SCPO meet in the Scottish Parliament for its first meeting of the new parliamentary session. Pictured with the group are MSPs Jeremy Balfour and John Mason.
The work of SCPO has been praised by MSPs after its first meeting of the new session was held in the Scottish Parliament last month.
The SCPO meeting in September also invited MSPs to drop in, and Jeremy Balfour MSP, Margaret Mitchell MSP, Murdo Fraser MSP and John Mason MSP were visiting guests. Following the meeting, host Jeremy Balfour MSP lodged a parliamentary motion congratulating the work of SCPO in bringing churches and political representatives together since the office’s inception in 1999.
Motion S5M-01641: Jeremy Balfour, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2016
Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office
That the Parliament recognises the work of the Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office (SCPO) and its ecumenical role in creating connections between churches across Scotland and their political representatives; notes that the SCPO recently held its first meeting of the current parliamentary session in the Parliament, which was hosted by Jeremy Balfour, at which MSPs attended; congratulates the office for the work that it has undertaken since 1999 in maintaining good relationships between churches and MSPs, and hopes that this will continue for many years to come.
Supported by: Liz Smith, Miles Briggs, Iain Gray, David Stewart, Richard Lyle, Jamie Greene, Pauline McNeill, Edward Mountain, Alexander Stewart, Alison Harris, Donald Cameron, Oliver Mundell, Ben Macpherson, Peter Chapman, Douglas Ross, Murdo Fraser, John Scott, Alexander Burnett, Angus MacDonald, Margaret Mitchell, Maurice Corry, Finlay Carson
A previous motion congratulating the Meet Your MSP project from the SCPO lodged by Stewart Stevenson MSP on 29 June 2016 can be viewed here