All-Party Support

31 Mar 2021

The Scotland Malawi Partnership is grateful for the support of all 59 Scottish MPs and all 129 MSPs, across all five parties.  There remains strong all-party support for Scotland’s historic and contemporary links with Malawi.

Scotland Malawi Partnership members can be found in every constituency and region in Scotland.  Read our Westminster and Holyrood constituency mapping reports, updated April 2021.
 
In the run up to the May 2021 Scottish Parliament elections all five leaders of the major Scottish political parties gave their strong support for the Scotland Malawi Partnership and the bilateral relationship:
 
 
Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Nicola Sturgeon MSP

First Minister and Leader of the Scottish National Party

"The links between Scotland and Malawi are strong and enduring. Even in this past year, which has presented us with difficulties we could scarcely have imagined, our friendship continues to grow.

The work that the Scotland-Malawi Partnership and the many organisations the length and breadth of Scotland do to support and nurture these links is extremely welcome and I am proud that the Scottish Government can continue to fund these efforts. I hope this report inspires many more communities to take an interest in the relationship between Scotland and Malawi, so we can sustain it for many years to come."


Douglas Ross MP

Douglas Ross MP

Leader of the Scottish Conservative Party

“I am delighted to welcome the publication of this report. The links between Scotland and Malawi are deep, and it’s right we celebrate them. This report stands as a testimony to that – highlighting the civic partnerships which exist across each Holyrood constituency and region.

At heart, this is about friendship. Not just between governments, but between two peoples. Each year thousands of Scots and Malawians stand side-by-side and work together to achieve common goals. We should be proud of these bonds and I congratulate the Scotland Malawi Partnership for everything they do to further this cause. The Scottish Conservatives are deeply committed to strengthening Scotland’s partnership with Malawi for the benefit of both our countries.”


Anas Sarwar MSP

Anas Sarwar MSP

Leader of the Scottish Labour Party

“Our links with Malawi continue to thrive and flourish, and are a testament to the efforts of those who have worked hard to maintain this enduring friendship.
 
The community of over 300,000 Scots and Malawians has helped deliver benefits and real change where it’s needed - across communities, in trade, business, medicine, education and tourism. We should be proud of our work together and continue to build on the unity between our two nations.”

 


Willie Rennie MSP

Willie Rennie MSP

Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrat Party

"It is truly impressive that over one thousand Scottish organisations and key individuals have active links with Malawi.

Through education, communication and engagement we are forging a lasting relationship with this fascinating and creative country at the heart of Africa.

Together Scotland and Malawi can grow and prosper together.  I am particularly pleased to see the deep links with schools in my constituency including my old primary school of Strathmiglo."


Patrick Harvie MSP

Patrick Harvie MSP

Co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party

“I am delighted to see Scotland’s long-standing friendship with Malawi continue to grow from strength to strength. More and more communities the length and breadth of Scotland are now involved in the people-to-people partnerships.

As this report highlights, almost every section of Scottish civic life is now involved with Malawi in some way, with record numbers of community groups, schools, universities and hospitals actively engaged.

This represents the best of Scottish internationalism, which will contribute to sustainable development and to global challenges such as equality and human rights. I congratulate the Scotland Malawi Partnership for its work coordinating these many civic links and look forward to continuing to work closely with the network.”