I was able to attend the closing event in the Scottish Parliament for “Abolition 2000”.
Abolition 2000 is a network of over 2000 organisations in 90 countries who are working to achieve nuclear disarmament, and it was great to have a chance to meet and share experiences with international experts on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, including the Scottish Parliament’s own Bill Kidd MSP, an A2000 Global Council Member and Co-President of PNND.
We also heard from Dr. Tad Akiba, Chairman Middle Powers Initiative, former Mayor of Hiroshima, and Karipbek Kuyukov, Honorary Ambassador, ATOM Project.
Along with other SNP, Green and Independent MSPs, as well as a number of voluntary organisations, trade unions and disability groups, I signed an open letter to Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP calling on the Bedroom Tax to be scrapped in this year’s Budget Statement on March 20th.
Despite the sudden flurries of snow, I was able to attend Hilton Primary School’s potato-planting session as part of the “Grow Your Own Potatoes” project this morning. It was great to see so many kids so enthusiastic about getting their hands dirty; projects like this and Crofting Connections, which teaches kids about crofting, are fantastic, and long may they continue.
I attended the IF Campaign Parliamentary Reception last night. Enough Food for Everyone IF is a coalition of more than 150 organisations which have joined together to campaign for action by the G8 on the issue of global hunger. The last time these groups worked together at this scale was for Make Poverty History. Now that the G8 group of world leaders are returning to the UK, they are demanding the G8 take action on hunger. 2013 won’t be the end of hunger, but it could be the beginning of the end.Take a look at www.enoughfoodif.org
Before Christmas, I signed Shelter Scotland’s Christmas Emergency 2012 “letter to Santa” calling on the Scottish Government to introduce better standards for temporary accommodation. It’s a pledge that I was pleased to sign and will continue to keep a keen interest throughout the year.