Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP introduces Parliament Days

 Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP visits meets students

The Parliament Day aims to take the Parliament out of Edinburgh.  It allows people to see the Parliament at work, be it ‘official’ Parliamentary business, or on a less formal level.

It provides an opportunity for people to meet everyone involved with the Parliament: Members, the Presiding Officer and the staff of the Parliament. 

The Parliament Day is at the heart of the Parliament’s engagement strategy for its fourth session.  There will be up to three Parliament Day events held a year and it is hoped that a Parliament Day will have been held in all eight Scottish Parliament regions by the end of the current session.

The Parliament Day seeks to take the Parliament into communities around Scotland, inspiring local people to take an interest in and engage directly in the work of their Parliament.

For each Parliament Day, there will be a variety of opportunities for local people to engage with the Parliament:

  • MSP sessions in local schools
  • Presiding Officer visits to community groups and projects
  • workshops highlighting how people can get involved with their Parliament
  • networking receptions
  • and more.

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Image of Dumbarton Castle


The next Parliament Day will be in Dumbarton on 24th February 2014

Arbroath Abbey. Aaron Bell / Wikimedia Commons


The fourth Parliament Day was held in Arbroath on November 4th 2013.

Stirling Castle


The third Parliament Day was held in Stirling on June 21st 2013.

Stornoway Harbour


The second Parliament Day took place in Stornoway on 15th March 2013.

Heart of Hawick


The first Parliament Day was held in Hawick on November 4th and 5th 2012.