Da Vinci Stamps

02.19 Da Vinci StampsThe Royal Mail launched its Leonardo da Vinci stamp issue at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and I had the opportunity to attend along with my colleague Alison Thewliss MP.

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death, Kelvingrove Art Gallery will display 12 of the artist’s “finest” drawings from the Queen’s Royal Collection from February until May 2019.

Highlights of the exhibition in Glasgow include A star-of- Bethlehem and other plants c.1506-12 and the anatomy of a bear’s foot, c.1488-90.

The exhibition will run until 6 May 2019.

Fuel Poverty

A bill outlining new measures to tackle fuel poverty was debated in Parliament this week.

MSPs were asked to agree to the general principles of the Fuel Poverty (Target, Definition and Strategy) (Scotland) Bill, which has three main aims.

The first to set a target that, by 2040, no more than 5% of Scottish households are in fuel poverty with the second to establish a new definition of fuel poverty that better aligns fuel poverty with relative income poverty. Third, the Bill ensures that a new, long term Fuel Poverty Strategy be prepared, published and laid before Parliament – a draft of which has already been published and can be found here https://www.gov.scot/publications/draft-fuel-poverty-scotland-2018/ 

Cairngorms

02.19 CairngormIt was great to meet up with representatives from the Cairngorms National Park.

This National Park is absolutely stunning. We are extremely lucky to have such a rich and varied natural environment not far from our urban centres. I can remember taking the funicular railway and when we reached the top I was completely overwhelmed by the amazing view and Scotland’s utter natural beauty.

The Cairngorms are currently consulting on their Local Development Plan which can be found at https://cairngorms.co.uk/consultation/proposed-plan/

Brexit

A ‘No Deal’ Brexit could have a dramatic impact on Scotland’s economy, with the potential for national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to fall by up to 7%, according to a new report by the Scottish Government’s Chief Economist.

The paper, ‘No Deal’ Brexit – Economic Implications for Scotland, sets out two potential ’No Deal’ scenarios, one of which would see short term disruption to supply chains lasting for a number of months, with the second scenario looking at an extended period of disruption.

You can read the full report here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/deal-brexit-economic-implications-scotland/

Dippy

02.19-dippy-dinosaur-e1550767568189.jpgFor those of you not familiar with Dippy he’s currently on tour from London and I’m photographed (again!) with my colleague Alison Thewliss MP checking him out.

Dippy is the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton and part of his roadtrip includes stopping off at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. He arrived at Kelvingrove on 22 January and will remain there until 6 May 2019.

Dippy is on a mission… to inspire five million natural history adventures, encouraging families to explore the incredible natural history collections and biodiversity right on our doorstep in Glasgow.

Consultations

I thought I would remind everyone about the opportunity offered by the Scottish Government to provide submissions to their consultations.

Please go to https://consult.gov.scot/consultation_finder/?sort_on=iconsultable_enddate&sort_order=ascending&advanced=1&st=open#cs-finder-results-container where you can access all consultations currently open.

Whales

02.19 Whales and DolphinsRepresentatives from Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) were in Parliament this week highlighting their incredible work.

WDC works throughout Scotland, campaigning for greater protection of Scotland’s whales and dolphins.

They conduct field research, train local community groups, assist with strandings and run education initiatives from their Scottish Dolphin Centres in the Moray Firth (at Spey Bay and North Kessock).

More than 20 species of whale, dolphin and porpoise are found in the waters around Scotland and it is the best place in the UK to see a number of our whales and dolphins.

You can find out more about their work here: https://uk.whales.org/whales-and-dolphins

LGBT History Month

02.19 LGBT History MonthFebruary is LGBT History Month and on the last Friday of the month we celebrate Purple Friday – a day to stand against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and show our support for LGBTI equality.

In Scotland we celebrate Purple Friday in support of LGBT Youth Scotland. This day is all about taking action; standing for equality and inclusion and helping us make Scotland the best place for LGBTI young people to grow up.

The theme for 2019 is CATALYST: 50 years of activism. This theme marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprisings in New York in 1969, and the birth of the modern Pride movement.

Find out more here: https://www.lgbtyouth.org.uk/get-involved/campaigns/purple-friday-2019/

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