Parliament Day comes to Orkney


The Scottish Parliament comes to Orkney on Monday 8 June, during which, local people will have the opportunity to meet the Presiding Officer and MSPs.

Parliament Days were initiated by the Scottish Parliament in 2012. With Presiding Officer the Rt Hon Tricia Marwick MSP taking the lead, the Parliament is moving into communities around Scotland. The aim of Parliament Days is to inspire local people to take an interest in and engage directly with the Parliament and its work. 

During Parliament Day Orkney, the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee will tackle the important  issue of land reform when it hosts a public meeting at Kirkwall Grammar School.   

The Presiding Officer will visit Orkney Library to hear more about how they used Twitter to attract more than 10,000 followers. The library became a social media sensation when it raised community awareness of the library and its services by changing stereotypes people may have about libraries, and showing a fun side of the service. 

Together with Liam McArthur MSP, she will also meet curator Sheila Garson at Orkney Museum, and discover more about Orkney’s incredible heritage. A highlight will be the recently opened summer display on the pivotal naval role of Orkney in WW1.

After a guided tour of the Pier Arts Centre and its current exhibits, including the internationally renowned Barbara Hepworth sculpture collection, the Presiding Officer will host a community networking lunch for invited guests from the Stromness community, taking in local volunteers, businesses and community activists. 

The Presiding Officer said: 

“We know that the people of Scotland want to be involved in the political process and that is why the Parliament is getting out  across Scotland. 

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee’s (RACCE) members are looking forward to a packed agenda. They’ll split into three groups to meet the people behind a wide range of local businesses and projects, ranging from the Agronomy Institute, which researches into the development and commercialisation of new crops and plant products in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; to renowned Family Butcher Craigie’s; to working watermill Barony Mill; to tenant farmers at Skail Farm, and meeting pupils from Kirkwall Academy, where the Committee will hear more about the issues that affect them. 

In the evening, the Committee will tackle the issue of land reform when it hosts a public meeting at Kirkwall Grammar School.   

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Convener Rob Gibson MSP commented: 

“Everyone is welcome to come to Kirkwall Grammar School on Monday 8 June 2015 from 5pm and engage with members of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee as we continue to tackle the issue of land reform. Our meeting will begin at 6pm. 

Mr Gibson continued: 

“Members of the Committee want to understand your opinions and encourage positive action on your behalf.  

“The public meeting is also an opportunity for you to give your views and quiz MSPs and a range of organisations on the land reform issues that matter to you. Who should own Scotland’s land? How should Scotland’s land be owned and managed to benefit us all? And should some land use take priority over others? These are all vital questions that we would like to tackle in Orkney.”  

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The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee (RACCE) scrutinises Scottish Government policy proposals relating to rural affairs, climate change and the environment. 

Public Meeting, Kirkwall Grammar School, The Meadows, Kirkwall, Orkney KW15 1QN 

Monday 8 June 2015, 17:00 – 21:00 

For a free ticket, call 0131 348 5200  or email [email protected] 

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Please note that photographs of Orkney Parliament Day will be available free of charge.

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