Harleslee Primary School visit


Christina McKelvie MSP meets with Primary schools in Parliament



Larkhall’s Hareleeshill Primary School had their day in Parliament as the Primary 6 pupils were given a tour of the Scottish Parliament.


In addition to a tour, the pupils were put through their paces in a classroom session, learning more about the history of the parliament and the role of their local MSPs.


On hand for the day was local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie MSP, who gave an overview of her role as constituency MSP.

Christina, first elected in 2007 and re-elected as the constituency MSP since 2011, held a further question and answer session for the inquisitive pupils.

Commenting on the visit, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“It was an absolute joy to have the pupils of Hareleeshill Primary School in the Scottish Parliament and I thank them for taking the time to meet me.


“From parliamentary process to potholes, the pupils were certainly not holding anything back in with their questions to me!”

“It’s clear to see the hard work ethic, confidence and maturity of the pupils shining through. They are an absolute credit to their school and their community and it was a total pleasure to welcome them to national parliament.


Carer positive handover


MSP on hand to receive accreditation from Carers Scotland


Carers Scotland, the country’s leading national charity for those who care for a sick, elderly or disabled relative or partner, have praised Christina McKelvie MSP for being a carer positive employer.

Back by the Scottish Government, and administered by Carers Scotland, the Carer Positive Employer award recognises workplaces that go above and beyond to provide a flexible working environment for those with caring responsibilities.

Evidence from employers shows that supportive, inclusive and flexible working practices reduces staff turnover and absences whilst increasing productivity and commitment.

Christina McKelvie MSP was on hand in The Scottish Parliament to receive her Carer Positive Employer award from Director of Carers Scotland, Simon Hodgson.

Commenting on the award, Christina McKelvie MSP said:

“This award is a further example of the outstanding initiatives that Carers Scotland, backed by the Scottish Government, are doing to promote fair and decent work practices.

“I am delighted to be recognised as a Carer Positive Employer. Throughout my time as MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, I have constantly championed the benefit of fair work practices.

“It has been proven that by promoting fair work practices, whether that is being a living wage or Carer Positive Employer, can reduce staff turnover and improve productivity, morale and commitment.

“I would encourage all businesses throughout my constituency to contact Carers Scotland and see for themselves the innumerable benefits to becoming an accredited Carer Positive Employer.

Director of Carers Scotland, Simon Hodgson added:

“We are really pleased to recognise Christina McKelvie as a Carer Positive employer and very much welcome her support in raising awareness of the challenges faced by todays working carers.

“We look forward to working with Christina, as well as other MSPs, in promoting the benefits of carer friendly working practices and supporting local employers to participate in the Carer Positive initiative”.  

Christina and 112th Lanarkshire Cubs


112TH Lanarkshire Scouts meet with local MSP Christina McKelvie


Community work and environmental awareness was top of the agenda for the 112th Lanarkshire Scout Group as the cub division showcased their work to local MSP Christina McKelvie.

The group, based in Our Lady’s Chapel Hall in Hamilton, were busy working towards their Environmental Conservation Badge as they showed the Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP their garden project.

The visit to the group comes as part of Christina McKelvie’s partnership with Scouts Scotland to work towards the Youth Advocacy Award.

The Award, which demonstrates a commitment to continue to campaign on issues that impact on young people, involves the completing a range of tasks, including inviting the scout group for a tour of the Scottish Parliament.

Commenting on the visit, SNP MSP Christina McKelvie said:

“It was a sheer delight to meet with the cubs of the 112th Lanarkshire Scout Group and I thank them for showing me their outstanding work.

“I was thoroughly impressed with the real care the cub scouts have for their local community and I can’t wait to see their garden project bloom in the spring.

“The leaders and volunteers of the group deserve tremendous credit for instilling a real sense of pride and responsibility within the cubs.

“I wish them well and look forward to seeing them again soon as I work in partnership with Scouts Scotland for my own Youth Advocacy Award.

Commenting on the visit, Assistant Group Scout Leader of the 112th Lanarkshire Scout Group, Gary Ward added:


“It is great to see our local MSP visiting our group and speaking to the young people within the Cub section about their Environmental Conservation badge


“The positive impact that Scouting can have on a young person and volunteer is evident in so many ways and it is very encouraging to see Christina engaging with and promoting this.

“I hope that we will have further contact with Christina and members of the council in our work throughout the years to demonstrate the strong links that Scouting has with the people within our community.”