Linda Fabiani, MSP for East Kilbride, welcomed Member of the European Parliament, Alyn Smith, back to the town last week. Alyn used his time in East Kilbride to visit the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre to discuss European funding and to hear of their ongoing work as well as recent projects such as the carbon dating of bone from the exhumed Richard III of England.
He later visited Calderglen High School and answered questions from third-year pupils on the European Parliament and its importance to the lives of young people growing up in Scotland today.
“It was a pleasure to welcome Alyn back to East Kilbride, a centre of excellence for scientific research and development. The research carried out at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in East Kilbride, under Prof Rob Ellam, is truly remarkable and internationally renowned.
“It was also great to get the chance to take Alyn to Calderglen High School. The Modern Studies pupils asked some really detailed questions on the European Parliament and showed real enthusiasm and understanding for the institution and their rights as European Citizens.”
“I was delighted to be able to join Linda on a visit to East Kilbride today. The Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre in East Kilbride is a fantastic example of the cutting edge research that is taking place here in Scotland, and we had an excellent discussion on the merits of EU funding for such work.
“I really enjoyed my visit to Calderglen High School in East Kilbride and was impressed by the knowledge of the Modern Studies classes who asked some really searching questions on the roles and functions of the European Parliament. From freedom of travel to agriculture policy, the students had a clear understanding and appreciation of the benefits of the European Union, which is great to see in young people.”