Cathy and Patrick Harvie at the launch of the Active Travel Inquiry
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie is now Labour’s Scottish Parliament spokesperson on Climate Change, following a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle.
Cathy said that she is looking forward to the challenge of her new role.
“Having been very involved with the Scottish Parliament’s Climate Change Bill, which has been recognised internationally for the strength of its provisions, I am now keen to ensure that the legislation translates into equally strong action by Scottish Government, local authorities and other public bodies, working with civic organisations, businesses and the people of Scotland.”
She will also continue as Deputy Convener of the Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, which has just launched an Inquiry into Active Travel.
Michael Connarty MP, Cathy Peattie MSP and Cllr Adrian Mahoney with the Grangepans Postmaster
Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie and her colleagues Michael Connarty MP and Cllr Adrian Mahoney are asking Grangepans residents to make their voices heard in opposition to the proposed closure of Grangepans PO.
As well as encouraging people to submit individual letters to the post office consultation, they are distributing a survey to try to identify those who will be most seriously affected if they are unable or have difficulty using the central Bo’ness post office.
“The Grangepans Post Office is at the heart of the local community,” said Cathy. “It is important that the elderly, disabled, young families and carers, many of whom cannot readily travel to Bo’ness town centre, are able to access their own local Post Office in Grangepans. I urge local residents to register their opposition to this proposed closure by completing our survey and writing directly to the post office.”
Michael Connarty said that “The local postmaster is opposed to the closure and has welcomed our campaign. In a small number of cases, the decision has been revoked and the post office has remained open as a result of the public consultation. The Post Office can be influenced by people showing that closure would cause hardship or if they have overlooked prospects for local business.”
Councillor Adrian Mahoney pledged his support and said,”Grangepans Post Office provides a vital service to the local community. It is terrible that this facility is under threat. I hope local people will oppose any attempt to close this service.”
School-pupil Jonathon Miller joined Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie at the Scottish Labour Party conference in Aviemore, accompanying her on his accordion when she sang the traditional close-of-conference anthem, ‘The Red Flag’ (photograph attached).
His participation was organised by the Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland.
Jonathon, aged 16, has the eye condition anarida, which means he was born without an iris. He is from Bishopbriggs and is a pupil of the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.
His mother Eileen said: “Jonathon only began learning to play the accordion last year but it has become his passion. We’re very proud of him playing in front of so many people.”
Jonathon said: “It’s the first time I’ve played the accordion in public. I took up the accordion because of my interest in Scottish country music, and the fact that my music teacher at school played this instrument and said he’d give me lessons.”
“This performance delivered a very important message to our conference,” said Cathy, who was Convener of the Equal Opportunities Committee between 2003 and 2007.
“The message is about looking beyond the disability people with sight loss experience to also understanding their abilities. I very much support this.”