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Amnesty International Report, Tackling Hate Crime in the UK

That the Parliament welcomes the recent report from Amnesty International, Tackling Hate Crime in the UK, detailing specific case studies of hate crime attacks across the UK and the recommendations posed to each devolved UK parliament on how best to tackle hate crime; notes the recommendations in the report, including speaking out against hateful and discriminatory language, investing in greater community engagement against hate crime and developing training practices to eradicate online hate crime; further notes the specific recommendations directed to the Scottish Government, the Independent Review of Hate Crime Legislation and Police Scotland, including the collection and publication of hate crime data, consolidating existing current hate crime data and to extend the categories covered by protected characteristics, and pays tribute to those referred to in the report's case studies for sharing their stories and experiences, helping the evidence-based recommendations from Amnesty to be realised.

Supported by: John Mason, Bill Kidd, Gillian Martin, Clare Haughey, Graeme Dey, Joan McAlpine, Sandra White, David Torrance, Ben Macpherson, Rona Mackay, Stewart Stevenson, Richard Lyle, Ruth Maguire, Jenny Gilruth, John Finnie, Maree Todd


UWS Triumph at Herald Higher Education Awards

That the Parliament warmly congratulates the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) on its win at The Herald Higher Education Awards 2017; notes that the UWS won the awards for Best Student Support Team and Research Project of the Year’; further congratulates the staff and students of the UWS for this resounding success; believes that this is a fitting tribute to the skill, dedication and ingenuity of all involved in winning the awards, and wishes the UWS all the best for the future as it goes from strength-to-strength as, it considers, one of the world’s leading universities.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Margaret Mitchell, Monica Lennon, Gillian Martin, Ruth Maguire, George Adam, David Torrance, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Stevenson, Ben Macpherson, Sandra White, Clare Haughey, Rona Mackay, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson, Ivan McKee, Brian Whittle


Breakthrough MND Study Results

That the Parliament welcomes the results of MND Scotland-funded research from researchers at the University of Edinburgh and University of Zurich, noting, what could be, a breakthrough discovery in the causes of neurodegenerative diseases, such as MND; notes that the discovery pertains to a specific type of brain cell called microglia, which, when overactive, can destroy synapses within the brain; welcomes the summary, which suggests that microglial cells are emerging as key players in neurodegenerative disorders such as MND; praises the work of the researchers from the universities of Edinburgh and Zurich for their world-leading approach, and congratulates MND Scotland on its continued advocacy and campaigning on behalf of people who live with MND throughout Scotland.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Rona Mackay, Jeremy Balfour, David Torrance, Sandra White, Joan McAlpine, Stuart McMillan, Ben Macpherson, Ruth Maguire, Stewart Stevenson, Clare Haughey, Margaret Mitchell, Alex Neil, Graeme Dey, Monica Lennon, Richard Lyle, Neil Findlay, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Colin Smyth, Clare Adamson, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Ivan McKee


Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016

That the Parliament welcomes the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016; believes that this act gives greater powers to authorities to seek convictions for crimes of revenge porn; commends the Scottish Government and MSPs who campaigned for what it considers is this progressive change in law; pays tribute to partner organisations such as Scottish Women’s Aid and Rape Crisis Scotland for all their advocacy and campaigning in pursuit of justice for victims of revenge porn, and praises the courage of all victims who have come forward and overcome the humiliation and degrading impact that revenge porn has.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Ruth Maguire, Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Rona Mackay, Joan McAlpine, Liam McArthur, John Finnie, Emma Harper, Monica Lennon, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Stuart McMillan, Ben Macpherson, Richard Lyle, David Torrance, Clare Haughey, Fulton MacGregor, Gillian Martin, Clare Adamson, Ivan McKee, John Mason


Quarter Parish Church Friendship Group Receives Funding

That the Parliament congratulates the Quarter Parish Church Friendship Group on receiving £3,839 of vital funding from the Big Lottery Fund; acknowledges that the group aims to improve the lives of older people through the delivery of a weekly meal to 20 to 25 isolated older or disabled villagers; recognises that this funding will continue to support these weekly meals, as well as various other recreational activities for older people, and wishes the organisation all the best in the future.

