Northern Isles MSPs seek assurances over future freight capacity

Northern Isles MSPs, Liam McArthur and Beatrice Wishart, have today (Friday) written to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport seeking assurances that the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland have in place sufficient contingency to allow Orkney and Shetland’s freight needs to be met over the coming months.
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Island MSPs pressure Scottish Government to fix island college funding shortfall

Cross-party MSPs representing the three main island groups, Orkney, Shetland, and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, have today (Monday) written to the Minister for Higher and Further Education, Jamie Hepburn, to call for an uplift in funding for island colleges to address a specific shortfall in their budgets. 

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McArthur responds to HIAL Air Traffic Control Strike Action

This is bad news given the inevitable disruption any strike action will have on our lifeline air services. These are services that have already been badly affected by the pandemic, so this is the last thing that is needed.

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Update on Breast Screening Programme in Orkney

The Breast Screening Programme is currently unable to provide screening appointments for women out with 50-71 years due to the need to catch up with the backlog of the eligible age group because of the pause to screening last year.

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Covid-19 Update: 13/07/21

The First Minister today gave the latest Covid-19 update to a virtual session of parliament where she announced several important changes to restrictions. From Monday 19 July, all remaining parts of Scotland will move to level 0. This move will be made with certain modifications, however, which will be applied uniformly across the country.

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Liam responds to Willie Rennie's resignation as Scottish Liberal Democrats Leader

“Willie Rennie has been my friend for over 30 years and I am very sorry to see him stepping down as leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

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McArthur meets Finance Secretary to raise R100 concerns

Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has welcomed a commitment from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Connectivity, Kate Forbes to work with local stakeholders on plans to ensure superfast broadband is rolled out to every household in the islands.

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McArthur calls for evidence from local 'long-covid' patients

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has called on constituents in Orkney experiencing 'long-Covid' after recovering from Covid-19 to come forward with details of their experience. Mr McArthur insists there is a need to understand the level of local demand for 'long-Covid' medical assistance in Orkney.

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McArthur welcomes Orkney Pride

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has today welcomed the start of Orkney Pride celebrations and reaffirmed his commitment to championing equality for those who identify as LGBT+.

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McArthur raises concerns over school sports days restrictions

Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, has today (Wednesday) questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Shirley-Anne Sommerville, over curbs on parents and carers attending school sports days.

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