A few months ago I wrote about Ryan McLaughlin who single handedly petitioned the Scottish Government to produce guidelines on vitamin D supplements for children and pregnant women, launch an awareness campaign and investigate the link between multiple sclerosis and the vitamin.
The result of his efforts have paid off handsomely and now an international conference is to be held in Scotland on 27 April to discuss the health effect of the vitamin. Leading researchers into links between vitamin D deficiency and MS are expected to attend.
Last week, as the Public Petitions Committee agreed to close Ryan's petition, members congratulated him for his achievement. I do too.
The petition system must surely be considered one of Holyrood constitutional successes. It brings power back to the people, indeed it is one area where Westminster shall probably have to modernise.
Cammie [lol] has put forward proposals to create a fourth reading stage, a 'peoples stage' where petitions can be put forward which can force particular changes to bills, and even force a return to the chamber for debate.
I dont know how this would all work exactly, but I like the idea of it- as Holyrood has proven time and again that petitions are really useful. Much as your blog here proves.
Nice one Ryan, nice one son!
It has been a success Dean but of course I'm told Westminster won't introduce it - too democratic.
Thanks for the compliment too. :)
Aye the lad is good Dram. It was a delight to see in the comments of my first post on this his Mum commented to thank us all for our support.
Makes blogging worthwhile.
Yes it is indeed Henry.
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