McArthur reveals two thirds of prisons at or exceeding capacity

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP has today warned that “people are being packed into prisons like sardines” after a parliamentary question revealed that the occupancy rate of nine prisons was 100% or higher last month.

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Northern Isles MSPs comment on invitation to tender for the Northern Isles Ferry Services

Commenting on today’s Scottish Government’s decision to issue tender documents to shipping companies wanting to provide lifeline passenger and freight service between the Northern Isles and the Scottish mainland, Isles MSP’s Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott said,

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North Isles MSPs keep pressure on Government over Northern Isles ferry service

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur have written to the Islands Minister, Paul Wheelhouse to seek clarity on Government progress towards tendering the next ferry service contract, and on the full implementation of RET.

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My Orcadian Column 17/1/19

It may be an exaggeration to say that Nicola Sturgeon is fighting for her political life, but the deepening rupture with her long-time friend and political mentor, Alex Salmond has plunged her administration into crisis over the last few days.

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McArthur Presses Government on Local Abattoir

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has secured agreement from the Rural Economy Secretary, Fergus Ewing to look again at potential options for securing a locally-based abattoir in Orkney.

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Orkney Leading the Charge on Electric Vehicles, says McArthur

Orkney Leading the Charge on Electric Vehicles, says McArthur

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, yesterday used a debate in parliament on Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) to highlight the progress Orkney is making towards carbon free transport.

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My Orcadian Column 20/12/18

Orcadian 20/12/18

One consequence of Brexit clogging up every conceivable media outlet at present is that other news stories struggle to get any coverage or airtime at all. 

 

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McArthur repeats demands for the Government to take rural fuel poverty seriously

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has once again pressed the Scottish Government to take proper account of the needs of rural and island areas in its Fuel Poverty Bill. 

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McArthur Urges Minister to robustly challenge HIAL plans to centralise air traffic control services

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has urged the Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP, to be ‘more robust’ in challenging proposals by Highland and Islands Airports ltd (HIAL) to centralise air traffic control services in Inverness.

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North Isles MSPs highlight fuel price discrepancy

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur have lodged a motion in Parliament highlighting the significant discrepancy between isles fuel prices and mainland Scotland. Islanders have long criticised the disproportionate price increase they face when filling up.

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