Holyrood Highlights 15.11.19

It was a cool, crisp Sunday morning for the Remembrance commemorations last weekend, with the public turning out in force at events across the county. I had the privilege, once again, of being invited to attend proceedings on the Kirk Green and in the Cathedral in Kirkwall, following an excellent parade led by the Kirkwall City Pipe Band.  You can read more about the commemoration here.

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Holyrood Highlights 08.11.19

The crowds were out in force last weekend for the Kirkwall ‘Big BID Day Out’ and it was fantastic to see the town and local shops bustling with people.  The event was brilliantly organised, with a great variety of attractions, although the carousel undoubtedly stole the show!  Congratulations to everyone involved at Kirkwall BID on a highly successful weekend, despite the atrocious weather on Saturday, and you can read more here.

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Holyrood Highlights 01.11.19

It was really only a matter of time until a General Election was called.

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Holyrood Highlights 11.10.19

As if my recent foray into the worlds of cookery and ballet weren’t enough, I found myself speed dating on Monday evening. Political speed dating that is, but a new experience nonetheless.

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Holyrood Highlights 04.10.19

I can finally relate to the well-known line from cookery programmes that the contestants are ‘feeling the heat.’ As the day of the Orkney Celebrity Masterchef competition drew closer, the nerves grew and so last weekend saw me desperately getting in some much-needed, last minute practice.

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Holyrood Highlights 27.09.19

With woolly hat and wellies, I started my week on a misty Monday morning at Echna Loch Bay, where I joined other volunteers for the Great British Beach Clean, organised by Scottish Sea Farms. With public concern over marine pollution, particularly the plastics in our seas, on the increase, it was a timely reminder of the importance of keeping our beaches tidy and tackling ocean pollution. You can read more about the Great British Beach Clean here, and the event at Echna Loch Bay here.

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Holyrood Highlights 20.09.19

It was a slightly more relaxing Sunday than I had originally planned as the Five Barriers Run in aid of Amnesty International was unfortunately cancelled due to high winds.  The event is likely to be rescheduled and you can keep track of updates here.

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Holyrood Highlights 13.09.19

A new week, a new Liberal Democrat MP. Last Saturday, we welcomed Angela Smith to our party following earlier defections by Luciana Berger and Phillip Lee.  This swelling of Lib Dem numbers in parliament is welcome, but driven by the alarming actions of the current Prime Minister, who seems intent on allowing the UK to crash out of the EU without a deal on 31st October.

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Holyrood Highlights 06.09.19

Well, since the last parliamentary term ended, the country has changed Prime Minister, Beatrice Wishart has become Shetland’s first female parliamentarian and Sanday almost pulled off a fairytale finish in an exciting and memorable Parish Cup run. Whoever thought that summer recess would be quiet?

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Holyrood Highlights 07.06.19

Well, last weekend delivered mixed emotions on the sporting front. I was in Shetland for the Junior Inter County competition, where Orkney unfortunately lost out to their hosts who retained the Stuart Cup for a third year in a row. While Orkney’s impressive netball team offered hope of a late fight back, it was Shetland who came out on top in the other four sports. In each, however, the relatively young Orkney competitors did enough to give optimism for future JICs. Meantime, you can read more about what happened here.

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