About Jean

Jean Urquhart has spent most of her adult life living in the Highlands and now lives in Shetland. She was elected to the Scottish Parliament on the regional list for the SNP in 2011; she resigned from the party when its policy to remain independent of NATO was changed. She is a lifelong anti-nuclear campaigner. While in parliament she has been part of the Green/Independent group.

“I believe that the austerity budget of the Westminster Government is political and that making the poorest in society pay for the greed of the richest is obscene.

“The folk of the Highlands and Islands have been at the forefront of radical politics in the past and I hope they will see that it is time for a more radical future”.

Jean is standing on the regional list for the Highlands and Islands, give RISE: Scotland's Left Alliance your "second vote" on the 5th May to re-elect Jean Urquhart.

“I believe that the austerity budget of the Westminster Government is political and that making the poorest in society pay for the greed of the richest is obscene.

“The folk of the Highlands and Islands have been at the forefront of radical politics in the past and I hope they will see that it is time for a more radical future”.

Jean is standing on the regional list for the Highlands and Islands, give RISE: Scotland's Left Alliance your "second vote" on the 5th May to re-elect Jean Urquhart.

If you want to know more about Jean's work as an MSP you can read a selection of her posts and press releases from the past 5 years below:

Jean marks UN World Down’s Syndrome Day

Jean at the Scottish Parliament with Down's Syndrome Scotland spokesperson Kim ScottJean Urquhart welcomed the charity Down’s Syndrome Scotland to the Scottish Parliament last Thursday to mark United Nations World Down’s Syndrome Day on 21 March and Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week which ran from 17 to…

Speech: Thirsting for Justice

Jean spoke in the Labour MSP Claudia Beamish's member's debate on the desperate water shortages experienced in Palestine as a result of the Israeli occupation. You can watch her speech below (start at 45:00), and read the transcript of the whole debate at TheyWorkForYou.com. [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qN2HQ2ofdQM&w=560&h=315] Find out more about…

PQs: Community Councils in Scotland

I lodged a series of questions on Community Councils in Scotland. I'm encouraged by the responses, which show Governmental commitment to our most local form of democracy, and hope the information provided is useful for those involved in Community Councils. Jean Urquhart (Highlands and Islands) (Independent): To ask the Scottish…

Amendment 116: A duty on Ministers to establish a group (‘the body’) to consider whether the UNCRC should be given legislative effect and to help continue the discussion on UNCRC incorporation

Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 The Deputy Presiding Officer: Group 1 is on duties of Scottish ministers in relation to the rights of children. Amendment 116, in the name of Jean Urquhart, is grouped with amendments 117, 118, 93 and 119 to 126. Jean Urquhart (Highlands and…

Motion: One Big Drum at Trade Union Week

Jean has lodged a motion welcoming East Sutherland's One Big Drum group to Holyrood as part of the Scottish Parliament's Trade Union Week celebrations. One Big Drum brings people together to learn African drum music, including young and old, and people with and without disabilities. The group was created two…

Speech: The Scottish Budget 2014

Jean spoke in the final debate on the Scottish Budget, emphasising again the importanmce of preventative spending, and secure funding for the charities that provide so many preventative services. She also addressed the Bedroom Tax, which the Scottish Government has successfully mitigated but which remains effectively a tax paid by…

Holyrood passes marriage equality

Jean has welcomed MSPs’ overwhelming support for marriage equality, as the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill was passed on a vote of 105-18 this evening. Jean said: “I was very proud to cast my vote for marriage equality this evening. This is an historic and joyful occasion for Scotland,…

Remembering John Farquhar Munro

I was sad to hear of the death over the weekend of John Farquhar Munro, who was a crofter, a Highland councillor, and Liberal Democrat MSP for Ross, Skye and Inverness West from the start of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 until the 2011 election. I enjoyed a craic with…

The Week Ahead (20th January-26th January)

Tuesday On Tuesday morning Jean will be working in her parliamentary office, holding her usual weekly meeting with staff. In the afternoon Jean will be meeting with representatives from Ofgem, before Jean attending a CPG Poland meeting and a reception for Abellio, one of the companies currently bidding for the…

