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Television Appearances
Some stills and behind the scenes photos from my interviews on TV.
Visit to Lomond Court for Care Home Open Day
I had a great visit to Lomond Court Care Home in Woodside for Care Home Open Day and Carer's Week on Friday 16th June 2017. Good fun - especially meeting Janet who used to live in my house!
Scottish Growth Scheme Launch at CelluComp Glenrothes
On Friday 16th June, it was great to visit CelluComp with Derek Mackay MSP in Glenrothes for the Scottish Government announcement of support for business through the Scottish Growth Scheme and the Scottish-European Growth Co-investment Programme. The growth scheme is a £500million funding package aimed at supporting businesses in Scotland to grow.
Neil Slorance Illustration
Delighted to have my own Neil Slorance illustration! Neil is a fantastic illustrator based in Glasgow, well-known for his political caricatures and comics for The National.
Ladybird Family Nurture Centre Glenrothes Summer Fête 2017
On Monday 5th June, I had great fun at Ladybird Family Nurture Centre Glenrothes annual Summer Fête. Well done to all the staff and parents for organising.
Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party Event
On Thursday 1st June, I had a great time at the Marie Curie - Scotland Blooming Great Tea Party event at the Scottish Parliament. This summer campaign is encouraging people to get together with friends, family or colleagues to host a tea party event to raise funds. A fantastic initiative.
Levenmouth Rail Campaign Petition Handover
A fantastic achievement for the Levenmouth Rail Campaign on Thursday 1st June 2017. A petition of 12,506 signatures was handed to the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP at the Scottish Parliament. Great to be joined by David Torrance MSP and to have cross-party support.
Hansard Society Scholars at Parliament
Great start to the day with the Hansard Society Scholars on Thursday 1st June on their visit to the Scottish Parliament. Lots of interesting questions on Scottish politics and my time in Parliament, covering topics such as the SNP, Brexit and the upcoming General Election. Always a pleasure to meet the Hansard students.
Rotary Club of Glenrothes Awards Ceremony 2017
On Thursday 25th May, I was privileged to be the guest of honour at the Rotary Club of Glenrothes Awards Ceremony, and to present awards to the young winners of many local awards. A brilliant evening.
National Digital Learning Week 2017
It was National Digital Learning Week from Monday 15th - Sunday 21st May. The week celebrates how digital technology can have a positive impact on education and learning, and encourages teachers and learners in all age groups to try using digital technology for learning.
Walk to School Week 2017
Showing my support for Walk to School Week 2017 (from Monday 15th to Friday 19th May).
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 8th to Sunday 14th May. I'd encourage all constituents to be aware of the need for good mental health and to talk about these issues openly, so that we can help reduce the stigma and get people the support they need and deserve.
Robot Relaunch of Cadham Pharmacy
On April 28th, I had a great afternoon at the Cadham Pharmacy re-launch with the fantastic Bernadette and her amazing team. A new robot has been installed with support from the Scot Gov's Prescription for Excellence pilot scheme. I was honoured to have my name on the plaque.
Pupils Q&A with Fife Gingerbread & Childcare Minister
On Friday 28th April, I took part in a Q&A session with pupils from Parkhill Primary School at Fife Gingerbread with Scottish Government Childcare & Early Years Minister Mark McDonald MSP and David Torrance MSP. The event was part of the open-day celebrations marking a year since Fife Gingerbread moved to the Greig Institute in Leven.
Supporting the Scrap Tax on Child Support for Domestic Abuse Victims campaign
On Tuesday 25th April 2017. I was happy to give my support to my colleague Angela Crawley MP and her campaign to scrap tax on child support for victims of domesic abuse - another SNP MP fighting callous Tory austerity targeted at the most vulnerable.
Relaunch of Largo Library & Community Hub
Good fun on Saturday 22nd April at the official opening of Largo Library and Community Hub with Stephen Gethins MP, Cllr Alistair Suttie and Cllr Davie Alexander. Tea, cake & books!
Visit to A Life Explored
On 21st April 2017, I visited the headquarters of A Life Explored, a care service based in Glenrothes which runs three care homes in Fife for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who cannot live with their families. A great opportunity to discuss these issues with people who have had first-hand experience caring for young people.
#ScrapTheRapeClause
On 20th April 2017, I was proud to join my MSP colleagues and campaigners at the #ScrapTheRapeClause demo outside of the Scottish Parliament. We should all unite against this inhumane and disgraceful policy.
IPPR Skills Debate
On Wednesday 20th April, I was delighted to participate in a cross-party debate hosted by IPPR Scotland at Dynamic Earth on the future of the Scottish skills system.
