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COSLA's Derek Mitchell answers a question during the discussion with pupils from Braidhurst and Our Lady's Highs and Firpark Secondary.
COSLA's Derek Mitchell answers a question during the discussion with pupils from Braidhurst and Our Lady's Highs and Firpark Secondary.
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Motherwell welcomed the Scottish Parliament as all ages had the opportunity to engage about the political concerns of the day in the GLO Centre.

The day kicked off with S4-6 pupils from Braidhurst and Our Lady’s High and Firpark Secondary discussing the Syrian refugee crisis with European and External Relations Committee convener Christine McKelvie MSP, committee clerk Jenny Goldsmith, Scottish Refugee Council CEO John Wilkes, COSLA’s Derek Mitchell, and Motherwell North councillor Pat O’Rourke, who sits on NLC’s working group on refugees.

Ms McKelvie said: “The pupils were so engaged and really interested in how their communities are preparing to receive refugees and there was real concern for the welfare of the families and young people who may settle in the area.

“Everything from schools and colleges to healthcare and housing services were brought up, and they certainly put me and my fellow panellists to the test.”

This was followed by a Youth Projects Showcase; and then the Parliament’s Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick chaired a public Q&A session with MSPs.

The floor offered up a range of questions, covering education, austerity and cuts, youth participation in the 2016 elections and prescription charges.

Ms Marwick said: “Parliament Day is about taking the Parliament into the heart of Scottish communities, meeting local people and discussing the issues that matter to them.

“The meeting at Motherwell’s GLO Centre was a perfect example of this and I want to thank everyone who came along and contributed to what was a lively and thought provoking debate.”