Supported by: Gillian Martin, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Stuart McMillan, Richard Lyle, Joan McAlpine, Stewart Stevenson, Ben Macpherson, Clare Haughey, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Clare Adamson, Ivan McKee


2nd Anniversary of the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) Campaign

That the Parliament congratulates the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign on the 2nd anniversary of its inception; pays special tribute to the co-founders, Jordan Daly and Liam Stevenson, for their tireless, inspiring campaigning on behalf of LGBTI young people throughout Scotland; commends the remarkable progress to date of the campaign, from leading the march at Glasgow Pride 2016 to receiving a majority of MSPs supporting the TIE Pledge; understands that, with a majority of MSPs backing the TIE pledge, the Scottish Parliament is the first parliament in Europe to support the teaching of LGBTI issues in schools; supports the goals set out in the TIE Pledge and encourages all MSPs across the Chamber to consider signing the pledge; commends the activism of the TIE campaign and other equality organisations in working in partnership with the Scottish Government’s LGBTI – Inclusive Education working group, and praises the educational and life-changing work of the TIE campaign to ensure that homophobia, transphobia and biphobia will be a remnant of the past.

Supported by: Clare Haughey, Monica Lennon, Ivan McKee, Ash Denham, Ruth Maguire, Rona Mackay, Stuart McMillan, Sandra White, Patrick Harvie, Ben Macpherson, Alison Johnstone, Joan McAlpine, Jamie Greene, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Jenny Gilruth, Gail Ross, Iain Gray, Jackie Baillie, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson


Family Man Group

That the Parliament congratulates the Family Man Group on receiving £8,727 from the Big Lottery Fund; recognises that it helps men who have children aged up to five engage in their lives of and spend quality time with them; appreciates its emphasis on the importance of families and work to facilitate the growth of relationships, and wishes the group all the best.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Bill Kidd, Gillian Martin, Joan McAlpine, David Torrance, Rona Mackay, Sandra White, Bob Doris, Stewart Stevenson, Ben Macpherson, Clare Haughey, Fulton MacGregor, Ivan McKee


The Manda Centre

That the Parliament congratulates the Manda Centre on receiving £8,917 from the Big Lottery Fund; acknowledges that the centre's primary focus is to support people affected by trauma, loss and personal crisis; recognises that it operates on a voluntary basis and hopes that this funding will help increase its resources and service time significantly, and sends its best wishes to its staff and volunteers.

Supported by: Jenny Gilruth, Joan McAlpine, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Gillian Martin, Graeme Dey, Clare Haughey, David Torrance, Rona Mackay, Sandra White, Stewart Stevenson, Ben Macpherson, Fulton MacGregor, Clare Adamson, Ivan McKee


Friends of Stonehouse Park

That the Parliament congratulates the Friends of Stonehouse Park on receiving £2,580 from the Big Lottery Fund; considers that the organisation is passionate about the park and interested in the development of amenities and events within it; understands that the group will use the funding to organise a free outdoor session once a month for preschool children and children aged five to 12, and wishes the Friends of Stonehouse Park all the best in the future.

Supported by: James Dornan, Sandra White, Richard Lyle, Ivan McKee, Monica Lennon, Joan McAlpine, Gillian Martin, David Torrance, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Stewart Stevenson, Ben Macpherson, Clare Haughey, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor


17th Hamilton Senior Section Unit

That the Parliament congratulates the 17th Hamilton Senior Section Unit Girl Guides on being awarded £8,037 by the Big Lottery Fund; acknowledges that this charity focuses on disadvantaged areas and tackling the causes of poverty in Whitehill, Burnbank and Udston in Hamilton; recognises that work that it does to inspire young women to explore their interests, try new things and make a positive impact in the world through its programme, Look Wider, and wishes the organisation all the best for the future.

Supported by: Richard Lyle, James Dornan, Sandra White, Ivan McKee, Monica Lennon, Joan McAlpine, Gillian Martin, David Torrance, Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Stuart McMillan, Ben Macpherson, Clare Haughey, Jenny Gilruth, Fulton MacGregor