Speech on the Landfill Tax Bill

Sadly we ran out of time in the Chamber this afternoon and I wasn't able to speak in the debate on the third and final stage of the Landfill Tax (Scotland) Bill. I've been part of scrutinising this Bill all the way through, as a member of the Scottish Parliament…

The Week Ahead: 16th-20th December

This week concludes the current Parliamentary session.  On  Monday, I took a flight to Edinburgh and spent most of the day working in my office at Holyrood. Later, I took part in an independence debate at the University of Strathclyde, where some interesting views were heard. On Tuesday, I will…

Jean backs Amnesty ‘Write for Rights’ Campaign

The following is a press release on Jean's support for the Amnesty International 'Write for Rights' Campaign: "MEDIA RELEASE – Jean Urquhart MSP For immediate use, Wednesday 11th December 2013 NORTH MSP BACKS AMNESTY ‘WRITE FOR RIGHTS’ CAMPAIGN On international Human Rights Day (10th December), Independent MSP for the Highlands and…

The Week Ahead: 9th-13th December

On Monday, I attended the WILPF Chrystal Macmillan Fundraising Dinner in Leith, Edinburgh. On Tuesday morning, I have office time and my staff meeting.  I'll then be greeting a group of young people from Newbattle Abbey College, followed by my grouping meeting.  In the afternoon, there is a chamber debate on…

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…

Press Release on the Independence White Paper

Here is a press release from me, in which I react to the Independence White Paper, which was launched by the Scottish Government on Tuesday. "HIGHLANDS AND ISLANDS MSP:  INDY WHITE PAPER PUTS SCOTLAND’S KIDS FIRST Independent Highlands and Islands MSP Jean Urquhart has congratulated the Scottish Government on the…

Motion: S4M-08432: Expansion of Woodfuel on Mull

I lodged another motion on Wednesday 27th November, and this was following the announcement of a deal for North West Mull Community Woodland Company Limited to buy Crannich Woodfuel. That the Parliament welcomes the purchase by North West Mull Community Woodland Company Limited (NWMCWC) of the island-based woodchip supplier, Crannich Woodfuel; understands that this…

The Week Ahead (18th-24th November)

This week began at Parliament on Monday with the Scottish Futures forum on Workforce Development work-streams, which took up a large part of my day.  I spent the remainder of the day at Parliament engaged in email correspondence with constituents, as well as various administrative tasks. On Tuesday, I began…

The Week Ahead (11th November-17th November)

This Parliamentary week began with work in the constituency office on Monday, followed by a Hogmanay launch on Tuesday morning, and the usual parliamentary team meeting.  In the afternoon, I’ll be attending a meeting ahead of the Members’ Business Debate on Moray Library closures as well as our weekly Independent/Green…

Speech: Strict Liability

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I wasn't able to give my speech in support of the introduction of Strict Liability during my colleague Alison Johnstone's Members' Business debate on October 29th. In the interests of transparency, I've reproduced my planned comments below: I welcome the opportunity to speak during this…

MoonWalk and the Highlands & Islands

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet with representatives from Walk the Walk to hear about how the Moon Walk is helping improve the lives of Scotland's cancer population. The amount of good that Walk the Walk are able to facilitate through their grants system is truly astonishing. Over the last…

Speech: Al-Anon Family Groups

On September 24th, I spoke in Gordon MacDonald's Members' Business debate on Al-Anon Family Groups. Below is a transcript of my contribution. I thank Gordon MacDonald for securing the debate. This is a topic that should be debated in the Parliament again and again. Our relationship with alcohol is such…

Motion: Condemning Moray Council Library Closures

That the Parliament condemns Moray Council's decision to close seven rural libraries; notes that the closure of the libraries, based in Burghead, Cullen, Dufftown, Findochty, Hopeman, Portknockie and Rothes, was subject to an equality impact assessment (EIA), which recommended retaining three of the libraries; understands that, despite opposition plans to…

PRESS RELEASE: GEOPARK CASH BOOST WELCOMED

Jean Urquhart, the Independent MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has welcomed First Minister Alex Samond’s announcement of £280,000 in new funding for Scotland’s two UNESCO Geoparks in Shetland and the North-West Highlands. The First Minster announced the cash yesterday afternoon during the Cabinet’s visit to Shetland. Jean met with…

