We were delighted to find out that the work of the John Smith Centre has been recognised by MSPs at the Scottish Parliament. Paul O’Kane MSP lodged a Motion congratulating the Centre “for the opportunities it provides to young people to enter the world of public service and politics”.

The Motion has been given cross party support with Paul Sweeney MSP, Jeremy Balfour MSP, Dr Sandesh Gulhane MSP, Jackie Baillie MSP, Ross Greer MSP, Bill Kidd MSP, Russell Findlay MSP, Pam Duncan Glancy MSP, Miles Briggs MSP, Stuart McMillan MSP, Kaukab Stewart MSP, Bob Doris MSP, Michelle Thomson MSP, Anas Sarwar MSP, Jackie Dunbar MSP, Fulton MacGregor MSP, Audrey Nicoll MSP, Pam Gosal MSP and Karen Adam MSP all backing it.

We would like to thank all MSPs who support our internship programmes and play a part in their success.

Paul O’Kane MSP full Motion:

Motion S6M-03981: Paul O’Kane, West Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 11/04/2022 R
John Smith Centre’s Contribution to Young People and Politics
That the Parliament congratulates the John Smith Centre, which operates within the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, for the opportunities it provides to young people to enter the world of public service and politics; understands that the Parliamentary Internship Programme, which has run since 2017, has given talented and driven young people the chance to work at the heart of Scottish politics, which in turn has given MSPs the chance to benefit from those inspiring people’s talents and efforts; understands that the centre’s Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme offers 50 young people from minority ethnic backgrounds an internship with a public sector organisation that will help them to develop their skills and perhaps the desire of a career in public service; further understands that the John Smith Centre’s central mission is to promote trust in politics and therefore as a political institution, supports the John Smith Centre in what it sees as that noble and worthwhile pursuit, and recognises that the centre was named after John Smith, who, it believes, was a figure held in the highest regard by his peers for his undisputed dedication to a lifetime of public service.

Supported by: Paul Sweeney, Jeremy Balfour, Sandesh Gulhane, Jackie Baillie, Ross Greer, Bill Kidd, Russell Findlay, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Miles Briggs, Stuart McMillan, Kaukab Stewart, Bob Doris, Michelle Thomson, Anas Sarwar, Jackie Dunbar, Fulton MacGregor, Audrey Nicoll, Pam Gosal, Karen Adam