Holyrood Highlights 7/9/18

Ahead of the formal return of the Scottish Parliament this week, I was in Edinburgh on Sunday for the annual cricket match between MSPs and journalists.  Having been soundly and consistently beaten over recent years, optimism in the MSP dressing room was not high. To the surprise of most, however, we bowled out the journalists for 118 and chased down the runs with plenty of overs to spare. As well as taking the wicket of The Scotsman’s Tom Peterkin, I had the satisfaction of walloping 28 unbeaten runs in appropriately agricultural style!

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McArthur Presses Government on Replacement Ferries

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur today called on the Scottish Government to step up the pace in discussions with Orkney Islands Council over replacement ferries for Orkney’s internal services.

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McArthur: Scottish Government leaving police force in the red year after year

Responding to comments from the Scottish Police Federation that the Scottish Government is "not funding the police service adequately", Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP said:

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McArthur: Madness of short-term sentencing revealed

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today called for a change in attitude towards short-term sentences, after new statistics released by the Scottish Government showed that 59% of those imprisoned for 3 months or less reoffended within a year of their release.

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McArthur: BTP-Police Scotland merger in turmoil

Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson Liam McArthur MSP today said it was time to scrap the merger of the British Transport Police into Police Scotland instead of “muddling through”, after the Scottish Government announced it will "re-examine" its approach in light of fresh warnings from the national force.

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MCARTHUR WELCOMES PROGRESS IN DISCUSSIONS OVER AIRPORT IMPROVEMENTS’

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed progress in discussions this week aimed at improving facilities at Aberdeen Airport for isles patients.

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McArthur Ensures Parliament CLAN’s 35th Anniversary

CLAN Cancer Support will celebrate its 35th anniversary next month.  In recognition of this landmark, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has lodged a motion in parliament highlighting CLAN’s excellent and wide-ranging work in support of those affected by cancer.

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McArthur on “impressive achievement” of Orkney tidal turbine

Responding to the news that Scotrenewables’ latest tidal turbine has generated more power in its first year, than the combined output so far produced by the sector as a whole, Liberal Democrat MSP for Orkney Liam McArthur has today urged renewable energy stakeholders to ride the wave of success, in order to establish Orkney, and Scotland, as leaders in marine energy.

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Payment problems still affecting farmers in Orkney, says McArthur

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur today warned that the Scottish Government’s much troubled farm payment system was still affecting farmers in Orkney.  Figures revealed that 492 farming businesses are still waiting to receive CAP funding from the 2017 funding round, including 15 in Orkney.

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McArthur Seeks Reassurances for New Agricultural Businesses

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has written to the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP to seek assurances that new entrants into the agriculture are not being abandoned.  This follows an announcement by the Scottish Government that the New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme, which is a key plank of the Scottish Rural Development Programme, is to be closed.

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