Climate Challenge Fund Advice Surgeries

  The Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF) has made 563 awards to the value of over £46.9 million since its launch in 2008. The fund helps community groups who have projects designed to help reduce their carbon footprint, and funded projects in the past have included community growing projects,…

Photos: Dogs Trust Visit, July 2013

On July 4th, I was lucky enough to visit the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre near Uddingston. The Dogs Trust are a fantastic charity whose dedicated employees and volunteers rehome over 1000 dogs every year. Each rehomed dog is neutered, vaccinated and microchipped, and is matched carefully to its new owners.…

Photos: Jean backs Cycle Law Scotland campaign

Jean joined two-wheeled lawyer Brenda Mitchell of Cycle Law Scotland, along with fellow MSPs Alison Johnstone and Tavish Scott, to support their Road Share campaign for a 'strict liability' law to protect vulnerable road users including cyclists and pedestrians. A law like this would require drivers to prove they were…

Screen Machine Event, Scottish Parliament

Last week, I was able to catch up with some old friends when the Screen Machine  rolled into Parliament for its 15th anniversary. The Screen Machine is a tremendous mobile cinema, lodged inside a 35-tonne articulated lorry and taken into every nook and cranny in Scotland to bring the latest…

Photos: National Epilepsy Week Photocall

Last week I took part in a photocall organised by Epilepsy Scotland to mark National Epilepsy Week. As a member of the Cross-Party Group on Epilepsy, I'm becoming more and more aware of the issues affecting Scots with epilepsy and the great work being done by so many in helping…

Al-Anon

I was pleased to visit the Al-Anon stall in Holyrood this week. Al-Anon offers on-going, open ended, non-judgemental support to people affected by someone else’s drinking, whether or not the drinker recognises that a problem exists. This may result in raised self esteem, leading to greater recovery in the whole…

Holyrood celebrates Polish Constitution Day

Jean has tabled the Scottish Parliament’s first ever motion celebrating Polish Constitution Day. Already, 17 fellow MSPs from around the country have signed up to support the message of friendship between Scotland and Poland. Polish Constitution Day is tomorrow, May 3rd, and commemorates the adoption of the Polish constitution of…

Plockton Railway Station Plaque Unveiling

On April 26th, I was privileged to unveil a plaque at Plockton Railway Station to recognise a unique partnership initiative which has driven down anti-social behaviour. Following complaints of low-level anti-social behaviour at the station by pupils from the neighbouring high school, it was felt the best way to encourage a…

Event: Abolition 2000, April 18th 2013

        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…

Thatcher debate rescheduled

The Independent/Green group at Holyrood has agreed to move its debate on the subject "There Is Such A Thing As Society" from tomorrow afternoon to Thursday, after it became clear that the other parties and the Parliament's Presiding Officer favoured the shift. Jean said: "It seems a double standard that…

SPEECH: Closing Speech, Trident Debate, 20th March 2013

16:27 Jean Urquhart: We have had a good debate and, again, I repeat my support for the Scottish Government’s bringing this entirely relevant matter to the chamber. Ruth Davidson’s suggestion that the retention of Trident nuclear missiles showed responsible government led to Alasdair Allan’s brilliant question whether she was also suggesting…

Photo: IF Campaign Parliamentary Reception

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…

Speech: Stage 1 Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill

I am pleased to have the opportunity to support the bill’s basic principles at stage 1. Although a lot of my colleagues have identified during the debate issues that require more work or consideration, I think that there is consensus that work can be done to improve the sustainability, accountability…

Motion: The Big Hospitality Conversation

Motion S4M-05745: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 27/02/2013 The Big Hospitality Conversation That the Parliament welcomes the Big Hospitality Conversation summit, hosted by the British Hospitality Association and Springboard, which provides a forum for industry practitioners to meet young people interested in working in the hospitality industry;…

Motion: Raasay Crofters’ Association

Motion S4M-05704: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 21/02/2013 Raasay Crofters' Association That the Parliament notes with concern the transfer of fishing and shooting rights on the island of Raasay from the Raasay Crofters’ Association to a South Ayrshire stalking firm; further notes that the association, which represents…

