MSP in praise of local groups

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Midlothian MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) was recently “delighted” to welcome representatives from three community organisations to the Scottish Parliament.

The visitors – Irene Hogg and Paula Jackson of Loanhead Community Learning Centre; Sharon Stoddart and Ali Grant from Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 Project; and Jane Holden and Tina Pollock representing First Steps Community Project in Musselburgh – attended First Minister’s Questions earlier this month and were personally congratulated by Mr Beattie for their work in his constituency.

The MSP told the Advertiser: “I was thrilled to have these groups into the Parliament and get to thank them for all they contribute to our communities.”

Of Loanhead Community Learning Centre, Mr Beattie said he was “so impressed” by the activities it offers and its engagement with the community.

Mr Beattie commented that the Mayfield and Easthouses Youth 2000 project was “one of the finest” youth-focused organisations with which he had had the pleasure to work.

He added that he was “so pleased” the group had taken on the responsibility of gardening services in Midlothian.