Monday, 21 October 2013 10:06

An Audience with Johann Lamont

Leader of the Scottish Labour party Johann Lamont will hear what matters to North-east business in the latest in a series of debates in Aberdeen organised by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce (AGCC).


She will be taking part in a discussion with AGCC members at the Chamber offices at Aberdeen Energy Park on Monday, October 21, 2013.

Between now and the end of the year, all the leaders of Scotland’s main political parties are visiting the Chamber in its “Meet the Leader” series as part of its aim to put members at the heart of a strong and sustainable regional economy and ensure the region continues to drive the national economy.

Ms Lamont has been the Labour MSP for the Glasgow Pollok constituency since 1999 and has served on various Scottish Parliament Committees including the Equal Opportunities Committee, the Local Government Committee, the Education Committee, and the Local Government and Communities Committee.

Born in Glasgow in 1957 into a Gaelic speaking family from Tiree, she has an MA in History and English from the University of Glasgow and a Postgraduate teaching qualification from Jordanhill College of Education. Prior to becoming an MSP, she worked as a classroom teacher for 20 years.

Ms Lamont’s visit will be followed by visits from First Minister Alex Salmond, Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson and Patrick Harvie from the Scottish Greens.

The first leader to take part in the series was Willie Rennie MSP, leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, who visited the Chamber in August. The debate then covered a wide range of members’ concerns, with topics including renewable energy and taxes, to early years development and city mayors.

At the event, Mr Rennie called for more investment in the North-east, and suggested the proposed high-speed rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow could be put back in order to invest more in the region.

He later said that the event had been an interesting and valuable insight into what mattered to the business community in the area.

During each event in the Meet the Leader series, the leader is allowed 15 minutes to address the private audience on what can be done by politicians to ensure the region remains a driver of the economy, before the floor is opened to the audience for comments and questions.

James Bream, research and policy director at AGCC, believes these engagements sessions are an essential part of what the Chamber does. He said: “The series is an opportunity for our members to make their voices heard and engage with politicians directly about the investment this region needs to maximise its economic contribution.

“We work hard to make sure that members’ opinions are heard by politicians but the best person to express these view are the members themselves.

“We all know this region can deliver more for the Scottish economy, and we need to get that message through to the politicians.”

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