Motion: Gavin Wallace

Motion S4M-05639: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 14/02/2013 Gavin Wallace That the Parliament notes with sadness the passing of Dr Gavin Wallace, portfolio manager for literature, publishing and language at Creative Scotland; understands that Gavin began his career at the literary magazineCencrastus in 1991, becoming the co-editor of…

Motion:Shetland Islands Council’s Community Engagement

Motion S4M-05487: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 28/01/2013 Shetland Islands Council's Community Engagement That the Parliament notes Shetland Islands Council’s invitation to members of the public to address it on relevant issues; understands that, in relation to education provision across Shetland, three parent council chairs from a…

Motion: Faroese Withdrawal from Herring International Management Plan

Motion S4M-05462: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 24/01/2013 Faroese Withdrawal from Herring International Management Plan That the Parliament expresses its concern at the Faroe Islands’ withdrawal from international sharing arrangements for the Atlanto-Scandian herring stock; understands that this withdrawal will result in the Faroe Islands setting its…

Motion: Crofting Connections

Motion S4M-05423: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Independent, Date Lodged: 21/01/2013 Crofting Connections That the Parliament notes the launch of Crofting Connections 2013-15 at Plockton High School on 18 January 2013; understands that Crofting Connections is a project designed to educate people aged 5 to 16 in remote, rural communities…

BLOG: Position on College Funding

There’s been a lot of press coverage recently for NUS Scotland’s “Fund Scotland’s Future” campaign on the issue of college funding. As an organisation, the NUS does a lot of excellent advocacy for students the length and breadth of the country, attempting to secure the best possible deal for our…

Shelter Scotland’s Christmas Emergency Pledge

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. http://www.flickr.com/photos/shelterscotland/8287139185/in/set-72157632282866663

BLOG: The Finance Committee Budget Votes

A number of press outlets have carried a story regarding a vote that took place at the Finance Committee last Wednesday. As reported, I did vote against an SNP amendment to our Committee’s budget report that would have explicitly supported the budget; however, I also voted against an opposition amendment…

Blog: The Real Threat to EU Membership

Scotland’s future within (or outside) the European Union (EU) has once again hit the headlines, with the Scotsman reporting that “the European Commission has written to a House of Lords committee stating that if Scots voters back independence, existing treaties which cover the UK’s EU membership will ‘cease to apply’”.…

New Working Group Established in Parliament

Jean Urquhart MSP has reached an agreement with the two Green Party MSPs, Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone, and Independent MSPs Margo MacDonald and John Finnie to establish a working group under the Parliament’s Standing Orders. This grouping will give the MSPs representation on the Parliamentary Bureau which decides Parliamentary…

Statement

As many of you will know, I have resigned from the Scottish National Party due to its change of policy in relation to NATO membership post-independence. I will continue to sit in the Scottish Parliament as an independent MSP for the Highlands and Islands. I would like to make it…

Motion: Scotland’s Apprentice of the Year

Motion S4M-04441: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/10/2012 Scotland's Apprentice of the Year That the Parliament congratulates Amy Garrick, who has just completed a four-year apprenticeship as an electrician with Shetland Islands Council, on being named Scottish Apprentice of the Year; understands that the award…

Motion: September 2012 Big Lottery Fund Awards

Motion S4M-04439: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/10/2012 September 2012 Big Lottery Fund Awards in the Highlands and Islands That the Parliament congratulates the projects that have been awarded funding by the Big Lottery Fund in September 2012 in the Highlands and Islands; notes that…

Speech: National Gaelic Plan

Tapadh leibh, Presiding Officer. Unfortunately, I cannot replicate the language skills of my party colleagues the minister, Dave Thompson and John Finnie, all of whom are far more proficient in Gaelic than I am. However, as a fellow MSP for the Highlands and Islands, I know how important the continuing…

Speech: Women’s Employment Summit

As the deputy convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee, I am pleased to have the opportunity to comment on the women’s employment summit, which I was fortunate enough to attend last month. I am glad that the role of women in the workplace and in wider society has returned to…

