A GROUP of East Renfrewshire residents were welcomed to the Scottish Parliament by Eastwood MSP Jackson Carlaw to observe First Minister’s Questions.

The group of 25 constituents watched the drama unfold from the debating chamber at Holyrood as the acting leader of the Scottish Conservatives grilled Nicola Sturgeon on a variety of issues.

They then enjoyed lunch in the members’ restaurant and visited the committee rooms where important parliamentary business is conducted.

And Mr Carlaw himself took questions from the group on important national and local issues.

Mr Carlaw said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome a group of Eastwood constituents through to Holyrood recently.

“Engaging with constituents is one of the most important aspects of my role as an MSP and I was delighted to see those who made trip seated in the gallery for my weekly tussle with Nicola Sturgeon at First Minister’s Questions.

“It was certainly a very enjoyable day for me and I hope that everyone on the visit found it a worthwhile experience.”   

In other news, Mr Carlaw lodged a motion at Holyrood recognising the success of the first ever ‘I Love Clarkston’ Awards. 

The event was organised by the I Love Clarkston Business Improvement District and recognised the outstanding contribution residents and groups have made to the community.

Mr Carlaw added: “The I Love Clarkston Business Improvement District deserves a huge amount of credit for the efforts made in ensuring the event was a resounding success.

“I was thrilled to be given the opportunity of judging the nominees and it was very difficult to choose between the candidates.

“I was delighted to give my unqualified support for this highly commendable endeavour.”