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Jim Swan Recognised for Health and Safety Work

That the Parliament congratulates Jim Swan on being awarded a Hazards Silver Award and plaque at the Scottish Hazards Conference, which took place in November 2018; understands that Jim spent his entire working life as a member of a trade union and was the shop stewards’ convener at British Leyland before working for the Lothian Trades Union Resource Centre; understands that Jim was a driving force behind establishing International Workers' Memorial Day in Scotland and the development of the Scottish Hazards movement, and thanks Jim for his commitment to improving the health and safety of working people.

Supported by: Monica Lennon, Angela Constance, Bill Kidd, Claire Baker

Hayley Nisbet Recognised at the Scottish Health Awards

That the Parliament congratulates Hayley Nisbet, a paediatric oncology outreach support worker, who has been recognised at the Scottish Health Awards 2018; acknowledges that Hayley was awarded the Support Worker Award for her commitment, kindness and compassion, and for providing fantastic NHS non-clinical support; notes that the awards are an opportunity to recognise fantastic care by dedicated health workers across the country, and wishes Hayley the very best in her future career.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance

Loo of the Year Award

That the Parliament congratulates the pub, The NewYearField, in Livingston on winning a platinum award at the Loo of the Year Awards 2018; acknowledges that the platinum award is the highest accolade that can be achieved; notes that toilet facilities are judged on a variety of criteria such as decor, maintenance, cleanliness, accessibility, hand washing and drying equipment and overall management, and commends the staff at The NewYearField for their hard work to ensure such high-quality facilities.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance

New War Memorial in Armadale

That the Parliament welcomes a new war memorial in Armadale, which has been erected to honour soldiers from the local area who have been killed in warfare; notes that the new memorial, which is situated in Watson Park, bears the names of those killed; acknowledges that the Armadale District War Memorial Committee has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the memorial; understands that it was unveiled at a ceremony on 27 October 2018, and congratulates everyone involved in creating this memorial for the local community.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Angela Constance, Kenneth Gibson

MBE for Bryan Lewis

That the Parliament congratulates Bryan Lewis, a retired teacher from Stoneyburn, on being appointed an MBE; acknowledges Bryan, who has devoted his life to education, particularly in developing art and drama; considers that he is one of Scotland’s leading educators, providing support and guidance to young people for 40 years; commends Bryan for his commitment to education, and wishes him a very happy retirement.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Annie Wells, Angela Constance

The Stellar Awards

That the Parliament congratulates pupils and teachers recognised at The Stellar Awards in West Lothian; notes that the awards ceremony aims to celebrate educational achievements in all areas of the curriculum; understands that this was a fantastic night for education as it highlighted the work that is taking place in schools across West Lothian, and wishes everyone who was recognised the very best of luck with their very bright futures.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Bill Kidd, Gordon Lindhurst, Jeremy Balfour, Gil Paterson

Festive Fiver Campaign

That the Parliament commends West Lothian Council on the launch of its annual Festive Fiver campaign; acknowledges that the campaign scheme aims to provide every adult who uses a foodbank over the festive period with a goodie bag filled with toiletries; understands that the campaign aims to raise awareness of poverty around the festive period and throughout the year, and encourages West Lothian residents to donate necessary items to their local foodbank in order to provide some extra support to those in need this Christmas.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Jeremy Balfour, Gil Paterson, Angela Constance

Edinburgh Airport, Price Hike for Drop-off Zone

That the Parliament condemns the move by Edinburgh Airport to increase drop-off charges at the airport; understands that the price increase will come into force on 8 November 2018 and will see drivers forced to pay to £2 for five minutes and £4 for up to ten minutes, a £1 increase, while parking for up to 20 minutes will increase from £5 to £10; considers that these price hikes will not address congestion and are simply another way for the airport to maximise profit from its passengers, and calls on the management of Edinburgh Airport to scrap these planned increases.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Kenneth Gibson, Gordon Lindhurst, Colin Smyth, Elaine Smith, Alex Rowley, Angus MacDonald, Angela Constance

Vet Nurse Shortlisted for Award

That the Parliament congratulates Ellie Tappenden, who works at Albyn Veterinary Centre in Broxburn, on being selected as a finalist for Veterinary Nurse of the Year in two national awards; understands that Ellie is a finalist in both the Animal Star Awards and the National Veterinary Awards that will take place on 3 November 2018; notes that Ellie has excelled in her role since graduating from Edinburgh Napier University in 2014, and wishes her the best of luck at the upcoming ceremonies.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Miles Briggs, Jeremy Balfour, Gil Paterson

Concerns Over Bed Blocking in West Lothian

That the Parliament is deeply concerned regarding the prevalence of bed blocking in West Lothian; understands that, from 1 April to 31 August 2018, patients over 18 years of age spent 1,639 days in hospital beds while waiting to be discharged for complex reasons; believes that delayed discharge has increased every year since 2016 and considers that it is placing increasing pressure on the NHS; considers that bed blocking will also detrimentally affect patients and their families, and urges the Scottish Government, as winter approaches, to urgently address these issues.

Supported by: Miles Briggs, Jeremy Balfour, Gordon Lindhurst

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