ivan McKee, Colin Beattie, Jenny Gilruth, Anas Sarwar, Claudia Beamish, John Finnie, Ruth Maguire, Maree Todd, Christina McKelvie, Gillian Martin, Alex Cole-Hamilton