A search for 129 local community heroes has been launched by the Scottish Parliament.

Every Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) is being asked to nominate one of their constituents who have made an extraordinary contribution to the lives of other people living in Scotland locally or nationally during the COVID[1]19 pandemic.

Those selected by their MSP will be invited to contribute to the Parliament’s Opening Ceremony, an event which will take place in early October to formally mark the new session of the Parliament.

Renfrewshire South MSP Tom Arthur said “I am delighted to begin my search for Renfrewshire South’s Local Hero

“I am asking my constituents to come forward with their ideas on who deserves this accolade

“Throughout the pandemic, individuals across the nation have gone above and beyond to help their communities, these unsung heroes deserve recognition and I will be honoured to nominate one of them

“Anyone wishing to suggest a candidate, should get in touch with me by email on tom.arthur.msp@parliament.scot with Local Hero as the subject heading of their email”

Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Alison Johnstone MSP said: “As parliamentarians we have all heard directly of the difficult circumstances that many people in our communities have faced because of this pandemic. But alongside this, we have heard so many uplifting stories of people and communities coming together to protect those most vulnerable.

“As we begin this new session of Parliament, we are filled with renewed purpose, hope and determination to make things better for people in Scotland. Therefore, it is fitting that we can use this occasion to tell the story of those across Scotland who have provided that optimism for others.

“As we seek to recover and rebuild our country, I am proud that the Parliament can play it’s part in celebrating and honouring those that have made such a positive difference during challenging times.”

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