Get your local MSPs to visit your shop!

Members in Scotland who want to build an influential new relationship with the politicians in their area can now access a great new opportunity courtesy of Scotland’s Town Partnership.

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Calling all towns! Scotland’s Towns Partnership is seeking interest from town centre managers, community groups, business organisations and other town stakeholders to host an MSP for the day in your town. 

To take part either as an MSP or a host, please register your interest with Alison Jones via alison@scotlandstowns.org.

For the third year running, Scotland’s Towns Partnership and the Cross Party Group for Towns and Town Centres are encouraging MSPs to take the opportunity during recess (1st July – 3rd September) to spend time in their local town.

We have now received interest from many MSPs to visit towns in their region or constituency, and by registering your interest to host, STP can put you in contact with an MSP to help you organise their visit.

This is a chance to show your local MSP around your town, highlighting issues and positive work being undertaken in the community. The visit may include a walk around, presentation, lunch, work experience or something a little more creative!

MSPs are welcome to take part by spending a day in their local area, connecting and sharing with local businesses and the community. We want to involve MSPs in this important campaign to celebrate and raise awareness of the opportunities and barriers our towns face. Scotland’s cities and small and rural towns and settlements are also welcome to take part.

John Scott MSP, Convenor of the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres, encouraged MSPs to get involved in this year’s programme, stating: 

“The majority of Scotland’s population lives in towns and smaller settlements. Vibrant towns are key to the prosperity and wellbeing of communities across the country, with each town having its own unique identity and history which should be recognised and celebrated.

I welcome the MSP Town Connector Programme as a positive initiative to raise the profile of our towns. I encourage MSPs to visit their local towns this recess in order to connect with local communities, to learn about current challenges and successes, and to discover all our towns and town centres have to offer”.

Spreading the word about your town

We would also like to see lots of tweets, photos and highlights from the visits to help us raise the profile of Scotland’s towns. By sharing your experiences with STP, we can disseminate these with the wider towns’ network and add to best practice examples for all to access. An online Storify report will summarise highlights from all of the visits!

STP along with the Cross Party Group on Towns and Town Centres are therefore keen to hear about the activity taking place in towns across Scotland and we would be delighted if you’d like to take part.

Join the discussion on Twitter @ScotlandsTowns #MSPTownTime.

To take part either as an MSP or a host, please register your interest with Alison Jones via alison@scotlandstowns.org.

To provide us with the necessary information and help with the organisation of your visit, please download our campaign toolkit here.