Orcadian 16/02/17

I am currently sporting an electronic tag. Not, I hasten to add, in response to any anti-social behaviour on my part, but rather in the context of an initiative being run to coincide with Environment Week 2017.

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Ministers agree to look at ways of easing pressures on Orkney care services

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed agreement by the Health Secretary, Shona Robison and Islands Minister, Humza Yousaf to look at how help can be provided to meet growing demands for self-directed support in Orkney.

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McArthur to highlight growing pressures on care services in the islands

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur will meet with the Health Secretary tomorrow (08/02) to highlight growing problems in meeting demands for self-directed support in the islands. 

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Northern Isles MSPs press Environment Secretary on Crown Estate

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur today met with Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham to discuss the devolution of the Crown Estate.

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Scott & McArthur: Government must press ahead with cheaper ferry fares

Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have today urged the Scottish Government to press ahead with reductions to Northern Isles ferry fares “no matter what”.

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Orcadian Column 01/02/2017

I recently finished reading ‘Politics, Between the Extremes’, the very candid autobiography by former Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. I won’t spoil it for you by telling you what happens, but he does offer a fascinating insight into the now infamous joint press conference with David Cameron in...

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McArthur urges review of legal aid to examine access to justice for islanders

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has called for the specific needs of rural and island communities to be taken fully into account by the independent review of legal aid that was announced today in parliament. 

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McArthur reveals minister’s HIE howler

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur today said SNP ministers will be “red faced” after it was revealed that, months into a major shake-up, senior officials at Highlands and Islands Enterprise didn’t believe Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown knew what their agency did. 

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McArthur in plea for World Heritage Gateway in Orkney

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today urged the Scottish Government to commit to world class infrastructure and facilities for Orkney’s world class heritage sites.

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About

Liam has strong ties with Orkney. He attended Sanday school and Kirkwall Grammar. Liam has worked for European Commission, as a consultant helping charities and as a Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister, then former MP and MSP for Orkney Jim Wallace. A football enthusiast, Liam played in Orkney's inter-county team and for Scottish Universities, while captain of Edinburgh University. In Parliament, Liam is the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy, Young People and Education. Read more