Frank Doran, Member of Parliament for Aberdeen North and Dame Anne Begg, Member of Parliament for Aberdeen South, today hosted a visit from University of Aberdeen Mooting Society.
The visit by Aberdeen law students who are members of the Mooting Society in which students debate legal problems started with a tour of the House of Parliament, followed by a question and answer session.
The visit has now become an annual tradition.
Speaking following the visit Frank Doran said:
“It is always a pleasure to meet with the students and I can tell from the standard of their questions that we have some sharp legal minds in our midst!”
Dame Anne Begg said:
“Debating is an integral part of the work for both parliamentarians and lawyers. That’s why this annual event is always so successful.”
Last month, Dame Anne visited the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon to see the work that is being done to make the visitor attraction more accessible to wheelchair users. As the historic building is on two storeys – and with an external staircase – it is not possible for wheelchair users to access the first floor. In order for wheelchair users to ‘experience’ the second storey of the building, a special ‘armchair tour’ has been developed on a laptop that can be used either downstairs or in the visitor’s car.
Additionally, the museum has purchased two special mobility scooters to allow visitors in wheelchairs to travel on terrains that they would not normally be able to go on and enjoy nearby coastal walks with friends and family.
Dame Anne said: “Nowadays, attractions that would struggle to make properties accessible to wheelchair users can be more creative in their approach. It doesn’t always mean using a lift or ramp: there are other ways to think outside the box.”