Holyrood Highlights - 01.04.22

This week started in the Kirkwall office with the usual series of calls with parliamentary colleagues and my office to discuss the week ahead. I then had a meeting with senior representatives Bank of Scotland to discuss the closure of the Stromness branch later this year. The planned closure of the last bank in Stromness is undoubtedly a blow to the local community. Unfortunately, it seems clear that the decision to close the branch will not be overturned. However, I was keen to stress that there are issues regarding ongoing access to services for businesses and personal customers that still need to be addressed, such as the case for retaining a cashpoint facility in the centre of town. I will continue to press Bank of Scotland on these issues and encourage anyone directly affected by this closure to get in touch.

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Holyrood Highlights - 25.03.22

This week started in the Kirkwall office with the usual series of calls with parliamentary colleagues and my office to discuss the week ahead. My first meeting of the day was with Robert Leslie from THAW to discuss growing concerns about the impact of energy cost increases on rates of fuel poverty locally, as well as the need for clarity around the future funding of THAW, which provides invaluable advice and support to vulnerable households in Orkney. You can find out more about THAW here.

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Holyrood Highlights - 18.03.22

This week started in the Kirkwall office with the usual series of calls with parliamentary colleagues and my office to discuss the week ahead. I then had a largely free diary for the rest of the day which gave me a good opportunity to focus solely on casework and my inbox.  I did, though, have a catch-up with Luke Fraser from ASPIREOrkney, to get an update on the work being done to shape Orkney’s recovery from the pandemic.  Find out more here.

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Holyrood Highlights - 11.03.22

This week started in the Kirkwall office with the usual series of calls with parliamentary colleagues and my office to discuss the week ahead.  As it is Scottish Apprenticeship Week, later in the morning I dropped in at Highland Park Distillery to meet Ryan, a young apprentice electrician, and his colleagues from RS Merrimans.  It was great hearing about his experience and the benefits of work-based learning alongside college studies.  The team at Skills Development Scotland also confirmed that interest in apprenticeships locally, amongst school leavers and businesses, is on the increase.  You can find out more about Scottish Apprenticeships Week here and more of my comments here.

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Holyrood Highlights - 04.03.22

This week's Holyrood Highlights must begin with a reflection on the way in which our community has come together to stand in solidarity with Ukraine Concerns understandably intensified over last weekend with the expected arrival into Flotta of the Sovcomflot tanker, NS Champion.  With the Russian state-owned vessel en-route to Orkney, Alistair Carmichael wrote to the Prime Minister calling on a ban of such vessels entering UK ports which would be in-line with the ban already implemented on Russian airlines.  I raised the growing concerns within the Orkney community with the First Minister and held talks with the Transport Secretary on Saturday, while a vigil was taking place in front of St Magnus Cathedral.  I also kept in contact with OIC and Orkney Harbours.   

 

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Holyrood Highlights - 25.02.22

After a week of recess, I was back in Kirkwall office on Monday, where the day started with meetings with my parliamentarian colleagues and then my office team to discuss the week ahead.  Later in the morning, I had a brief (virtual) catch ups, first with the Scottish Association of Police Superintendents followed by one with colleagues in the Non-Government Bills Unit who are supporting my proposals for a Members Bill on Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults.  The rest of the afternoon was spent dealing with casework and calls to various constituents.

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Holyrood Highlights - 11.02.22

The week began in the Kirkwall office with the usual Monday morning meetings, first with parliamentarian colleagues and then my office team to discuss the week ahead.  I spent the rest of the morning dealing with casework and making calls to constituents.

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Holyrood Highlights - 04.02.22

The week began in the Kirkwall office with the usual Monday morning meetings, first with parliamentarian colleagues and then my office team to discuss the week ahead.  I also had a meeting with various campaign groups involved in supporting my efforts to change the law on assisted dying.  I spent the rest of the morning dealing with casework and making calls to constituents.

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Holyrood Highlights - 28.01.22

I started the week off in the Kirkwall office with the usual series of Monday morning meetings, first with parliamentarian colleagues and then my office team to discuss the week ahead.  I spent the rest of the morning dealing with casework and making a number of calls to constituents.

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Holyrood Highlights - 21.01.22

The week started off in the Kirkwall office with the usual series of Monday morning meetings, first with parliamentarian colleagues and then my office team to discuss the week ahead.  I then held a meeting with the Scottish Ambulance Service to discuss arrangements for first/community responders in a number of the smaller islands. These responders perform an important role, working alongside medical professionals and emergency services, in helping keep their communities safe.  Concerns have arisen, though, about disparities in treatment of teams across different islands. 

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