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First, our apologies for not updating sooner, we have all found ourselves busy with work and family committments.

Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Conservatives recently asked the First Minister for a Public Inquiry during FMQs at Holyrood.  Mr Salmond has maintained the stance of waiting on Dame Angiolini and Lord Bonomy completing their work, despite neither having any legal backing.

Our Chair, Willie Reid met with Ruth Davidson last Wed, 12th Jun 13 and we have the full support of Ruth and her Party, we will continue to work with Kez Dugdale MSP, Johann  Lamont MSP (Labour Leader) and Jackie Baillie in our battle for a Public Inquiry.

After the meeting with Ruth, Willie “bumped” into Mr Salmond outside the Parliament and challenged him regarding his stance and his failing to repsond to 3 items of correspondance sent to him of late.  He promised to reply immediately, and has still failed to do so 7 days later!!!!

We are supporting Glasgow Parents (GAAP) at Parliament tomorrow, 19th June and will attempt to get as many signatures on our petition as possible.

DAME ELISH ANGIOLINI DBE QC

Helen Ros and myself met with Dame Elish Angiolini on Friday 10th May 13 as part of the preparations for the Dame’s investigation.

She has already done background work on the investigation.  She will be speaking with a number of people and will have Investigators from the Legal Profession to assist her.

Dame Angiolini has stated she has had no previous dealings with Edinburgh Council, she gave us a brief outline of what a Public Inquiry can do beyond what she can, and has stated that at anytime during her investigations, anything that comes to light in either a legal or criminal way, her investigation will report these to the Authorities.

Most parents should now have received a letter from the Dame, in which the remit of the investigation has been given.  There will be cross references made between this investigation and the Commission led by The Rt Hon Lord Bonomy.

All affected parents will be interviewed by the Dame or her investigation team, though she has said that couples will need to be interviewed seperately.  She is more than happy for representation of SANDS or a relative during the interviews, if that is desired.  She has expressed that parents should take with them ANY documentation they deem necessary for her to see.

The team are looking at postcodes to try to have interviews as close but as central as possible, we met on the Forth Suite, Apex Hotel, Waterloo Road and although a little on the large side, it was ideal for this purpose.  It may be that additional places for West Lothian, East Lothian or Midlothian are identified.

The investigation will take as long as necessary and no time limit has been attributed.

Dame Ingiolini came across as compassionate, informative but determined to get as many answers as she can for the parents.  Whilst our quest for a Public Inquiry continues, SANDS and MAAC will give her investigation assistance when requested and the Dame has agreed to have interim updates with us.

She has set up a website:  www.mortonhallinvestigation.org.uk which is accessible to all.  This is not accessible to Edinburgh Council.

I hope this is of some assurance to you, that although a Public Inquiry is still our aim it would be amiss of us not to acknowledge and partake in the Dame’s Investigation.

STV news at 6 – 25.04.2013

MAAC members, SANDS Lothians representatives and parents meet at the Scottish Parliament

http://player.stv.tv/programmes/news-at-six-edinburgh-east/2013-04-25-1800/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scottish Parliament 25/4/13

310867_10151516749318880_652340458_nA contingent of Parents, MAAC and SANDS went to the Scottish Parliament to engage with MSPs to highlight our fight for a Public Inquiry.

Kez Dugdale MSP for Lothians hosted and chaired a meeting between parents and Johann Lamont MSP (Scottish Labour Leader), Jackie Baillie MSP (Shadow Health Secretary) and Duncan McNeil MSP (Health Committe).  During this private session Dorothy Maitland (SANDS) gave an insight on how the scandal of Babies Ashes came to light.  Willie Reid our Chair then addressed the MSPs on MAAC and he was followed by Madelaine Cave and Arlene McDougall who gave emotional and forthright accounts of their personal stories into the loss of their babies.

The press then joined the group and we we joined by other MSPs, Ruth Davidson MSP (Conservative Leader), Jackson Carlaw (Conservative Dep Leader),  Anne McTaggart MSP to name a few.

During the press call, Willie was joined by Linsay Bonar to announce that affected parents from Edinburgh and Glasgow would be joining together in the fight for a Public Inquiry.  The day was seen as a great success and we now carry on with the fight for a Public Inquiry with the support from Labour and Conservative MSPs.

Our petition has grown in strength and Willie will meet with Kez Dugdale this week to discuss bringing the petition to Parliament.  Thank you to everyone who attended on Thursday, and we all thank you for your continued support!

 

BBC Radio Scotland Drivetime 18/4/13

Our Chair Willie Reid was interviewed on Drivetime on 18/4/13.  Click the link and listen from 1:13:36.

http://bbc.in/14uLNAa 

Edinburgh Evening News: Mortonhall baby ashes scandal: No criminal charges

http://www.scotsman.com/edinburgh-evening-news/latest-news/mortonhall-baby-ashes-scandal-no-criminal-charges-1-2901421#.UW_kldk-RI0.facebook

Police say no criminal charges will be brought in the Mortonhall baby ashes scandal. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

BBC: Mortonhall Crematorium: Police will not make any criminal prosecutions

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-22203324


 

What have MAAC been up to – 17/4/13

Today, our Secretary Sarah, has been busy on twitter.  She has engaged with all MSPs, Councils in Scotland and the press!  Our followers have increased vastly.  why not follow us @MAAC_Lothians.  We thank those who have and appreciate your support.

Willie Reid, our Chair went along to the ERI with Dorothy Maitland from SANDS Lothians to address Medical Students in the care and aftercare of Parents who have had a loss of a baby.  It was enlightening and interesting and the first time a Father had addressed them.  Thank you to Dorothy for accommodating it.

We have confirmed a meeting with MSPs at the Scottish Parliament on Thurs 25th April and will keep you updated on this as it happens.

Once again thanks for your support

Scotsman 17/4/13

National commission to tackle Scotland’s ashes scandal – Latest news – Scotsman.com
m.scotsman.com
http://t.co/cYQHWqckO2

 

MAAC Response to Govt Commision

The Scottish Govt have today announced they will set up a Commission to change legislation into the cremation of infants and babies.  This is still short of a Public Inquiry and will not look at individual cases from throughout Scotland.

MAAC will still fight for a Public Inquiry and lobby the Government for it.  We will, however, be interested in getting involved with the Govt in their Commission to ensure affected parents views and expereinces are heard and learned from.

The Commission should ensure its remit includes the NHS,  Undertakers and Council and Private run Crematoriums.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

Willie ReidChair