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Takeover: MSPs meet Forth Ports union

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie, and her Mid Scotland and Fife colleague John Park, have met with Unite officials to discuss the bid by the Northstream consortium for control of Forth Ports.
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The Future of the Arts in Scotland

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie, who is Convener of the Cross Party Group on Culture & Media, has tabled a motion drawing attention to the criticisms of current plans for the arts in Scotland made in a letter signed by 440 people.

Commenting on the motion, Cathy said:

“The problem is not Creative Scotland as originally conceived, but the way in which the plans have been developed by the current Scottish Government, with important aspects being diminished or dropped. For example, as the letter notes, the current proposals ignore cultural entitlements, and setting up Creative Scotland clearly needs additional expenditure, but funding is being squeezed. Ultimately this will be at the expense of our arts and culture.

“We are being asked to believe that the cut-down cut-price version will be an improvement, but the 440 people who have signed this letter have looked carefully and dislike what they see. I don’t think it’s too late to sort the problems, but we can only do so if the Scottish Government stops ignoring them, takes on board the criticisms, addresses the funding issues and works to build an arts organisation that is more in tune with artistic communities, recognises cultural entitlements and expands public access and involvement in our arts and culture.”

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MSPs reported missing

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has tabled a motion calling on the Scottish Parliament to address the issue of 21 missing women MSPs.

Cathy explained that “this year’s Equality and Human Rights Commission report looks at the underrepresentation of women amongst senior public sector posts.

“There are very few senior women police officers or judges. Less than one in seven Scottish MPs are women. The Scottish Parliament does slightly better, but even here, numbers fell at the last election. Labour has 50% women MSPs – but other parties remain male dominated, with the SNP and Tories both less than 30% and the Liberals only 12.5%. Add to that, two Green men and Margo Macdonald, and the total is 45 women, less than 35% of the 129 MSPs..

“The report looks at how many women are missing – that is, how many more would have positions if there were equality. So for example, there are 130 women missing from public appointments, and 85 missing women headteachers in secondary schools. In parliament, we are missing 10 SNP, 6 Liberal Democrats, 4 Conservatives, and a Green – 21 women MSPs.

“This year is the 90th anniversary of women getting the vote, and eighty years since full equality in voting was achieved, but we are still far from equal in the political process.

“I believe that politicians have a duty to address the underrepresentation of women, not least in their own parties. I hope MSPs – men and women – will sign this motion and that we can get a debate in parliament, but it must not end there. We need to be proactive in making sure women are fairly represented and given truly equal opportunities in their careers.”

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