McArthur presses BT on radio links to help improve isles broadband services

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur today met BT representatives to highlight specific concerns about broadband provision in Papay and North Ronaldsay.

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McArthur Speaks in Suicide Prevention Debate

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur used a debate on the Scottish Government’s Suicide Prevention Action Plan: Every Life Matters to highlight the particularly profound effect that suicide can have in smaller rural and island communities.

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My Orcadian Column 13/9/18

It is difficult to think of a time, since coming to power in 2007, when SNP MSPs have not returned to Holyrood after the summer recess with a bit of a swagger.  Last week, however, felt different.

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Holyrood Highlights 7/9/18

Ahead of the formal return of the Scottish Parliament this week, I was in Edinburgh on Sunday for the annual cricket match between MSPs and journalists.  Having been soundly and consistently beaten over recent years, optimism in the MSP dressing room was not high. To the surprise of most, however...

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McArthur Presses Government on Replacement Ferries

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur today called on the Scottish Government to step up the pace in discussions with Orkney Islands Council over replacement ferries for Orkney’s internal services.

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McArthur: Scottish Government leaving police force in the red year after year

Responding to comments from the Scottish Police Federation that the Scottish Government is "not funding the police service adequately", Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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McArthur: Madness of short-term sentencing revealed

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today called for a change in attitude towards short-term sentences, after new statistics released by the Scottish Government showed that 59% of those imprisoned for 3 months or less reoffended within a year of their release.

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McArthur: BTP-Police Scotland merger in turmoil

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said it was time to scrap the merger of the British Transport Police into Police Scotland instead of “muddling through”, after the Scottish Government announced it will "re-examine" its approach in light of fresh warnings from...

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Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed progress in discussions this week aimed at improving facilities at Aberdeen Airport for isles patients.

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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.

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