Michelle Thomson: Diary of a New MP, Day 3

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Today was all about induction. In 2010, new members complained they didn’t get much help in their first days, so this is part of a House of Commons determined effort to get it right this time.

We all want to get on with helping our constituents, whatever political party, so I’m pleased to get this impressively efficient support so I can get moving on a constituency office and the rest.

We meet for the first time in the Chamber and got some advice on our maiden speeches, the protocol about how to address other MPs in debates etc.

Further sessions then follow. The most detailed was on the processes for taking on new staff, setting up an office, data protection, security and so on. I feel much more comfortable after this.

Final sessions follow on security – very important. Not just the security of members and their staff, but security of guests and visitors too. Useful for when constituents want to come and visit.

News emerges of the SNP spokespeople. I was delighted to see that Joanna Cherry QC, our Edinburgh South West MP, has been nominated as the spokesperson for justice and home affairs. Alex Salmond has foreign affairs, Stuart Hosie on the economy, and Eilidh Whiteford on work and pensions. All excellent news for Scotland’s stronger team voice in Westminster.