Speech: Great Polish Map of Scotland

I would like to congratulate my colleague Christine Grahame on bringing this debate to the floor- timely, I believe, as it was announced on Monday that the Great Polish Map has been awarded listed status. It is undoubtedly worthy of protection, and I am delighted that future generations will be able…

Motion: Shetland Knitwear

Motion S4M-04109: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/09/2012 Shetland Knitwear That the Parliament welcomes the £220,000 investment by Laurence Odie Knitwear Ltd (LOKL) in new machinery and an expansion of its workforce; notes that £76,650 of this has been provided by Highlands and Islands Enterprise…

Motion: Steall Gorge Footpath Appeal

Motion S4M-04029: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/09/2012 Steall Gorge Footpath Appeal That the Parliament congratulates the John Muir Trust on the success of its Steal Gorge Footpath appeal, which has raised tens of thousands of pounds in order to repair the historic footpath across…

Speech: Oxfam’s Humankind Index

I congratulate Ken Macintosh on bringing this debate to the chamber. I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak in favour of the motion and in favour of Oxfam’s vital work in the area. As members know, it is common for us to receive briefings or points of view…

Motion: Centenary of Robin Jenkins’ Birth

Motion S4M-04009: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/09/2012 Centenary of Robin Jenkins' Birth That the Parliament acknowledges that 11 September 2012 marks the centenary of the birth of the author, Robin Jenkins; notes that his writing examined social hypocrisy and the ambiguities of morality, integrity…

Motion: Saltire Housing Awards 2012

Motion S4M-03998: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/09/2012 Saltire Housing Awards 2012 That the Parliament congratulates the award winners from the Saltire Housing Awards 2012; welcomes the record number of submissions received for the awards; understands that 14 projects were given awards, with a further…

Motion: EHRC Coalition Cuts

Motion S4M-03954: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/08/2012 EHRC Coalition Cuts That the Parliament acknowledges what it considers to be the vital role that is played by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) in providing guidance to the public in promoting and enforcing equality…

Motion: Shetland’s Message in a Bottle

Motion S4M-03953: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/08/2012 Shetland's Message in a Bottle That the Parliament congratulates Scottish skipper, Andrew Leaper, on setting a new world record after discovering a message in a bottle that was released 98 years ago; notes that this beats the…

Event: What Place for Poetry in Politics?”

Jean will be chairing an event at the Scottish Parliament’s Festival of Politics on August 25th. Called “What Place for Poetry in Politics?”, Jean will discuss the role played by poetry in shaping politics with leading Scottish poets and cultural figures Aonghas MacNeacail, Janet Paisley and George Gunn. For tickets…

Media Coverage: Shetland News Article, July 18th

Centralisation fears unfounded Wednesday, 18 July 2012 | Written by Iwan McBride | ISLANDERS have nothing to fear from the Scottish government’s plans to centralise colleges, police and fire services, according to SNP MSP Jean Urquhart. The highlands and islands list MSP said claims that control over Shetland College would be taken…

Motion: Discovery of the Higgs Boson (July 9th)

Short Title: Discovery of the Higgs Boson S4M-03594 Jean Urquhart () (Scottish National Party): That the Parliament congratulates the scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider on discovering what appears to be the Higgs Boson, also known as the God particle; acknowledges the huge significance of this discovery for particle…

Letter: Police and Fire Reform Bill (June 28th)

On Wednesday 27th June, I was proud to vote for the establishment of this new service that returns powers to local communities and helps to preserve our record high numbers of police officers, placing resources where they are most needed. In contrast to the Scottish Government’s commitment to public services,…

Speech: Arms Trade Treaty (June 21st)

I was pleased to sign Jamie Hepburn's motion and I congratulate him on bringing the debate to the chamber. As I am interested in the work of the cross-party group on human rights, I welcome the opportunity to discuss the urgent need for a practical yet far-reaching arms trade treaty.…

Speech: Travel and Tourism (June 21st)

I declare an interest as someone with a great many years' experience in the tourism and hospitality industry in the Highlands. I pay tribute to those who have spoken before me, who have highlighted a number of Scotland‟s attractions, taking us on a kind of verbal tour around the country.…

Speech: Women and Work (June 20th)

