November is Islamophobia Awareness Month, where I will join with MSPs from all political parties to recognise the widespread presence of anti-Muslim prejudice in our society and reflect on how we can eradicate it in every manifestation.

Recent reports of an increase in hate crimes are very disturbing.

This year’s Islamophobia Awareness Month aligns with an exceptionally challenging period for Muslim communities. The repercussions of the distressing Israel-Gaza conflict have resulted in an alarming surge in both anti-Semitism and Islamophobia throughout our nation.

Islamophobia has no place in our society in any shape or form. It is the responsibility of all individuals with a public platform to actively oppose all forms of hatred, including but not limited to Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and racism.

It has been a stressful period for the staff and all those that use the facilities at the Hollies Community Hub. I am delighted to learn that East Lothian councillors have agreed to allocated funding from the Common Good fund to sustain the Hollies Community Hub temporarily.

The Hollies holds immense value in our community, and I encourage collaborative efforts to establish a sustainable plan for its long-term existence.

This is a positive stride in safeguarding this vital community asset.

Finally, congratulations to Musselburgh Athletic for their valiant performance in the second round of the Scottish Cup! It was a great effort against a higher-division opponent which united the community across all generations.

While the eventual result did not favour the home team, it was heartening to witness the remarkable spirit displayed by both the team and the enthusiastic crowd at a fully attended Olivebank during a live televised match.