Scottish Parliament staff warned over smoking

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POLITICIANS and other Scottish Parliament workers have been warned about smoking outside the Holyrood building after a complaint from a neighbour.

They have been accused of standing close to flats on the Canongate and dropping cigarette butts in the area.

Smoking parliamentary workers have a designated space for lighting up in a corner of the Queensberry House courtyard. But the Canongate staff entrance has always been a popular spot for political puffers even though they were banned from smoking there in 2011

Now in an email to all staff, Colin Chisholm, head of human resources and security at the parliament, wrote: “We have recently received a complaint from one of our neighbours opposite the Canongate entrance regarding pass-
holders from the Parliament smoking outside their building.

“They have complained about parliament passholders standing smoking outside the entrance to their apartment, and dropping cigarette butts in the area. We urge all passholders to be considerate of residents and ask all smokers to use the designated smoking area in Queensberry House courtyard.”

A parliamentary source said workers smoking outside the building looked bad when, inside it, tough measures to stop more people from developing a habit were often being debated.

The insider said: “It’s ridiculous that a parliament in the midst of passing anti-smoking legislation can also act as a poster boy for the habit.

“I’m not surprised local residents are upset by this.”