Crerar report represents end to Highlands and Islands decision making

The Scottish Liberal Democrats have condemned a report published today which recommends the end of the real governance board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise. 

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McArthur urges Minister to clear up farm payments confusion

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur today called on the Scottish Government to write to all farmers with up to date information on where they stand following the farm payments debacle last year.  

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Orkney should lead the way on managing seabed, says McArthur

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has today reiterated calls on Scottish Government to ensure Orkney is one of the first communities to pilot the management of crown estate assets.

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McArthur urges Loganair to develop service

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur held talks in parliament earlier today with Loganair Chief Executive, Jonathan Hinkles.  With the current franchise arrangement with Flybe due to end at the beginning of September this year, the meeting focused on Loganair’s plans for developing its services in that context.

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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 the Downing Street Rose Garden.  

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