Christine Grahame is a Scottish National Party list MSP for the South of Scotland region. She entered the Scottish Parliament at its creation in 1999. In the 1999, 2003 and 2007 Scottish general elections she stood in Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale. In 2011 she will stand in the new constituency of Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.
On 10th November 2010, Christine Grahame spoke in a Parliamentary debate on the topic of Science, held on the same day as a Science and Parliament event organised by groups including the Royal Society of Chemistry. She spoke briefly, mentioning the problems of getting funding for research and development, and noted the temptation of researchers to move to countries where these are valued "for their own sake, as well as their practical applications". The full text of her speech can be read at the references.
Teaching of Creationism
In January 2015 Ms Grahame supported Motion S4M-12148: Crackdown against Creationism, which stated:
- "That the Parliament congratulates South Lanarkshire Council on taking decisive action to prevent the teaching of creationism in schools by introducing new guidance; condemns any promotion of creationism in publicly funded schools, including the reported distribution of creationist books at Kirktonholme Primary School; believes that creationism should not be presented as a scientific theory and viable alternative to the established theory of evolution, and supports the Society of Biology and the Scottish Secular Society position in opposing the teaching of creationism in the classroom."
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