The Week Ahead (2nd-7th December)

This week began with a trip to Glasgow on Monday in order to attend a ‘Postcards from Scotland’ event.  In the afternoon, I attended an event at Holyrood where University and secondary school students debated at the annual St. Andrew’s Day debate.

Tuesday is filled with office time, which will give me the opportunity to reply to emails and fulfil various administrative tasks.  I have my team meeting today, so I’ll get a chance to catch up with the team and prepare for the final few weeks before the Christmas break.  I’ll also be in the chamber today for a ministerial statement on the Clutha pub tragedy.  I will end the day with the Imagine Scotland Cafe Conversation in Glasgow.

On Wednesday morning, I have the Finance Committee, followed by a quick lunch and a question and answer session with students from Inverness Royal Academy, who’ll be visiting Holyrood.  In the evening, I will be attending a Lloyds Group charity reception as well as the Cross Party Group on Human Trafficking.

Thursday morning will begin with a Dogs Trust breakfast reception, followed by a question and answer session with young people from Barra & Uist Youth Council, who’ll be at Holyrood for a visit.  Before First Minister’s Questions, I’ll be asking a general question in the debating chamber.  In the evening, I’ll travel to Ullapool and get a ferry to Stornoway.

I’ll spend Friday and Saturday on Stornoway, before getting a ferry back to the mainland on Sunday.  Whilst on Stornoway, I’ll be engaged in various meetings with a member of the local council, Stornoway Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Community Land Scotland, and others.  I’ll also be holding a surgery on Friday evening from 6pm at Bridge Community Centre, where members of the public can come and speak to me about any issues they may have.