I am grateful to members of the public who contacted me to urge me to continue with my proposed Local Government Accountability and Transparency Bill, only one aspect of which related to religious representatives on Education Committees.
I trust that it goes without saying that I will never ‘abandon’ the cause of democracy.
The purpose of any Members’ Bill is to put in place legislation and prior to that being possible there is a very clear protocol regarding the level of support required to progress to introducing a Bill i.e. the support of 18 MSPs, from at least half the parties or groups on the Parliamentary Bureau.
Given the campaign mounted by the religious groups, there was zero prospect of securing the necessary support to continue.
I will reflect on what other avenues there are to challenge this anachronism.