McArthur regrets no plans at present to introduce Orkney blood collection programme

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS) has confirmed to Orkney MSP Liam McArthur that it has no plans to introduce a blood collection programme in Orkney. 

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Orcadian Column 22/06/17

The public perception of politics as a bear pit, in which participants are constantly at each other’s throat, is perhaps explained by the antics each week at Prime Minister’s or First Minister’s Questions.

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McArthur urges Scottish Ministers to get behind islands athletes

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has urged the Scottish Government to back current and future islands athletes on the eve of Team Orkney arriving in Gotland, Sweden to represent the county at the NatWest Island Games. 

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McArthur responds to NHS Orkney loss of medical records

Following confirmation from NHS Orkney that hundreds of sets of patient notes have been shredded by accident, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said: 

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McArthur welcomes commitment to respect Orkney crofting needs

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today welcomed an acceptance from Crofting Minister Fergus Ewing that crofting regulation should help and not hinder Orkney’s crofters.  

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McArthur: New HIE chief must protect independence of HIE

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has renewed calls for the independence of Highlands and Islands Enterprise to be protected as Highlands and Islands Enterprise appoint Charlotte Wright, the agency’s interim Chief Executive, on a permanent basis.

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McArthur & Scott: Islands Bill must be more than tick box exercise

Northern Isles MSPs Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott have today warned that that proposals for an Islands Bill must “be more than a tick box exercise.”

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McArthur comment on Flybe/Eastern Airways plans

Commenting on the announcement today by Flybe and Eastern Airways that they plan to launch services on a number of routes, including Kirkwall-Aberdeen, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:

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Orcadian Column 23rd May 2017

Targeting the innocent is a hallmark of the cowards who orchestrate or carry out terrorist atrocities. Of course, it takes a special kind of depraved cowardice to make children and young people the focus of such attacks.

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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