A HELENSBURGH minister has been congratulated in the Scottish Parliament following her appointment as the new Moderator of the Presbytery of Dumbarton.

The Reverend Tina Kemp, associate minister at Helensburgh Parish Church, took up the role last month.

A members' motion laid down at Holyrood by the area's MSP, Jackie Baillie, states that Ms Kemp's appointment "is deserved recognition for the hard work that she has done with Helensburgh Parish Church".

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Ms Baillie's motion has attracted cross-party support from six other MSPs – Labour's David Stewart and the SNP quintet of Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, Stuart McMillan, Clare Adamson and Angela Constance.

Ms Kemp, a former journalist, will hold the post of moderator for 12 months.

Ordained as a minister in 2005, she spent much of her early ministry working part-time at the former West Kirk in Helensburgh, before giving up journalism and working with two Clydebank congregations.

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She returned to Helensburgh in a part-time role in early 2016, but was formally appointed to her current full-time role in 2017, working alongside the church's minister, the Rev David Young.