• 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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North MSP ask Parliament to recognise success of Karen Gillan

Highlands & Islands MSP and Shadow Transport and Islands Minister, David Stewart, has lodged a motion with the Scottish Parliament congratulating the locally born actress Karen Gillan on her ‘best newcomer’ award at the Empire Awards held in the Grosvenor Park Hotel, London last night.

Speaking this afternoon, David said, “ Karen is a local success story, and her award last night was a break through with regards her new career in film.

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David’s support for Members’ Motions

The Changing Face of Poverty in Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the figures published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in the report, Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion in Scotland 2015, showing that adults under 30 make the biggest share of people experiencing poverty in Scotland; understands that poverty among adults under 30 rose from 190,000 to 220,000 between 2003 and 2013 and that one in eight adults under 25 is unemployed; further understands that there are still high levels of disadvantage in health, education and work; notes the finding that, despite a fall in child poverty in Scotland by 106,000 to 208,000 between 2002-03 and 2012-13, there is still a wide attainment gap between pupils living in deprived and wealthier areas; hopes that these figures will be taken into account in future policies regarding child poverty, and considers that the austerity measures coming from the UK Government are not helping but making things worse as young people are easy targets.

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Shadow Islands Minister adds his congratulations to HebCelt

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP and Shadow Islands Minister, David Stewart, has added his congratulations to the organisers of HebCelt for being named as one of the Top 10 UK Summer Festivals in the world music magazine ‘Songlines’ for the fifth year in succession.

David Stewart who has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament in recognition of this endorsement said,

“This is a tremendous accolade for the Lewis-based festival and for everyone who is involved in making it happen.

“HebCelt has long been acknowledged as one of the best festivals in the north but to continue to receive recognition in the world music magazine is simply fantastic.”

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Stewart Calls for Campbeltown Spaceport  

Highlands and Islands MSP, David Stewart, the Shadow Transport Minister questioned the Scottish Government today over what discussions Scottish Ministers have had with the U.K. Government over the future of the establishment of the U.K.s first Spaceport.

In his question to the Scottish Government, Mr Stewart is asked :

“To ask the Scottish Government what recent discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the establishment of a spaceport?”

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David’s support for members’ motions

Orkney Rugby Club Scottish Rugby’s Club of the Month

That the Parliament congratulates Orkney Rugby Club, which currently leads BT Caledonia Regional League Division 1, on winning Scottish Rugby’s BT Club of the Month award for February 2015 for its first XV’s performances and what it considers its flawless discipline record and fantastic development work; understands that Orkney’s senior team won all its matches in February, against Gordonians (32-10), Glenrothes (27-10) and Mackie Academy (78-7), and has three more games to try to secure the title, which would see the team move into BT National League Division 3 for the 2015-16 season; further understands that the youth teams are performing well, largely due to the work of their development officer, modern apprentice and coaches, and wishes the club well for the remainder of the season, including at the Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner on 29 May 2015, at which it will be on the shortlist for the BT Club of the Season award.