McArthur: Northern Isles will not forget ferry fare promises

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur today warned the SNP that people in the Northern Isles will not forget the promises made by the First Minister during the election on ferry fares.

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Thank you for re-electing me as Orkney's MSP

I would like to start by offering my heartfelt thanks to all those who turned out and voted for me in last week’s Scottish Parliament election.

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My final message before Polling Day

Nicola Sturgeon is convinced that Thursday’s Scottish Parliament election is ‘in the bag’ for the SNP.  At the weekend, she confirmed that her attention has already turned to preparations for a second independence referendum.

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My thoughts on Fishing and Agriculture

Orkney has a relatively diverse economy, but farming and fishing remain fundamentally important. According to the last analysis carried out by OIC, around a third of jobs in our islands are linked directly or indirectly to agriculture, while the quality of our food and drink provides a strong underpinning for our vital tourism sector.

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My thoughts on Public Services and Health

Centralisation of public services has been relentless over recent years. From policing and fire and rescue services to health, education and economic development, we have seen control and decision-making increasingly concentrated in the centre under the SNP.

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"Loss of commission is worrying for Orkney tourist sector", says McArthur

NorthLink Ferries Serco Ltd have this week confirmed to Mr McArthur that they are due to withdraw commission to travel agents and tour operators on their standard fares as of July 1st 2016.

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McArthur commits to extending ADS discount

The Scottish Liberal Democrats will go to the polls with a commitment to reintroduce the Air Discount Scheme for business travel from the islands.

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My thoughts on Transport

The urgent need for replacement ferries was reinforced over the last week by the disruption caused when the Varagan was taken out of service a matter of weeks after returning from refit. During my recent visits to the south isles, the message was the same.

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Petition for cheaper ferry fares smashes 1,000 mark

Over 1,000 people in Orkney have signed a petition demanding cheaper ferry fares on routes serving Orkney.

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"Centralisation agenda threatens trauma centre," says McArthur

Orkney Liberal Democrat Candidate Liam McArthur has today said that an expert report from NHS Grampian is right to warn of a "real risk" to patients if Aberdeen misses out on a lifesaving trauma centre.

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