Orcadian Column, 8 June 2021

These days, the mere thought of having to sit exams again is enough to bring me out in cold sweats. By and large I did fine at school and university, but the run up to exam time was always enormously stressful and the aftermath a blessed relief.

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McArthur calls out confusion over Level 0 guidance

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has today written to the Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery, John Swinney, about concerns over apparent inconsistencies of the way restrictions are being applied. 

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McArthur raises concerns over a tariff-free UK-Australia Trade Deal on Orkney's farming industry

Speaking in a debate last night (Tuesday) in parliament on the Impact on Scottish Agriculture of Tariff-free Trade Deals, Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, raised concern about the cumulative impact successive deals might have in "undercutting" the farming industry in Orkney.

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McArthur recognises Carers' Week 2021

Orkney MSP, Liam McArthur, has recognised the role of unpaid carers in Orkney as part of Carers' Week 2021.    

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McArthur responds to Level 0 move

Confirmation that Orkney is moving to Level 0 is great news and reflects the consistently positive situation we have seen in the islands for some time now. That has only been made possible by the extraordinary success of the local vaccine roll out programme and the efforts made by people in Orkne...

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McArthur calls for an end to broken broadband promises

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has today written to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Kate Forbes, calling for greater local coordination to fill the gaps in the islands’ broadband connectivity. 

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McArthur responds to inter-isles ferry fare concerns

Commenting on proposals to overhaul Orkney’s inter-island ferry fares, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur commented: “For years, Orkney’s internal ferry services has fallen below the government’s own minimum standard when it comes to cost and frequency.  So funding to help reduce fares and increase servi...

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Northern Isles MSPs call for an island-proofed plan for recovery

Northern Isles MSPs Liam McArthur and Beatrice Wishart have today written to the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery, John Swinney, to ask that the islands are “front and centre of Scottish Government thinking”, ahead of a cross party steering group due to be meet next week. The ...

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For roughly five minutes last Friday, thanks to the efficiency of the count operation in Orkney, I commanded a ‘supermajority’ in the Scottish Parliament. A string of SNP wins elsewhere soon turned the tables, but for much of the afternoon I was THE official opposition.

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Liam has strong ties with Orkney. He attended Sanday school and Kirkwall Grammar. Liam has worked for European Commission, as a consultant helping charities and as a Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister, then former MP and MSP for Orkney Jim Wallace. A football enthusiast, Liam played in Orkney's inter-county team and for Scottish Universities, while captain of Edinburgh University. In Parliament, Liam is the Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy, Young People and Education.

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