At Silverburn Park with FEAT
With James and Duncan at Silverburn Park on Saturday 15th April. Fabulous ideas coming together to revitalise the park and the former flax mill. Will be paying a return visit very soon.
Easter Surgery Tour
Easter was a fantastic opportunity to meet constituents across Mid Fife & Glenrothes, as I embarked on a special surgery tour event on Monday 10th April. I travelled around meeting local constituents from Kennoway, Windygates, Leslie, Coaltown of Balgonie, Thornton and Stenton. A great experience.
Fighting Chance Project Visit to Parliament
On Tuesday 28th March 2017, I was delighted to welcome the Fighting Chance Project to Parliament with my colleague Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, to promote the Yellow Belt Challenge. Young people from 11-23 years who have experienced hardship can participate in the program, which encourages the central values of judo—which to help young people realise their potential.
Supporting WWF Earth Hour 2017
I was proud to support WWF's Earth Hour 2017 on Saturday 25th March. All across the world, people stopped appliances and lights in their homes to reduce their energy consumption. A great initiative to demonstrate the need for climate change action.
A92 Safety Meeting
On Thursday 23rd March 2017, I met with members of North Glenrothes Community Council and the Transport Minister Humza Yousaf to discuss safety on the A92 stretch through Glenrothes.
Sky News Facebook Live Q&A
I was delighted to take part in the Sky News Facebook Live Q&A on Tuesday 21st March 2017 ahead of the Scottish Parliament debate on 'Scotland's Choice'.
Rowan Tree planting with Lundin Mill Primary pupils
I had a great time on Monday 13th March planting a Rowan Tree with Lundin Mill Primary School at Largo Serpentine Woods. I'm delighted to be the Species Champion for Rowan Trees in Scotland with the Woodland Trust.
Official Opening of Levenmouth Academy
On Friday 10th March, I was pleased to attend the official opening of Levenmouth Academy, as opened by Deputy First Minister and Education Minister John Swinney MSP. The new school replaces Buckhaven High and Kirkland High and has had fantastic investment from the Scottish Government.
Meeting Fife Gaelic Development Group
On Saturday 11th March 2017, I enjoyed attending the Fife Gaelic Development Group's cultural event at Rothes Hall in Glenrothes - especially the Gaelic sing-a-long!
Diageo visit to meet Modern Apprentices
On Monday 6th March, I had a great time meeting the apprentices at Diageo in Leven for Scottish Apprenticeship Week. It's fantastic to see these talented young people get such great on-site experience.
Supporting Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal 2017
I was delighted to support the Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal 2017. By backing this campaign, we can help support those suffering from terminal illnesses and their families, as well as the great volunteers and staff working to provide better end of life care.
East of Scotland European Consortium at the Scottish Parliament
On Wednesday 22nd February 2017, it was good to meet with Fife members of the East of Scotland European Consortium at an event at The Scottish Parliament last night highlighting vital importance of EU funds to the East of Scotland economy.
Carleton Primary School visit to Holyrood
Tuesday 21st February 2017
Disabled Access Day at Homelands Trust, Leven
Saturday 11th March 2017
Meeting Leonard Cheshire Disability
On Thursday 9th February 2017, it was a pleasure to meet Stuart Robertson, Director of Operations and Andrew Ewen, Public Affairs officer of Leonard Cheshire Disability. This brilliant organisation provides over 40 different services that support disabled people to live independent lives. Very much looking forward to visiting their Glenrothes unit in due course.
Pitcoudie Primary School P7s Q&A visit
Friday 3rd February 2017
Handing out First Chances certificates to pupils at Auchmuty High School
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Visit to Rathbone, Glenrothes
Tuesday 31st January 2017
SCFQ event at the Scottish Parliament
Thursday 26th January 2017
A92 Safety Campaign
Wednesday 25th January 2017
Addaction Leven Visit
Friday 20th January 2017
Meeting Glenrothes Marie Curie Fundraisers
I was so pleased to meet with members of the Marie Curie Glenrothes Fundraising Group on 5th December 2016 over a cup of tea at Robertson Fine Art Cafe to learn about the vital work they do to raise money to help care for people with terminal illnesses and their families. Last year alone more than £10,475 was raised in Fife.
Levenmouth Turbine visit
Friday 20th January 2017
SSPCA Puppy Exhibition
It was great to meet the SSPCA on Wednesday 21st December 2016 ahead of the Puppy Smuggling debate led by Emma Harper MSP. Lots of puppy cuddles for politicians. #AdoptDontShop
World Aids Day 2016
On Thursday 1st December 2016, I was pleased to meet with HIV Scotland CEO George Valiotis and community activists Cathy Crawford and Stephen Duffy in support of World Aids Day. The event aims to encourage people all over the world to remember the 35 million people who have died worldwide from AIDS-related illnesses, to prevent new cases of HIV and to stand in solidarity with people living with the virus.
