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Central Scotland’s first Green MSP wants to hear from constituents

Central Scotland’s first Green MSP has promised that she will be there for all her constituents.

Gillian Mackay was elected to the Central Scotland list in May, becoming the region’s first Green MSP.

Now six weeks into her new role, Gillian has urged constituents to come to her for whatever help they need.

Originally from Grangemouth, Gillian was previously a staffer for the Greens and was a campaign support officer for the Lothian region.

The new MSP told Lanarkshire Live: “Having worked in and around the Parliament for some time, I have an understanding of how it all works.

“But it is very different being in the chamber and voting, making speeches, etc.

“I have been quite busy though, in the first six weeks I have made around eight or nine speeches in the chamber and have been starting on committees too.”

Gillian is the Scottish Greens spokesperson for health and social care, topics close to her heart. She has said that she would like to see a National Care Service introduced.

“I am very passionate about care staff receiving fairer treatment and pay. The pandemic has only highlighted how important this is.

“I experienced how important care workers were with my grandpa when he needed help.

“Carers provided peace of mind to my family which meant we could still live our lives and know that grandpa was still cared for.

“They worked so hard and were so important during the pandemic, and my story with my grandpa is one of the thousands across Scotland.

Gillian and staff celebrate as they find out the result at Ravenscraig

“We need to look at the care system and understand what needs to be changed, such as a better progression system, pay, and guaranteed hours.”

Gillian is also ready to tackle local issues, such as the ongoing vermin problem across North Lanarkshire.

Gillian is looking to help residents with issues such as bin uplifts and rats

“Rat and pest control have been issues for some time and something really needs to be done.

“I know from experience that it is usually always linked to bin uplifts and how frequently they are emptied.

“It is also important to make sure that bins are of a certain quality and are not damaged or old, especially in properties like flats.

“I know that people may be more tempted to go to a more well-known MSP in the area, but I am asking them to give a new face a chance and come to me and my team who will always be there to help.”

Gillian Mackay can be reached at [email protected]

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