Orcadian 26/02/19

If the works of Winnie the Pooh are to be believed, and I accept there is conflicting evidence, Tiggers are highly excitable creatures with a tendency to leave a trail of destruction in their wake.

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McArthur Presses for Funding for Men’s Shed

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has pressed Scottish Ministers to look at ways in which health spending might be used to support Men’s Sheds in tackling social isolation and mental ill health.

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McArthur Raises Saltire Prize with First Minister

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has received assurances from the First Minister that the Saltire Prize for Tidal Energy has been recast in such a way as to benefit the sector.

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McArthur Welcomes Government Re-Think on Fuel Poverty

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has welcomed confirmation that the Scottish Government intends to take steps to ensure its Fuel Poverty Bill recognises the higher costs faced by those living in remote rural and island areas.  

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McArthur Welcomes Regional Policy Advisors

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today welcomed the appointment by NFU Scotland of regional policy advisors for the islands, based in Orkney and Shetland.

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McArthur re-iterates need for Island Proofing on Fuel Poverty Awareness Day

To mark Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has called for forthcoming legislation to be properly ‘island proofed’.

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My Orcadian Column 14/2/19

If the only things certain in life are death and taxes, for a political career mishandling of the latter can often lead to the former.

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McArthur receives assurances over island dimension to future farming policy

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has received ministerial assurances that the needs of island farmers and crofters will be taken into account as the government develops plans for future agriculture policy. Mr McArthur was also invited to make recommendations on who might be involved in any advisory group set up to take forward this work.

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Learning in later life with U3A gains MSP support

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, met earlier this week with representatives of U3A who were in parliament showcasing the work the organisation does. Mr McArthur joined MSPs from across the party spectrum in showing support for U3A and confirmed that he is looking forward to attending a meeting of the U3A group in Orkney later this year to discuss life as an MSP and discover more about what the group does locally in the islands.

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McArthur expresses concern at delays in high speed broadband roll out

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur MSP has expressed concern at delays in the roll out of the Scottish Government’s broadband programme while repeating his call for investment to be prioritised at areas, such as Orkney, with the poorest coverage

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