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SNP MSP partners with Inclusion Scotland to encourage inclusive employment

SNP MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie, has joined forces with Inclusion Scotland to seek a parliamentary intern.

Inclusion Scotland, the national network for disabled organisations and disabled people in Scotland, has partnered with the South Lanarkshire MSP to look for a candidate to work within the MSPs busy constituency and parliamentary office.

Christina, who convenes the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, was contacted by Inclusion Scotland with the goal to increasing employment opportunities for those who are disabled.

The internship will last a period of 12-weeks full time (or longer on a part-time basis) and will be paid at the Scottish National Living Wage of £8.45 an hour.

Commenting on the internship, Christina said:

“Through my work with the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, I have seen first-hand the barriers that have been put in place for disabled people seeking work, employment or experience.

“It’s incumbent upon us all to break down these barriers – which is exactly what this internship will help to achieve.

“Inclusion Scotland do tremendous work in acting on behalf of disabled people throughout Scotland. I am delighted to have joined forces with Inclusion Scotland to welcome the new intern to my team.”

Commenting on the internship programme, Inclusion Scotland CEO, Dr Sally Witcher added:

“We are pleased to have secured the support of the Scottish Government to resume our highly successful programme of cross-party Parliamentary internships for disabled people.

“This program is one of our strands of work aiming to bring about more inclusive politics and employment. We are delighted that Christina McKelvie MSP has agreed to be one of our placement hosts.”

You can apply for the Inclusion Scotland Internship with Christina McKelvie MSP here:



Christina Pledge for Catalonia



MSP calls for ‘free and fair’ democratic referendum


The question of the Catalonian referendum was raised in the Scottish Parliament this week as Christina McKelvie MSP called for a ‘free and fair’ democratic referendum upon the region.

The call comes after news that the Spanish Government has seized control of the finances of Catalonia and that Guardia Civil officers have arrested 12 senior Catalan officials, including the secretary general of economic affairs, Josep Maria Jové.

In a Scottish Government debate regarding Dignity, Equality and Human Rights for all, Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse MSP Christina McKelvie called for united Scottish Parliament agreement that the Catalonian referendum should be respected.

Speaking in the debate, Christina commented:

“In Scotland, we have the right to self-determination: I pledge my support to the Catalan people and their right to self-determination in a referendum that is free from interference. I hope that my colleagues in the chamber will do the same.

Adding after the debate, the MSP said:

“The right to liberty and self-determination is universal and unquestionable. What we are seeing from the Spanish Government is a crackdown on that liberty, eroding the UN Charter in the process.

“The 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum and the Edinburgh Agreement which proceeded it should be used as a successful template of the democratic process.

“As a nation, we were able to democratically debate and discuss ideas – Yes and No – on what kind of country Scotland could be.  

“I pledge that same democratic support to the Catalan people so that they too can decide upon a Government that best reflects the will of their people.” 

Wear it pink 2017


Christina McKelvie MSP wears it pink in parliament in aid of Breast Cancer Now

Christina McKelvie MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, pulled on some eye-catching pink clothes at the Scottish Parliament to encourage constituents to take part in the UK’s biggest, brightest and pinkest fundraiser, wear it pink, on Friday 20 October.

Wear it pink is back for its 16th year, calling on supporters across the country to add a flash of pink to their wardrobe for the day and raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving breast cancer research.

Christina, who has consecutively sponsored the event within the Scottish Parliament, joined fellow parliamentarians in Holyrood to encourage people across Scotland to get involved and help support Breast Cancer Now’s efforts to ensure that, by 2050, everyone who develops breast cancer will live.

Wear it pink is now in its 16th year, with the annual fundraising campaign raising a staggering total of £30 million to date for Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research.  Anyone can take part, whether at work, at home or at school. All you have to do is wear something pink and donate what you can.

Commenting, Christina McKelvie MSP said:

“Every year, I am delighted to welcome Breast Cancer Now back to the Scottish Parliament, so we can fight, research, raise money and raise awareness of breast cancer.

“Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in Scotland - unfortunately most people know of someone affected by this terrible disease. Every year around 4,600 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and almost 1,000 people will die of it.  

“Wear it pink is an important opportunity to stand together and support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. I would like to urge local people across my constituency to join me by wearing it pink on Friday 20 October and show their support for Breast Cancer Now.”

Breast Cancer Now’s Director for Scotland, Mary Allison, said:

“As the UK’s largest breast cancer research charity we are dedicated to funding the brightest minds to look into ways to save more lives from the disease. Our ambition is that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live – and live well.

“Wear it pink is an important element in driving funds that will help us to achieve our vision and I’m delighted that MSPs are coming together again this year to support us.  Their continued involvement means a lot.

“Breast cancer is not a done deal.  More Scots are being diagnosed with the disease and almost 1,000 people a year in Scotland still die from breast cancer. 

“We need action now. By bringing everyone together we will find new ways to detect, prevent and treat breast cancer for all of those affected by this disease.”

Sign up to wear it pink on Friday 20 October to support Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving research. For more information or to register, visit www.wearitpink.org.