Fife Teen Parent Forum visit with Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP
Monday 28th November 2016
Christmas Card Competition Winners at Thornton Primary School
Congratulations to Jamie Galloway, Thomas Smith and Amy Smith at Thornton Primary School for winning my Christmas Card competition! The results were announced on Friday 25th November 2016.
MSP & MP Surgery with Stephen Gethins MP
On Saturday 21st November 2016, I enjoyed sharing a dual-surgery with Stephen Gethins MP. A great chance for constituents to speak to both of us about their issues.
Ash Scotland Awards to A Life Explored & Fife College
On Tuesday 24th November 2017, I was delighted to have presented awards to A Life Explored, based in Glenrothes and Fife College. Both do brilliant work to help others stop smoking and are very worthy recipients of Ash Scotland Award of Excellence.
Visit to Cadham Pharmacy
Friday 18th November 2016
Work Shadowing at Sainsbury's Leven
Friday 18th November 2016
Glenrothes High School 50th celebrations
Monday 14th November 2016
Glenrothes War Memorial Sunday
Honoured to lay a Scottish Parliament wreath on Sunday 13th November 2016 at the Glenrothes War Memorial. Thanks to the Royal British Legion and to all the organisers for their efforts in putting together today's parade and service. We will remember them.
Visit to Glenwood High School Remembrance event
Friday 11th November 2016
Lead the Way Meeting with MSYPs
Tuesday 8th November 2016
Visit to Age Concern Glenrothes
Monday 7th November 2016
First Minister's Reading Challenge at Thornton Primary School
On 31st October 2016, I met Irene Johnson, headteacher of Thornton Primary School and saw first-hand all the fantastic progress that the school and its pupils are making with the First Minister's Reading Challenge.
Meeting the Glenrothes Salvation Army
On Wednesday 26 October 2016, I was delighted to visit Glenrothes Salvation Army - very impressed with the excellent work they do locally and nationally. Huge thanks to Jacqueline Robertson, Corps Commander and Major Steven Turner for showing me around the Church, Community Centre and and the Furniture Project.
Visit to Fife College at Levenmouth
On Monday 24th October 2016, I visited Fife College at the new Levenmouth Campus. The new facilities are outstanding and have been funded with £25million support from the Scottish Government.
Frontline Fife Visit
Tuesday 11th October 2016
At Formonthills with the Woodland Trust
Pretty awesome views! Thanks to Catherine, Jill & Charles from the Woodlands Trust for giving me a tour of Formonthills in Glenrothes on Tuesday 11th October 2016. As well as managing the woodland they rightly campaign for better protection for woods and trees. Informative visit given my remit as a fairly new member of Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform committee.
Meeting the Polish Consul General
On 7th October 2016, I was honoured to meet the Polish Consul General, the Marshal of Kujawsko, Pomorskie region of Poland and their colleagues ahead of their visit to Fife. Thanks to Maciej Dokurno, Chair of Fife Migrants Forum for the introductions.
Levenmouth Rail Campaign meeting at Parliament
On Friday 7th October 2016, I had an encouraging meeting with my colleague Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport & The Islands and campaigners for the Levenmouth Railway. Discussions are ongoing and the group has my full support. Thanks to Humza and Transport Scotland for taking the time to meet.
Glenwood High School at the Duke of Edinburgh Award reception
On 5th October 2016, it was lovely to meet with Glenwood High School pupils and headteacher Mr McNeil at the Duke of Edinburgh Award reception in the Scottish Parliament.
Preparing the Constituency Office
My Markinch constituency office in September, just before opening. Constituents can get in touch by calling 01592 764815.
Visit to SAMH in Glenrothes
Following my Member’s Business Debate on mental health education the day before, it was great to visit SAMH's Care at Home and Housing Support service in Glenrothes on 30th September 2016. SAMH provides vital support for mental health locally and I was delighted to meet with service users and staff at the accommodation.
Macmillan Coffee Morning
Friday 30th September 2016
Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee with Lord Krebs
On 29th September 2016, it was good to meet and take evidence from Lord Krebs at the Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee. I asked him a number of questions relating to climate change adaptation.
Visit to Markinch Biomass Plant
Tuesday 27th September 2016
Dropping the Puck at Fife Flyers
Dropping the puck to start the Fife Flyers vs Edinburgh Capitals game on Saturday 24th September 2016.
