The search is on for a Local Hero in the Rutherglen Constituency who has made a positive difference to the lives of others.

At the beginning of every new Scottish Parliament session, every MSP is asked to nominate one of their constituents who have made an extraordinary contribution to the lives of other people living in Scotland locally or nationally.

Those selected by their MSP will be invited to contribute to the Parliament’s Opening Ceremony, an event which will take place in early October to formally mark the new session of the Parliament.

This year there is a particular focus on those that have made an impact as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Previous Local Heroes have taken part in the opening ceremonies of the Scottish Parliament in 2007, 2011 and 2016.

Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Alison Johnstone MSP said:

“As parliamentarians we have all heard directly of the difficult circumstances that many people in our communities have faced because of this pandemic. But alongside this, we have heard so many uplifting stories of people and communities coming together to protect those most vulnerable.

“As we begin this new session of Parliament, we are filled with renewed purpose, hope and determination to make things better for people in Scotland. Therefore, it is fitting that we can use this occasion to tell the story of those across Scotland who have provided that optimism for others.”

Beginning the local search, local MSP Clare Haughey said:

“I know many people across the Rutherglen Constituency have given their time and energy selflessly during a very difficult and challenging time – often without recognition.

“Together with my fellow MSPs, we want to celebrate the achievements of our Local Heroes across every constituency and region in Scotland as part of the Opening Ceremony.

“I am really looking forward to receiving nominations for our Local Hero perhaps from their friends, family or work colleagues, maybe even from potential Local Heroes themselves. If you’ve got a good suggestion, please get in touch.”

To nominate a Local Hero, please email Clare Haughey MSP on clare.haughey.msp@parliament.scot. Deadline for nominations is Friday 20th August.

The nominee must live in the Rutherglen Constituency, which covers Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Halfway, and Blantyre.


Date published: 27th July 2022

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