Parliament coming to town

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP is pictured alongside Convener of the Finance Committee Kenneth Gibson MSP as they read a copy of the Arbroath Herald ahead of their visit to Arbroath to hold a "Parliament Day" in the town.  Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP is pictured alongside Convener of the Finance Committee Kenneth Gibson MSP as they read a copy of the Arbroath Herald ahead of their visit to Arbroath to hold a "Parliament Day" in the town. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament is set to take over Arbroath for the day later this year so local people can experience its work and activities.

On Monday, November 4, the parliament’s presiding officer, Tricia Marwick MSP, will join local MSP Graeme Dey visiting local organisations.

Town schools will also be visited by regional MSPs and there will be a formal meeting of the Scottish Government’s finance committee in the Webster Memorial Theatre at 2 p.m.

And announcing Parliament Day Arbroath, the presiding officer said: “Arbroath is a great place for us to hold our latest Parliament Day.

“It is an ideal opportunity for the people of Arbroath to experience for themselves ‘a snapshot’ of the Parliament’s work and activities. It lets people meet and question MSPs and become involved in the work of their nation’s Parliament.”

The education outreach team will be working with secondary schools in the day, where pupils will undertake a mock budget activity before attending the finance committee meeting later that afternoon with John Swinney, finance secretary.

Primary schools will also be involved and aim to publish a special front page Parliament Day newpaper.

Local groups and organisations will also take part in a private morning workship in the Webster Memorial Theatre, where the finance committee will listen to their concerns.

The issues raised by the people of Arbroath at the workshops will then be put directly to John Swinney, when he gives evidence later that day.

Finance committee convener Kenneth Gibson MSP said: “We believe it is important to involve local people in our scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft budget.

“Our morning workshops will allow us to meet local business and community groups to hear directly from them on what the Scottish Government’s spending plans mean for people living and working in Arbroath.”