Midlothian MP celebrates achievements of local hero Prof Sir Geoff Palmer in UK Parliament

Midlothian MP Owen Thompson celebrated local Professor Sir Geoff Palmer being awarded a Pride of Scotland Lifetime Achievement Award by tabling a parliamentary motion in his honour.

Tuesday, 13th July 2021, 8:54 am
Sir Geoff Palmer from Penicuik. Photo by Lisa Ferguson.

The Early Day motion notes the many achievements of Sir Geoff from Penicuik, both academically and through his powerful work as an educator on racial history and campaigner for human rights and racial justice.

Mr Thompson (SNP) said "I was thrilled to see Sir Geoff Palmer gain recognition at the Pride of Scotland Award. Sir Geoff was Scotland's first black Professor and has been a real trailblazer at whatever he puts his energy into, with groundbreaking contributions to Scottish society and to science. I was delighted to mark this at Westminster and I wish him well with his continued inspirational work."

Mr Thompson added: "Most recently, it's largely through Professor Sir Geoff's relentless efforts that the plaque for the Melville Monument will now better reflect his actions and attitudes towards the slave trade.

"A more honest narrative is needed about Scotland's history, as a crucial step on our journey to becoming a more inclusive and fair society. Professor Sir Geoff is helping make this happen."