McArthur welcomes “flexibility” of remote voting in the Scottish Parliament

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has today pressed amendments to the Children (Scotland) Bill as part of the first combined legislating session of the whole Parliament.

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McArthur demands clarity from Ministers on delivery date for RET

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur today (Thursday) demanded clarity from the Scottish Government on when Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) will be delivered on Pentland Firth routes.

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McArthur presses First Minister over bursary support for student paramedics

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Thursday) pressed the Scottish Government to commit to introducing a bursary scheme to support student paramedics.

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McArthur presses Ministers to replace internal ferry fleet

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Thursday) pressed the Scottish Government to agree a way forward in replacing Orkney’s ageing internal ferry fleet.

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McArthur responds to outbreak of Covid cases in Orkney

Responding to news of a rising number of Coronavirus cases in Orkney, Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur commented:

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McArthur criticises lack of progress in tackling unfair delivery charges

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has criticised the lack of progress being made by the Scottish Government in tackling unfair delivery charges affecting rural and island communities.

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McArthur seeks clarity on travel following lockdown in Aberdeen

Following the First Minister’s announcement that lockdown restrictions are being reimposed in Aberdeen after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases were linked to a pub in the area, Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has sought clarity on the implications for those in Orkney needing to travel to or through Aberdeen over the coming days.

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McArthur deeply concerned at SQA methodology for determining Higher results

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has expressed deep concern at reports from across Scotland that thousands of estimated Higher education grades based on teacher predictions have been downgraded by the SQA based on past school performances, disproportionally impacting on students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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McArthur welcomes new support for self-catering businesses

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed the announcement by the Scottish Government of further support for self-catering businesses, a key part of Orkney’s tourism sector. 

A new fund has been announced which will provide grants of up £10,000 to self-catering businesses across Scotland that have been ineligible for support to date.

Over recent months, Mr McArthur has consistently highlighted the plight of businesses that have ‘fallen between the gaps’ in the support provided by UK and Scottish Governments.  He has also supported the campaign, led by the Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers, to extend the assistance available, including to many small businesses in Orkney.

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Isles representatives welcome Islands Growth Deal funding agreement

Northern Isles representatives, Alistair Carmichael MP, Beatrice Wishart MSP and Liam McArthur MSP, have today welcomed the announcement of a £100m funding agreement for the Islands Growth Deal, covering both the Northern Isles and the Western Isles and funded equally between the UK and Scottish governments.

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