Up to date news of Malcolm's work for the people of Edinburgh North and Leith
Malcolm Chisholm's Local News: Summer 2009 School Closures I have put forward a motion in the Scottish Parliament in support of the campaigns to keep Fort Primary School and Royston Primary School open.

I also asked a question about the average number of pupils per primary school in Edinburgh and was told it was already the second highest out of Scotland's thirty two local authorities. Small primary schools have their advantages and, with pupil numbers set to rise in Edinburgh over the next few years, and many new housing developments planned for Leith and north Edinburgh, this is no time to be closing important and highly valued schools.
Breast Cancer Care Malcolm listening to women at the Breast Cancer Care event I was pleased to host and speak at the Breast Cancer Care event at the Parliament in June. They were launching the important Standards for Secondary Breast Cancer. I was also pleased to visit the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre at the Western General in July to see the exciting and groundbreaking research that is taking place there.

Breast Cancer Care web site >>>
Cuts at Telford College Malcolm and Sarah Boyack talking to a member of the Telford College staff outside the Scottish Parliament I put down a motion opposing the compulsory redundancies that are planned for Telford College and raised the issue with Alex Salmond at First Minister's Questions.

I also hosted a meeting with staff from Telford who were lobbying the Parliament and had two meetings with senior management at the College.

Most of the compulsory redundancies have now been withdrawn but there is still a threat over the Business, IT And Tourism department. This makes no sense when these areas are so important for the Edinburgh economy.
Flood Prevention I have put down a question about the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme and taken up the issue with both the Environment Minister and the Cabinet Secretary for Finance.

Basically 22 Million more is needed from the Scottish Government for this vital scheme to go ahead. The additional money required is because of delays and other factors beyond the Council's control so it is right that the Scottish Government should look at this again.
Seafield Stench The Seafield stench became even worse than usual at the end of June and beginning of July and I took this up through correspondence and/or meetings with the Council, Scottish Water, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency.

It is accepted that the build up of sludge in the storm tanks was not dealt with satisfactorily and a commitment has been given to act more promptly in future. The underlying problem remains however and the plan agreed by the Council will only deal with 70% of the odour. That is not satisfactory and stronger measures will be required, as the Leith Links Residents' Association has long argued.
Prize giving event Malcolm speaking with the Stevenson College Orchestra behind him I was pleased to be guest speaker at the Trinity Academy prize giving in June and also at the English as a Second Language graduation ceremony at the Duncan Place Resource Centre (see picture).

Both were great events and recognised the outstanding achievements of many people.

Congratulations to all those involved.

Trinity Academy web site >>>
Duncan Place Resource Centre web site >>>
Scottish Climate Change Bill Malcolm sitting at a table with two women coffee drinkers The Scottish Climate Change Bill completed its passage through the Scottish Parliament on 24th June.

I was very pleased to speak in support of what is now the strongest 2020 target in the world, namely a reduction of 42% in greenhouse gas emissions by then from a 1990 baseline.

I emphasised the importance of community action on climate change as well as leadership by Government and highlighted the work of the North Edinburgh Trust, Greener Leith and several eco-congregations throughout the constituency.

I also spoke to many constituents at the lobby of Parliament that day (see picture).

Malcolm's speech in May >>>
Malcolm's speech in June >>>
Success for local charity I was pleased to visit Bethany's lunch time drop in for homeless people. I also put down a motion congratulating Bethany on winning the Scottish Charity of the Year Award for the excellent work it does in supporting homeless people.

Bethany Christian Trust web site >>>