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May 2017

There are big changes in Fife this month with the election of a new Fife Council administration. My congratulations to all elected Councillors. My office continues to assist many constituents with local council issues, and I look forward to working with the new administration to serve my constituents.

While the news continues to be dominated by elections and opinion polls, those of us in the Scottish Parliament are still focussed on the "day job". I was particularly proud to speak about my experiences in education this month. My career in teaching was a fantastic experience and I'd always encourage more people into the profession.

Yours for Scotland,
Jenny Gilruth MSP
MSP for Mid Fife & Glenrothes
Social Media
New MSP Instagram
I'm always keen on finding new ways to connect with constituents. Along with my Facebook and Twitter accounts, this month I've launched a brand new Instagram account where I'll be sharing photos of my MSP activities.

If you're interested in seeing what I get up to, you can follow my new account at:

In the Constituency
Presenting Awards at Glenrothes Rotary Club
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.

It was a brilliant evening with lots of outstanding achievements.
Well done to all the young people, and well done to the Rotary Club for holding such a fantastic local initiative which runs every year.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
Mon 8th - Sun 14th May
Mental health issues are just as important as other health issues, and we need to be aware of and prepared to talk about them.

A new report from the Mental Health Foundation states that women, young people, workers on low incomes, and people living alone or in large households are more likely to experience mental health issues than others.
I was proud that my first Member's Debate in Parliament last September focussed on Mental Health education in schools. In March, the Scottish Government published its Mental Health Strategy for the next 10 years, with plans to recruit 800 new Mental Health workers and a funding pledge of £300million. I’d encourage all of my constituents to be aware of the need to take care of their mental health, and to help end the stigma by talking about these issues openly with their friends, family and colleagues.
Walk to School Week 2017
Mon 15th - Fri 19th May

As part of National Walking Month, the annual Walk to School Week promoted by Living Streets is a great way for children to stay active. While recognising that some students may be too far away for walking to be practical, I'd encourage all of my youngest constituents to stay healthy by walking to school where possible.
National Digital Learning Week 2017
Mon 15th - Sun 21st May

National Digital Learning 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 new learning. I'd encourage everyone to give digital learning a try.

Planning Permission refused for Finglassie Biomass Plant
I am pleased that the proposed 19.8MW Biomass plant near Finglassie has been refused planning permission by Fife Council. I believe this is the right decision. A considerable number of residents contacted me with their concerns in recent weeks, and I have been liaising with Fife Council on their behalf.

It’s clear that the voice of the public has been heard, and I applaud Fife Council for taking this decision.

In Parliament
Education: Teacher Training Debate
On Wednesday 17th, I took part in a debate on Teacher Training in Scotland. I spoke about my placement at Jordanhill, Strathclyde University's teacher training campus, and how my fellow students were motivated to teach to "make a difference" in young people's lives.

In particular, I stressed that while the Scottish Government must ensure teacher training is of the highest standard possible, the push for reform must not come at the expense of the morale of those working hard in the system right now. You can see my speech in full here.
BBC Politics Scotland
It was great to take part in BBC Politics Scotland and to be interviewed by Gordon Brewer on Wednesday 10th May. It's always a highlight of the day to so some television.

You can see my full interview on BBC iPlayer at:
Scotland Malawi Partnership

I was very interested to learn about the Scotland Malawi Partnership promoting the UN Global Goals for sustainable development. It's great to see the focus on so many sustainable development issues, and I'm proud that Scotland is playing its part on the international stage.
High Hedges Legislation

As part of the Parliament's Local Government & Communities Committee, I am looking at the management of high hedges. Constituents have previously complained about overgrown hedges, as some have sought to find ways around the existing legislation. The committee is studying the existing bill to ensure the current regulations are effective.
Parliamentary Questions

I have taken part in a number of Parliamentary debates this month. In particular, I asked the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Shona Robison MSP, about the safety of patient data following the recent "cyber attacks". I have been reassured that no patient data has been compromised, the NHS Fife systems are secure, and that all necessary steps are being taken to protect patient data.
Parliamentary Motions

In my role as an MSP, I lodge a number of Parliamentary motions each month to congratulate achievements within the constituency. This month, I lodged motions on the following:
  • S5M-05460: Motion to congratulate Fife Heritage Railway in Leven on restoring and exhibiting a NSB 5010 guard van.
  • S5M-05462: Motion  to congratulate Fife Employment Access Trust on being awaded a £5,000 Discovery Grant by the Santander Foundation to run mindfulness courses for people with mental health issues.
  • S5M-05463: Motion to congratulate Parkhill Primary School  on launching its new School Travel Plan.
  • S5M-05461: Motion to congratulate Action Zone in Leven on achieving Word Host Recognised Business status.
  • S5M-05523: Motion to congratulate Dr Kerri Baker from NHS Fife on winning the Clinical Award at the NHS Fife Achievement Awards 2017.
  • S5M-05605: Motion to welcome Walk to School Week 2017.
  • S5M-05679: Motion to congratulate the newly-appointed Deputy Provost of Fife, Julie Ford.
  • S5M-05680: Motion to congratulate the newly-appointed Co-Leader of Fife Council, David Alexander.
  • S5M-05749: Motion to welcome local support from the ASDA Green Token Giving Fund in Glenrothes.
  • S5M-05750: Motion to congratulate Glenrothes Boxing Club champions at the Scottish Elite Boxing Championships.
  • S5M-05751: Motion to congratulate Agnes Whyte from Leven on being awarded an MBE for her outstanding charity and campaigning work on lung health.
  • S5M-05874: Motion to congratulate the winners at the Rotary Club of Glenrothes Awards.
  • S5M-05875: Motion to welcome the installation of new defibrillators at Fife College campuses, a project led by Fife College Student's Association.
Constituency Surgeries in June
If there are any issues which you feel I may be able to help you with, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at one of my constituency surgeries.
Friday 12th June
Sainsbury's Leven
10am - 11am

Monday 19th June
Constituency Office, Commercial Street, Markinch
10am - 12noon

Monday 26th June
Rothes Halls, Glenrothes
11am  - 12noon

If you aren't able to come along, please contact my office on 01592 764815 or 0131 348 5792. Alternatively, I can also be reached by email at:
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