Public engage with Parliament Day

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The people of Arbroath had the chance to engage with the Scottish Parliament face to face this week during the visit of a senior politician.

As part of Parliament Day on Monday presiding officer Tricia Marwick MSP visited the town to find out about the grassroots issues affecting voters.

Traditional treat: Presiding officer Tricia Marwick MSP and Graeme Dey MSP sampled fresh smokies from Iain R. Spink (right).

Traditional treat: Presiding officer Tricia Marwick MSP and Graeme Dey MSP sampled fresh smokies from Iain R. Spink (right).

The presiding officer, accompanied by Graeme Dey MSP, toured the town meeting with the general public and visiting significant sites such as Mackays Boatyard, Angus Training Group, Dundee and Angus College and even got to try a traditional smokie freshly prepared by Iain R. Spink at Auchmithie.

The MSP for Glenrothes explained the reasoning behind the visit. She said: “Our Parliament Day is when we bring Parliament out of Edinburgh itself into the communities so that they can better understand what the parliament does and we can better understand what their cares and concerns are.

“I think one of the main issues is the difference between the parliament and the government, that the parliament is not the government and what we’ve been trying to do is trying to encourage people to engage with us in the Scottish parliament, whether through our public petitions committee or in evidence sessions and the like.”