The Turner Prize nominee list is enhancing Glasgow's reputation as a modern, cultural and cosmopolitan city

GLASGOW is a very creative city which was demonstrated last week by the announcement of this year's Turner Prize nominees.

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Tris Vonna-Mitchell is one of three Turner Prize nominees who studied in Glasgow
Tris Vonna-Mitchell is one of three Turner Prize nominees who studied in Glasgow

Three of the four nominees for the prestigious 2014 Turner Prize have studied at Glasgow School of Art or are based in Glasgow, an impressive record for our city.

The Glasgow School of Art rightly has a formidable reputation and I was lucky enough to be interviewed for Channel 4 News inside their new Reid Building last week.

It is a truly impressive building and I am sure it will inspire all those who study and work there.

Glasgow has a great artistic legacy, and has produced four of the last nine Turner Prize winners.

This legacy is continuing with this year's nominees. Duncan Campbell, who studied at the Glasgow School of Art, is nominated for a video that formed part of Scotland's entry in last year's Venice Film Festival.

Ciara Phillips, a Canadian based in Glasgow, has been nominated for her work with screenprints, and Tris Vonna-Michell, who also studied at Glasgow School of Art, has been nominated for an installation using slide projections and an audio narration.

The Turner Prize nominee list is enhancing Glasgow's reputation as a modern, cultural and cosmopolitan city and I wish the city's nominees the best of luck.

aT First Minister's Question last week it was confirmed by the First Minister that a pilot of Clare's Law will be carried out in Scotland in an effort to tackle domestic abuse.

Clare's Law is named after Clare Wood, who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 2009.

It will enable people to find out from the police if their partner has a history of domestic violence.

The Scottish Government will work with Police Scotland and other partners to develop a pilot of the law, which will be in place alongside existing Scottish Government investment in tackling domestic violence and the upcoming publication of a Scottish Government strategy designed to prevent and eradicate all forms of violence against women.

Domestic violence is an unacceptable, abhorrent crime and these increased measures will aim to protect women and bring the perpetrators of domestic abuse to justice.

This week also saw the UK Government transfer the powers to lift the cap on Discretionary Housing Payments to the Scottish Government, meaning that more money can be spent by the Scottish Government to help those affected by the Bedroom Tax.

As a Parliament, the overwhelming majority disagreed with Westminster's imposition of the Bedroom Tax on Scotland.

The Scottish Government has had to divert funds away from important public services to mitigate against this iniquitous tax, but wouldn't it be better if we had the powers to make our decisions on which tax we choose to implement or not?

On September 18 we have that chance, I hope we don't let it pass us by.

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