Showing Support for the Dogs Trust
I teamed up with Graeme Dey MSP on Wednesday 21st September 2016 to show our support for the Dogs Trust.
'Wear It Pink' for Breast Cancer Scotland
On Thursday 15th September, I was proud to ‘wear it pink’ for Breast Cancer Now Scotland, along with Mairi Evans and Gillian Martin. Delighted to support a charity, and a campaign, doing a brilliant job of raising awareness of breast cancer and raising funds for breast cancer research.
RBS Glenrothes Visit
On Tuesday 13th September 2016, I had a positive meeting with the Royal Bank of Scotland Glenrothes branch. Thanks to the Manager and staff for the tour & discussions.
Levenmouth Foodbank
On Tuesday 13th September 2016, I visited Levenmouth Foodbank with David Torrance MSP to see first-hand the work done by volunteers and to hear from organisers the issues being faced by those using their services.
Supporting the Hampden Snore
On 7th September 2016, I was delighted to add my support to the #hampdensnore taking place on 30th September. For one night only, people can SleepOut pitch-side at Hampden and help Bethany and Street Soccer prevent homelessness in Scotland. Every penny raised from the eventwent to Street Soccer and Bethany in this legacy event from the Homeless World Cup in July 2016.
Pink Saltire Reception
On Tuesday 6th September 2016, I was very pleased to host my first parliamentary reception at Holyrood on behalf of Pink Saltire. Cross Party MSPs listening and engaging with members of the LGBT+ community. Thanks to all in attendance. Pink Saltire doing excellent work as always.
Dears Pharmacy Visit
On Monday 29th August 2016, it was great to meet Naseem and the team at Dears Pharmacy Glenrothes today. The pharmacy are the Scottish finalist in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society I Love My Pharmacist competition.
Kingdom FM Local Hero Awards 2016
The KingdomFM Local Hero Awards were held on Friday 26th August. There was a fantastic showcase of some of the most caring and inspiring individuals from across Fife. I was delighted to see awards go to deserving people. It was great to be there for the lifetime achievement award being presented to my predecessor, the Right Honourable Tricia Marwick. She had no idea she would be receiving an award - keeping it a secret was no mean feat! A fantastic night!
Peekaboo Nursery Visit
On Friday 26th August 2016, I attended Peek-a-boo Nursery in Markinch to present them with a cheque for £500 from Kingdom FM for their winning entry in this year's hippo completion. Well done to the boys and girls who took part and my thanks to the staff for all the hard work they do.
Homelands Trust Visit with Stephen Gethins MP
On Friday 26th August 2016, I visited Homelands Accommodation in Lundin Links with Stephen Gethins MP. Homelands provide fantastic luxury accommodation in an idyllic location by the coast (see the views from my pictures!) for those with disabilities. It was a privilege to meet with Jan and Kimberly.
Visit to Marie Curie
On Friday 26th August, I met with Marie Curie in Glenrothes. It was awe inspiring to hear about the crucial work they do in palliative care to support individuals and families.
Diageo Leven Visit
On 23rd August 2016, I was delighted to welcome Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown to my constituency yesterday. We visited the Diageo Packaging Plant at Leven, which employs almost a thousand people from in and around Levenmouth. It was great to get the chance to meet with staff and be shown round the plant.
Glenrothes Art Club
Good to get along to the Glenrothes Art Club annual exhibition on Saturday 6th August 2016. The club marked its 61st year in 2016. The exhibition was a fantastic display of local talent at the Rothes Halls.
Queensferry Crossing
On Friday 29th July 2016, I visited the new Queensferry Crossing with Transport Scotland. It was a fantastic experience and I am indebted to the staff who took the time to take us out on the Forth, accompany us onto the platform and right up to the top of the North Tower. An awesome end to the week with views across the beautiful Kingdom of Fife.
Levenmouth Rail Campaign
Wednesday 27th July 2016
Visit to Citizens Advice and Rights Fife
Tuesday 26th July 2016
Visit to Dovecot Park Bolwing Club
On 26th July 2016, I visited Dovecot Park bowling club who were hosting weekly fun days for children throughout the summer. A great opportunity to meet volunteers and members, and also to try bowling out for myself.
Opening of Greens Markinch with Tricia Marwick
On Sunday 3rd July 2017, I was delighted to open Greens Markinch with my predecessor, Tricia Marwick, former MSP for the Mid Fife & Glenrothes and former Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament. A huge congratulations to Harris and the team: the new shop looks great and will be an excellent addition to the town.
Offical Opening of Parliament
On 2nd July 2016, I attended the official opening of the 5th session of the Scottish Parliament.