As a member of the Equal Opportunities Committee, I welcome the opportunity to comment on the vital work that is ahead of us to ensure that we remove as many barriers as possible for women seeking to enter their chosen career. I welcome, too, the minister's announcement of the summit…

Oral Question on the Shetland Box (June 14th)

Jean Urquhart: During last week's debate on reform of the common fisheries policy, I raised the issue of the Shetland box, the retention of which has not been explicitly confirmed by the European Commission in its reform package. Does the minister know whether the Shetland box is to be retained?…

Speech: Mountain Rescue Teams (June 13th)

I welcome the debate and congratulate Liz Smith on bringing it to the chamber. I am grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to the crucial work that is undertaken by every mountain rescue team in Scotland, particularly with so many being operational in my region, the Highlands and Islands.…

Speech: Royal Highland Education Trust (June 6th)

I congratulate Colin Keir on bringing the issue, which is particularly relevant and important, forward for debate, and welcome the chance to comment on the educational work that the Royal Highland Education Trust is undertaking to promote the countryside, which is an essential component of Scotland‟s cultural and economic fabric.…

Written Question: Foreign Language Teaching

Question S4W-08107: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/06/2012 To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to help local authorities deliver foreign language teaching as part of the Curriculum for Excellence. Answered by Alasdair Allan (28/06/2012): The Scottish Government is committed to improving language…

Written Questions: Mackerel Fishing (June 2012)

Question S4W-07903: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/06/2012 To ask the Scottish Executive what assistance it has given to fish producer organisations affected by the reported lack of access to waters around the Faroe Islands for mackerel fishing. Answered by Richard Lochhead (25/06/2012): The absence…

Written Questions on Crofting (June 2012)

Question S4W-07898: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/06/2012 To ask the Scottish Executive what work it has carried out with Registers of Scotland and the Crofting Commission to compile a new crofting register and when the register will be posted online. Answered by Stewart Stevenson…

Motion: Scottish Council on Archives’ National Plan

Motion S4M-03560: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/06/2012 Scottish Council on Archives' National Plan That the Parliament notes the publication of the Scottish Council on Archives’ Many Stories, One Scotland report; understands that the report is a national plan for learning and makes the case…

Motion: BBC’s Crime Drama, Shetland

Motion S4M-03511: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/06/2012 BBC's Crime Drama, Shetland That the Parliament welcomes the decision of BBC One to commission a two-part crime drama, Shetland, based on the murder mystery novels of Ann Cleeves; understands that the drama has been adapted for…

Motion: British Council Scotland’s World Scots Campaign

Motion S4M-03482: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/06/2012 British Council Scotland's World Scots Campaign That the Parliament welcomes the launch of British Council Scotland’s campaign, World Scots; supports the campaign’s principal aim, which is to give Scotland’s young people a competitive edge in the global…

Motion: Moving Stories Travelling Exhibition

Motion S4M-03427: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/06/2012 Moving Stories Travelling Exhibition That the Parliament welcomes the travelling exhibition, Moving Stories, which is at Eden Court, Inverness, until 24 July 2012; understands that the exhibition highlights the experiences of 10 members of the public who…

Motion: Book Week Scotland

Motion S4M-03399: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/06/2012 Book Week Scotland That the Parliament celebrates the announcement by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs of Scotland’s first ever Book Week; understands that this will take place between 26 November and 2 December 2012;…

Motion: Rise in Use of Regional Airports

Motion S4M-03384: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/06/2012 Rise in Use of Regional Airports That the Parliament welcomes the increase in passenger numbers for the month of May at airports operated by Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL); believes that this increased usage secures the…

Motion: Edinburgh International Film Festival

Motion S4M-03310: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/06/2012 Edinburgh International Film Festival That the Parliament understands that the Edinburgh International Film Festival commences on 20 June 2012 and runs until 1 July; congratulates the festival on reaching its 66th year; notes the diversity of films…

Motion: 50 Years of the Robertson Trust

Motion S4M-03199: Jean Urquhart, Highlands and Islands, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/06/2012 50 Years of the Robertson Trust That the Parliament notes the publication of a report marking the 50th anniversary of the Robertson Trust; understands that the trust, which was established in 1961 by Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel…