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Richard Lochhead MSP - August 2016

Since I wrote my last blog, I’ve been kept busy with summer recess and holding surgeries across Moray.

I’ve also attended the official opening of the Scottish Parliament. Each MSP was invited to select a local hero to attend the opening and after a public search, I selected Sam Simpson from Newmill near Keith to represent Moray.

Sam was nominated for helping to raise over £100,000 for charity following her young daughter’s cancer diagnosis. It was a real privilege to have Sam and her family at the official opening of the Parliament.

She stood out to me as a local hero representing the best of Moray – a great community spirit, warm generosity and unsung heroes who go out of their way to help others even when they have their own challenges to face.

It’s absolutely right that the people of Scotland were at the heart of the opening as we to look to the next five years.