Attitudes and Internal Processes Must Change to Give BAME Candidates the Chance They Deserve.

My name is Dr Nighet Riaz and I am the equality officer for the SNP Pollokshields branch in Glasgow Scotland. I also hold a post of Approved Assessor, and have acted as a panel member on vetting panels to support applicants through the process to be considered as potential candidates in current and future elections, …

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COSLA takes on abuse in public debate

UK Local Government Associations: Joint Statement on Civility in Public Life. The intimidation and abuse of Councillors, in person or otherwise, undermines democracy; it can prevent elected members from representing the communities they serve, prevent individuals from standing for election and undermine public trust in democratic processes. These harmful behaviours, whether occurring towards, between or …

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It’s time for fair family leave policy for our councillors – Kelly Parry

Two years ago, almost to the day I sat in the Council Chambers in Midlothian moving a motion on maternity leave for Councillors. I was 6 months pregnant by then, and at that point had literally no idea how I was going to have time to give birth (!). My motion passed and Midlothian became …

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Tackling Sexual Harassment in Politics

This blog is from Alison Johnstone MSP, Scottish Greens Lothian MSP and a representative on the Women 50:50 steering group: In June last year a report, produced by the Scottish Parliament’s Standard’s Committee, into sexual harassment at the Scottish Parliament, called for urgent action.  The report made several recommendations including mandatory training to encourage “positive …

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