Glenrothes High School Awards Ceremony
Thursday 30th June 2016
Exit Community Centre Annual Summer Gala
On 26th June 2016, it was good to get along to the Exit Community Centre's annual summer gala. Met a wee pal from Bonnie Beasties, bumped into our very own Cllr Ross Vettraino & watched some fantastically talented young dancers. A brilliant day for it - well done to Sue & to all the Exit Centre volunteers for their hard work in putting today together.
Lundmill Primary School visit to Parliament
On 21st June 2016, it was fantastic to meet pupils from Lundinmill Primary School in Holyrood. I was extremely impressed by their political knowledge - a few aspiring MSPs in my midst I am quite sure! It was also lovely to see Mrs Urquhart, the Headteacher and Mrs Mowat, the Primary 7 teacher, who I met in 2013 through my work at Education Scotland. A really great school with insightful pupils & talented staff.
Collydean and Pitcoudie Primary Visits
Monday 20th June 2016
Glenrothes 10K Road Race 2016
Before & after the Glenrothes 10K Road Race on 19th June 2016! Thanks for all your kind donations to support the work of Home-Start in Glenrothes.
Remain Vote MSP Rally at the Scottish Parliament
On 16th June 2016, I was proud to take part in the cross-party rally of MSPs at the Scottish Parliament in support of a Remain vote at the European Union membership Referendum.
Lomond Court, Woodside Court & Balfarg Care Homes
On 12th June 2016, I enjoyed taking part in Care Home Open Day by visiting three local care homes in the constituency. I also met Sandra from the fantastic Glenrothes Fundraising Group for Marie Curie.
Home Start Glenrothes BBQ
The brilliant Home Start Glenrothes held a summer BBQ on Sunday 6th June 2016 at Community House. Fantastic afternoon and a good chance to catch up with SAMH.
Ladybird Nursery Glenrothes Summer Fete 2016
On Monday 6th June 2016, I enjoyed the Ladybird Nursery Glenrothes Summer Fete, and had a chance to meet some of the local firefighters.
Markinch Highland Games 2016
On Sunday 5th June 2016, I had a fantastic time at the Markinch Highland Games. The event was also a great opportunity to catch up with the Markinch Curling Club and the Markinch Heritage Group.
Gardening Scotland
Sunday 5th June 2016
North Glenrothes Community Council's Family Fun Day at Gilvenbank Park
On Saturday 4th June I popped along to North Glenrothes Community Council's Family Fun Day at Gilvenbank Park. A brilliant day and a chance to speak to Friends Of Glenrothes Foodbank (with delicious cakes!), Guide Dogs Scotland and Glenrothes Aeromodelling Club among others.
Leven Prom Fest
On Sunday 29th May, I was in Leven for the Prom Fest event organised by Leven Community Council. It was great to catch up with their chair, Ali Suttie, who I know has worked so hard - along with his team on the community council to make today such a success. Well done to all involved in organising and to the many businesses and local organisations I had the privilege to meet - particularly The Lemon Tree - Leven, Methil and District Sea Cadet Corps and volunteers from the MS Society Fife Branch. A great day for Leven.
GoGlenrothes Johnny Cash Drawing Competition
Great to get along to the GoGlenrothes Johnny Cash drawing competition on Saturday 28th May 2016 - a superb amount of artistic talent on display. Really looking forward to finding out who will be successful - particularly as Rosanne Cash is involved in the judging process. Best of luck to all entrants!
Visiting Home-Start in Glenrothes
It was great to meet the fantastic team at Home-Start in Glenrothes on Friday 27th May 2016 - a brilliant organisation which works to help support families.
First Constituent in Parliament
On May 23rd 2016 I was delighted to meet my first constituent in Holyrood on, Mr Ron Page, Chairman of North Glenrothes Community Council, local champion and - like me - a former Modern Studies teacher! Really looking forward to working with Ron and supporting our local community councils across Mid Fife & Glenrothes.
Congratulating Watson's of Leven
On Monday 16th May 2016, it was great to get along this morning to meet Rab Watson of Watson's of Leven, to congratulate them on winning the Scottish Black Pudding championships. Managed to collect some to sample myself.
Fife Science Festival 2016
On Saturday 14th May 2016, I was delighted to attend the first Fife Science Festival at Rothes Halls in Glenrothes. A fantastic event.
Sworn in as MSP for Mid Fife & Glenrothes
On 12th May 2016, I was officially sworn in as the MSP for Mid Fife & Glenrothes. Being elected by the people of Mid Fife & Glenrothes was an enormous honour.
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