Ten years ago, the Scottish Executive signed an historic co-operation agreement with the Government of Malawi.
Building on ties first established by David Livingstone, the explorer, medic and missionary, this agreement has seen successive Scottish and Malawian governments work together and deepen these historic links.
Aird and Loch Ness is a large rural ward straddling areas of the Parliamentary constituencies previously held by Danny Alexander and Charles Kennedy. A by-election was called following the resignation of the former SNP council leader.
So how did we win?
Earlier this week, I voted against Tory plans for tax credit cuts that will see families across Scotland. Although a Liberal Democrat motion which would have scrapped these dangerous plans altogether did not pass, another motion calling for the government to think again and introduce new protections was successful.