Scott and McArthur criticise Scottish Government for putting Northern Isles to the back of the superfast broadband queue

Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have urged the Scottish Government to clarify comments made by Rural Economy and Connectivity Secretary, Fergus Ewing, which suggest that rural and island communities are likely to be the last to benefit from superfast broadband. 

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McArthur and Scott highlight disadvantage caused by higher ferry fares

Orkney and Shetland are at a disadvantage without access to the Scottish Government's cheaper ferry fares scheme, say the islands’ MSPs Liam McArthur and Tavish Scott.

Following news that the Road Equivalent Tariff (RET) has increased car crossings on the Western Coast by up to 80%, the Scottish Liberal Democrat MSPs for the Northern Isles have called on Scottish Ministers to level the playing field and deliver on the SNP’s commitment to fairer costs will be met.

Recent reports have also indicated that ferry services on the West Coast have been struggling to handle additional traffic.

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Freeze in ferry fares falls far short of SNP promises, says McArthur

Commenting as the Minister for Transport and the Islands announces a fare freeze on Northern Isles ferry routes for 2017, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:   

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McArthur meets new Loganair Managing Director to discuss reliability concerns

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur today met with Loganair’s, Jonathan Hinkles, who recently returned to the company to take up the position of Managing Director. 

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Mcarthur Calls On Minister To Back More Local Training For Fire Crews

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur held further discussions today with senior Scottish Fire and Rescue (SFRS) officials about ongoing problems the service faces in attracting and retaining crew members in the islands. These problems have resulted in stations being taken ‘off the run’ and concerns being raised about the potential impact on public safety and property.

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Northern Isles representatives call for stability after referendum result

Following the result of the referendum on the European Union, Orkney and Shetland’s MSPs and MP have called for a period of stability before any decisions about the UK’s withdrawal from the EU are made.

Voters in both Orkney and Shetland supported the UK’s continued membership of the EU, with the remain vote reaching 63.2% and 56.5% respectively. The overall vote across the UK saw 51.9% of voters back the leave campaign. 

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McArthur Welcomes Loganair Plans to Keep Passengers Better Informed

Orkney MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed the announcement by Loganair that it is starting a two month trial, aimed at improving communications with customers.

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Orcadian 21/06/16

There can be no conceivable ‘upside’ to the senseless and brutal murder last week of Labour MP, Jo Cox.  Her death leaves two young children orphaned, a husband and family grief-stricken and our politics much the poorer.

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McArthur calls on Minister to help maintain health service posts in Stromness

Concerns have been raised that 20 jobs, principally from the Community Mental Health Team, are to be relocated from the Town Hall in Stromness to the Balfour hospital in Kirkwall.

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McArthur: armed police policy needs consent and communication

Speaking in response to the statement on armed police in the Scottish Parliament, the justice spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats Liam McArthur MSP said:

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