MSP welcomes NE pupils to Holyrood

Gillian Martin MSP with the Newburgh Mathers Primary School pupils
Gillian Martin MSP with the Newburgh Mathers Primary School pupils

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin was delighted to welcome children from Newburgh Mathers Primary School to the Scottish Parliament on Friday.

Ms Martin, a former pupil at the school, gave a tour of the building before taking questions from the students.

The Primary 6 and 7 pupils, along with their teachers, were in Edinburgh for the day and as well as being given a tour by Parliament staff.

They joined Ms Martin for a question and answer session and she let them all have a shot on the seat in the contemplation pod in her Holyrood office.

Ms Martin said: “It was heart-warming to see such interest from the children in how our parliament works. Democracy only functions if people participate in it, and if the questions asked by the pupils is any indication then our future is in fine hands.

“I had no notion when I was in their shoes that I would ever represent the area in which I grew up in parliament.

“Hopefully the visit has inspired the children to deepen their interest in our democracy and, who knows, maybe one of their number could be representing Aberdeenshire East in this building someday.”