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SFHA Scottish Parliament Election Hustings
Virtual Event

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Wed, 14 Apr from
15:00 to 16:00 (BST)



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About the event

SFHA believes everyone living in Scotland deserves a warm, energy efficient and affordable home in a thriving community. The majority of the political decisions which impact this aim - and our member housing associations who deliver homes like this across Scotland - are made in the Scottish Parliament.

Ahead of the Scottish Parliament election on May 6 this year, SFHA has invited representatives of each of Scotland’s main political parties to take part in a housing hustings event to discuss issues that are relevant to the social housing sector. Panellists will each have the opportunity to set out their party position and will also answer questions from the audience on key issues.

The hustings is taking place virtually on April 14 at 3pm and is open to all staff and board members of SFHA members.

Benefits of attending

This hustings event will give you with the opportunity to ask candidates how their parties’ policies could affect your organisation, tenants and customers.

For further details on the event, including information on our panellists, please check the updates on the SFHA website and Twitter page.

How to book

This hustings will take place virtually and is exclusively for SFHA members and it is open to all staff and board members

To book your place use the 'Book Now' button at the top of this page.

You will receive the link for the session around 24 hours before the session is due to start which you will use on the day to access it.

We are broadcasting this session on Zoom.

Data and privacy policy for virtual events and webinars

  • The online recordings of webinars and conferences using Zoom and Teams will be used on the SFHA website to provide insight and information post-event.
  • SFHA has considered the 3rd party usage and security of both applications and found these both suitable and applicable to meet our privacy and data protection standards.
  • We may also use these recordings for information sharing, promotion and publicity, this also includes social media use. Personal details and identification will never be recorded or shared if it is deemed inappropriate or not for legitimate interests.
  • By your attendance at the webinar/training/virtual conference, you acknowledge that you have been informed that your details may be shared for legitimate interests purposes only.
  • If you do not wish to be recorded, or details used for  as part of this conference, you should inform SFHA staff immediately.


Member Price Free

Non-member Price Free


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Sally Thomas
Scottish Federation of Housing Associations

Sally Thomas is Chief Executive at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA), the national representative body for Scotland’s housing associations and co-operatives. 

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 She has worked for several housing associations in London and the North East of England, most recently as Head of Community Investment at North Star Housing Group.  Previously, she worked for the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), on regeneration at an urban development corporation, as director of a consultancy specialising in community-based development and leading on social purpose and wider role at the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT).

She has co-authored several publications for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Chartered Institute of Housing, HACT, think tanks and government departments.  The most recent is ‘Acting on Localism: the role of housing associations in driving a community agenda’, published by Respublica.

She has chaired and served on a variety of boards in the housing, arts, health and charitable sectors.

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Kevin Stewart
Minister for Local Government and Housing

Before his election to the Scottish Parliament, he was previously the Depute Leader of Aberdeen City Council and served as a local Councillor for more than eleven years. As a Councillor, he chaired the Finance and Resources Committee and the North East of Scotland's Regional Transport Partnership, NESTRANS.

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Kevin has served in the Scottish Parliament as the member for Aberdeen Central since 2011. He was the Convener of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee in the last Parliament and sat on the Welfare Reform and Justice Sub-Committee on Policing.

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Paul McGarry
Scottish Liberal Democrats

Paul is the Housing Spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, he is also the Vice Convenor of the party and leads their Central Scotland list for the Scottish Elections.

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 Paul has been a leading voice within the party on housing policy for nearly a decade, he was one of few politicians with a lived experience of homelessness. Paul has a special interest in homelessness policy and the work of Housing associations.

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Pauline McNeil
Labour Party

In the most recent parliamentary term I was Labour MSP for the Glasgow Region as well as Shadow Minister for Communities, Social Security & Equalities and Deputy Convenor of the Social Security Committee. 

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My interest in the Middle East and passion about the creation of a Palestinian homeland has led me to visit refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza and to travel to the region many times, meeting many world leaders on this issue. 

In my previous terms as an MSP for Kelvin, I was a Shadow Minister for Justice, Constitutional Affairs, Culture and Europe and Shadow Minister on Scottish Constitutional Affairs.  A graduate in Law, I was Convenor of the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee for 6 years, during which time, I chaired one of the busiest committees on legislation and led one of the highest profile enquiries – the Shirley McKie Fingerprint enquiry. 

Before becoming an MSP I was the youngest ever official to GMB Scotland and the first woman to represent my colleagues on the Officer’s National Committee.

Outside of politics, I am very passionate about music and I play guitar and sing in covers band MC4. 

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Patrick Harvie
Scottish Greens

Patrick Harvie is co-leader of the Scottish Greens. He has served as an MSP for the Glasgow region from 2003 - 2021, and is top of the Green list in the Glasgow region in May's elections, as well as contesting the Kelvin constituency.

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He was the Greens spokesperson for Finance, Economy, Fair Work and Equalities, and served on the Finance and Constitution Committee, amongst others.  

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