Events

Throughout January, February and March 2017 the Commission headed out around Scotland to hear from the people the Scottish Parliament serves.

We have held a number of formal meetings where we heard how the Scottish Parliament may improve. Alongside these we have hosted events that were open for anyone with an interest in how Parliament operates to come along to. Please click on the events below for more information:

The Commission also participated in meetings and events throughout Scotland, providing further opportunities for the people to shape how Parliament operates. The list below provides an example of the organisations whose events we were involved with.

  • Colleges Scotland – Read the summary note of discussions here.
  • Peebles Community Council – Read the summary note here.
  • Parliamentary Study Group – Read the summary note here.

Gallery of Events

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Inclusion Scotland hosted an event where John McCormick, Pam Duncan-Glancy and Lorna Hood spoke with disabled people about their experiences engaging with the Scottish Parliament. Read the discussion note here.

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Katie Burke and John McCormick ran a workshop with members of the Scottish Youth Parliament. Read the discussion note here

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Katie Burke and Lorna Hood met with members of the SCVO Intermediaries Network. Read the note of discussions here

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Commission member the Very Rev. Dr Lorna Hood speaking to delegates at the International Women’s Day Conference at the Scottish Parliament.

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John McCormick and Johann Lamont MSP meeting with participants on the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights (CRER) political shadowing scheme. Read the discussion note here.

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Commission member Lorna Hood held a workshop at the ACOSVO Members day in Edinburgh. Read the note of the discussions here.

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John Finnie MSP hearing from people at Voluntary Action Lochaber. Read the discussion notes here.

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Voluntary Action East Renfrewshire organised an event in Barrhead where the Commission heard how people felt about the Parliament. Read the discussion note here.

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Professor Boyd Robertson hearing from people in Sleat, Isle of Skye. Read the discussion note here.

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People from Easterhouse attended our event at The Bridge to tell us their views on the Scottish Parliament. Read the discussion notes here

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The Commission ran a workshop during a community empowerment event in Arrochar. Read the discussion note here.

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Pupils from Galashiels Academy presented the Commission with their ideas how the Scottish Parliament can engage with people. Read the summary note here.

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Members of the Commission spoke with people attending a CEMVO Scotland event. Read the discussion note here.

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John McCormick speaking with people at a YouthLink Scotland event in Pollok Community Centre. Read the summary note of discussions here.

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John McCormick and Geoff Mawdsley met with people at the Aberdeen CVO event. Read the note of discussions here.

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John McCormick meeting with Dame Anne Begg. Read the discussion notes here.

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North East Scotland Chief Executive Forum met with the Chair of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, John McCormick. Read the discussion notes here.

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John McCormick met with a group from Cyrenians to discuss how the Scottish Parliament can better engage with young people. Read the summary note of discussion here.

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John Finnie MSP and John McCormick speaking at the Scotdec run ‘Political Literacy’ course held in the Scottish Parliament. Read the summary note of discussions here.

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We met with the Dumfries and Galloway Multicultural Association to hear about what the Scottish Parliament means to them and how it can better engage with them. Read the summary note of discussions here.

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People and groups from in and around Inverness came and spoke with the Commission on how Parliament can better engage with them at a workshop in the Town House. Read the summary note of discussions here.

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John McCormick and Geoff Mawdsley met with Sir George Reid, Professor David Bell and Bristow Muldoon from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Read the discussion note here.

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Fiona McLeod talking with the National Parents Forum of Scotland at their meeting. Read the summary note of discussions here.

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Commission Chair John McCormick meeting with officials from Scottish Environment LINK. Read the summary note of discussions here.

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John McCormick, Chair of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, meeting with MSPs from the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

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John McCormick, Chair of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, meeting with MSPs from the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

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John McCormick speaking at the “Your Parliament Your Voice” event held with those who engage frequently with the Scottish Parliament. Read the summary note of discussions here.

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The Commission talked with former MSPs at a Parliamentary event. Read the Summary note of discussions here.

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John McCormick and Fiona McLeod speaking with the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee – Link to the Official Report of the meeting is here.

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John McCormick, Chair of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, and Fiona McLeod, Commission Member, meeting with MSPs from the Scottish National Party.

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John McCormick and Fiona McLeod met with the Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, the Rt Hon. David Carter. Read the Summary note of discussions here.

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The Very Rev. Dr Lorna Hood talking with Engage Renfrewshire. Read the summary note of discussions here.

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John McCormick, Chair of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, speaking with MSPs from the Scottish Labour Party.

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Geoff Mawdsley welcomes Scottish Parliament staff to a workshop event. Read the summary note of discussions here.

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John McCormick, Chair of the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, meeting the MSPs from the Scottish Green Party.

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John McCormick met with older people at an event organised by Vibrant Communities, East Ayrshire. Read the summary note of discussion here.