Gordon Reid Wins First Grand Slam—That the Parliament congratulates Gordon Reid from Helensburgh, and his partner, Shingo Kunieda, on their victory in the French Open men’s wheelchair doubles; understands that Gordon started playing wheelchair tennis in 2005 after contracting transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder, shortly before turning 13;
Rhoda has submitted the following as a Member’s Motion in the Scottish Parliament
Wick Academy Digital Award Winner—That the Parliament congratulates the team from Wick Academy on winning the Information Award at the National Apps for Good ceremony in London for its app, One Click Politics, which aims to get young people tuned into politics
Rhoda Grant : To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that secondary school pupils in the Highlands and Islands can study the subjects that they need to meet their career ambitions.
It is clear that mental health legislation covers people who are not mentally ill but who have learning difficulties or other conditions such as autism.
Those people need additional support, but their condition is not a mental illness, albeit that at times they may be predisposed to mental illness due to their isolation from wider society.
We need laws that not only support and protect such people but go further to integrate them into society—perhaps we need laws to change societal attitudes and structures so that people do not face the barriers and attitudes that prevent them from playing their full part.
Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2015
That the Parliament notes that Cervical Screening Awareness Week 2015, which aims to highlight the importance of cervical screening and how attending a screening appointment can help to prevent cervical cancer,
Scottish Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and Johann Lamont, have added their support to calls for the Scottish Government to step in and prevent job losses at the world renowned Scottish Association for Marine Science.
“These job loses will have a dramatic effect on an already stressed local economy, “ said Mrs Grant, “but just as worrying is the effect that this may have on the important work carried out at SAMS.
“The loss of 10% of your workforce, “continued Mrs Grant, “is a blow to any organisation.
“Whether the jobs are lost by redundancy or, so called, ‘natural wastage’ is immaterial.
“It still means that SAMS have 13 skilled employees less than before and will be less able to carry out work to the same high level as has become the expected norm.”