McArthur responds to new licence for goose management

Responding to the news that Scottish Natural Heritage will issue a new licence for greylag goose control in Orkney, local MSP Liam McArthur commented:

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McArthur calls for strike compromise to avoid disruption to Orkney Folk Festival

Responding to news that a strike date set by Air Traffic Controllers working for HIAL, following a breakdown in the talks set up to resolve the pay dispute, coincides with the first day of the Orkney Folk Festival, local MSP Liam McArthur commented:

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McArthur: R100 programme delivery plan gives “cause for concern”

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has voiced concern over delays in the Scottish Government’s programme for delivering high speed broadband to 100% of properties across Scotland. The Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands, Paul Wheelhouse, has admitted in response to a Parliamentary Question that the tendering process for delivering the so-called R100 programme will only be complete by the end of 2019, a full two years after it was first launched.

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McArthur responds to Northern Isles ferry tender update

Responding to confirmation by the Scottish Government that the tendering of the Northern Isles ferry contract will proceed as set out in the original documentation, following the Court of Session ruling earlier this month, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur appealed for 'real improvements' to the service. 

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McArthur: Deposit Return Scheme will help clean up our climate and seas

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has responded today to the announcement that a 20p Deposit Return Scheme is to be introduced across Scotland by 2021 by urging the Government to account for rural needs, and avoid unintended consequences. 

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McArthur pledges support for increasing Parkinson’s support in Orkney

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has used a Members’ Business debate in parliament today to highlight the need to improve the services available for people with Parkinson’s in Orkney.

There are estimated to be over 60 people living with Parkinson’s in Orkney. However, with no local specialist support available, these affected have to rely on services provided by NHS Grampian.

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McArthur responds to legal decision on ferry subsidies

Today, the Court of Session has reached a decision in relation to a legal challenge to Scottish Government ferry subsidies, concluding that the proposed contract for the Northern Isles ferry services is not unlawful. 

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McArthur demands action to meet Orkney’s growing freight needs

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has again pressed the government to take action to ensure the growing demands for freight capacity on Northern Isles ferry routes are met in future.  

At General Questions in Parliament today, Mr McArthur reminded the Islands Minister, Paul Wheelhouse of reassurances that had been given by the First Minister, when her raised the matter with her back in September 2018, following serious concerns having been raised by key sectors of the Orkney and Shetland economies. 

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Orkney’s MSP pledges to fight MS during MS Awareness Week

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur pledged his support for the crucial research being done in Scotland to stop MS.

This Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Awareness Week (22-28 April), MS Society Scotland were in the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the important role research plays in the lives of people affected by MS.

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McArthur calls for urgent clarity from the European Commission over RET decision

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has written to the European Commission and the Scottish Government seeking an urgent update on when a decision will be taken on proposals for Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) on Northern Isles ferry routes.

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