'I AM delighted to be writing in the Politician’s Opinion Column once more. In these past few months I have been hard at work to get the best for all my constituents.

I have been busy in my roles as an MSYP, the Convener of the External Affairs, UK and International Relations Committee and the Convener of Lochgelly High School’s Pupil Improvement Committee.

Since schools returned in August, the Pupil Improvement Committee recruited a new membership, taking the total number up to 26, along with a new Headteacher. We decided to interview candidates for our new Leadership Team, to work along side myself. I am delighted to say that the talent had blown us away, leaving us to appoint three successful Vice Conveners. I look forward to working with my leadership team this year, to ensure we continue to go from strength to strength over the 2018-19 session.

It has been a busy time for me as the Convener of the External Affairs Committee, with all the Brexit related news and work we have been undertaking. I convened a meeting of the committee at the 67th Annual Sitting of the SYP, where the committee discussed our plan from now until June 2019, and held a workshop to respond to the Scottish Government’s Local Governance Review – Democracy Matters. It’s going to be a great time convening this Committee over the next few months.

I have been working on the Children and Young People’s Panel on Europe (Brexit), as I mentioned in my last column, and we are close to presenting our recommendations to the Cabinet Secretary for Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell MSP, in the next month or so, keep an eye out on social media for this!

As the lead for our ACEs policy, I attended a National Conference in September on this important issue, where I was able to network and learn of good practice from all over Scotland and to play my part in making Scotland the worlds first #ACEAwareNation. I was also delighted to attend the CPG on ACEs to present around both mine and SYPs work on ACEs and I’m happy to announce I’m now an official member, and look forward to future meetings. I look forward to continuing this work over the coming months, with young people and civil servants.

I would also like to take this chance to confirm that I shall campaigning to retain my seat as an MSYP, so keep an eye out for more from me!

If any young person (12-25) has an issue/concern they’d like me to raise, or wants to know more about my work, please get in touch by emailing hello@syp.org.uk, or following me on Twitter: @BaileyLeeMSYP'.