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Politicians head for Hawick in first ever Parliament Day

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP (R) and Kenneth Gibson MSP pictured reading a copy of the Hawick News ahead of the first Parliament Day which will be launched in Hawick in November 03 October 2012.  Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP (R) and Kenneth Gibson MSP pictured reading a copy of the Hawick News ahead of the first Parliament Day which will be launched in Hawick in November 03 October 2012. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

The Heart of Hawick will be home to the Scottish Parliament next month as Holyrood comes to the town for the day.

Politicians and Parliamentary staff will arrive in Hawick ahead of the first ever ‘Parliament Day’ which is being hosted in the Tower Mill.

Speaking of this new initiative, Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP, told the Hawick News this week: “I am looking forward to visiting Hawick for our first ever ‘Parliament Day’.

“With a formal committee meeting, a programme of school visits and a series of meetings with local groups all taking place, ‘Parliament Day’ will give the people of Hawick a great opportunity to see their Parliament in action.

“I hope they will enjoy this opportunity to find out more about what we do at Holyrood and experience how easy it can be to get involved.”

During the day’s activities on Monday, November 5, the finance committee will hold a formal committee meeting, where they will examine the spending plans of the Scottish Government.

A number of local organisations, including businesses and third sector organisations, will attend informal workshops prior to the committee meeting and have the opportunity to have their say on the Government’s spending plans.

Local school children will also have the chance to watch the committee meeting and ask MSPs questions.

Convener of the finance committee Kenneth Gibson MSP, said: “We hope that everyone from members of the public, community groups and school children will come along to watch a committee of their Parliament at work, particularly when it is looking at how public money will be spent.”

The Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff will be formally welcomed to Hawick on the Sunday by convenor of Scottish Borders Council Councillor Graham Garvie at a civic reception.

This will include local young people welcoming MSPs to the town with a presentation about their experiences, and a fashion show highlighting the talent of the high school and its partnership with local businesses.

Councillor Garvie said: “It’s an honour to host the Scottish Parliament in Hawick and I’m delighted that the Borders has been chosen as the first area in Scotland to hold such an historic event.”

 

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