• Forres Police Public Counter – Sign the petition

    Highlands & Islands MSP David Stewart has written to Moray and Aberdeenshire Police Scotland Commander, Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren, seeking an explanation as to why Forres Police public counter is not open to the public for the same period as the counters at Buckie and Nairn.

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  • David Stewart – Views sought on Scottish Fire Service shake-up

    Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, David Stewart and Rhoda Grant, are appealing to people throughout the region to respond to the request from the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee for written views on the reform of the fire and rescue service.

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  • Automatic External Defibrillators for Sheltered Housing Communities

    Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart is calling on local Councillors whose wards contain areas of sheltered housing ,managed by a warden, to consider investing in an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED).

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Support for Members’ Motions

BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh
That the Parliament congratulates the University of Edinburgh on being awarded a grant to support its British Heart Foundation (BHF) Centre of Research Excellence for the next five years; notes that the university is one of only six in the UK to be given this; notes that the centre was initially established in 2008 as part of a six-year scheme that invested £34 million across four universities, with a further £24 million provided in 2013 for an additional five years; considers such centres to be innovative and notes that the total investment in Edinburgh is now £29 million; believes that this approach is invaluable in pioneering new approaches to tackle cardiovascular disease and in helping to support a new generation of pioneering researchers working to save lives across the UK; understands that the scheme has helped to advance the fight against the condition by supporting the launch of 85 research projects throughout the UK, and congratulates the BHF and all of the researchers who are working hard to save lives by developing new treatments and helping to tackle the UK’s single biggest killer disease.

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Oral question in Parliament on Type 2 Diabetes (Research)

David Stewart To ask the Scottish Government what research has been undertaken to determine if there is a link between the intake of sugar and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes.

The Minister for Public Health (Michael Matheson): The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition published its draft report for consultation on the links between intakes of carbohydrates, including sugars, and health on 26 June 2014.

The advisory committee report referred to evidence suggesting that sugary drinks are associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes in adults.

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Agricultural Wages Come into Line with the Scottish Living Wage – Motion supported

That the Parliament welcomes the announcement of an increase in the minimum wage for agricultural workers to £7.14 per hour from 1 October 2014; notes that this 15p hourly increase for workers with over 26 weeks continuous employment, which has been agreed by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board, brings the minimum wage for a 39-hour week to £278.46; recognises that this increase will see the minimum agricultural wage rate come closer to the recommended Scottish living wage of £7.65 per hour, and encourages other sectors of employment to take note

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Recent Parliamentary questions

David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with (a) Transport Scotland, (b) The Highland Council and (c) Lochaber Chamber of Commerce regarding traffic congestion in Lochaber.

Keith Brown: Transport Scotland is part of the Scottish Government and meetings with ministers occur regularly in the normal course of business. Transport Scotland has quarterly liaison meetings with The Highland Council on trunk road issues.

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David Stewart Discusses Brora Job Losses with First Minister

David Stewart has spoken directly with the First Minister, Alex Salmond about the future of jobs in Sutherland following the announced closure of the Serco call centre in Brora.

Mr Stewart highlighted the devastating impact the loss of 21 jobs at the Serco site would have to Sutherland and the local community during First Ministers Questions in the Scottish Parliament last month, and was offered a meeting with the FM to discuss the situation.