• 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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David’s address to the International Diabetes Federation in Vancouver as Scotland’s Parliamentary Champion for Diabetes

Last time I asked a Parliamentary question to the Health Minister, I was told there were approximately 280,000 people who were diabetic in Scotland and a further 500,000 who were at high risk of developing Type II.

In addition, 46,000 people have the condition but are undiagnosed.

That means, if my maths is right—which is not a guarantee—there are about 750 undiagnosed diabetes sufferers in each Scottish parliamentary constituency.


David’s support for MSPs’ motions

UCATT Victory over Umbrella Company

That the Parliament notes the recent employment tribunal that was taken out by the construction workers’ union, UCATT, which resulted in a worker receiving almost £4,000 in compensation after having wages unlawfully deducted by a so-called umbrella company; understands that such companies are endemic in the construction industry in Scotland and include businesses working on publicly-procured projects and across other sectors; believes that workers forced to operate via these firms can be up to £100 a week worse off as they are required to pay both employers’ and employees’ national insurance contributions, have their holiday pay rolled up into the rate and pay a weekly administration charge just to be paid in this manner, and, in light of the tribunal’s finding, calls for an urgent review of public procurement rules to ensure that workers are not exploited in this manner and for the introduction of stricter regulations so that employers are required to pay workers on a standard PAYE basis.


Highland MSP queries hold up in Clyde and Hebrides Lifeline Ferry Service

Highlands & Islands MSP and Scottish Labour Transport spokesperson, David Stewart, who secured a debate in the Scottish Parliament this week on the contentious tendering process for the Clyde and Hebrides lifeline ferry routes, has learned from a reliable resource that the process has been delayed or put back a month.

Scottish Labour and the RMT Union have been leading a campaign along with others, including the Scottish Daily Record, to keep these lifeline routes in public hands and out of the control of the private bidder Serco.

David Stewart has uncovered the fact that the Government could seek to opt out from putting these routes out to tender under a European agreement called the Teckal Exemption.


Road Safety Week : Graduated Licence Scheme

Highlands & Islands MSP, (Labour) Transport Spokesman and local road safety campaigner, David Stewart, recently travelled to London and met Andrew Jones, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport and Lilian Greenwood, MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, to discuss his proposed graduated licence scheme (GDL).

For the last five and a half years, David Stewart has pursued many road safety campaigns across the Highlands, Islands and Moray.

The principal campaign being the ‘Sensible Driving – Always Arriving’ campaign, which proposes the introduction of a form of graduated licence.

Speaking this morning, David said, “ 12.5%of all road collisions in Scotland involve a young person aged between 17 and 19 years.


Honour for North MSP

orth MSP David Stewart has been selected by the International Diabetes Federation to represent Scotland at the Parliamentary Champions for Diabetes conference in Canada at the end of the month.

David Stewart, who chairs the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on diabetes said he was greatly honoured to speak at the conference in front of over 100 Parliamentarians from across the globe.

“There are over 280 thousand people in Scotland with diabetes.

“Another 500 thousand are at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and that number is rising every year.

“1 million people are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes as a result of their waist circumference or being overweight.

“That is one in five adults in Scotland” David said.


Your Eyes Save Lives

Highlands & Islands MSP, Scottish (Labour) Spokesperson and road safety campaigner, David Stewart, MSP, who set up the local road safety group NOSDAT (North Of Scotland Driver Awareness Team) has teamed up with Macrae & Dick and Tesco Opticians to raise awareness of this issue through a leaflet campaign.

David Stewart said “ This is another example of how our roads could be made safer.We have drivers on our roads and frankly they cannot see a matter of yards in front of them.”

“How many drivers know that they need to be able to read a number plate at 20.5 metres?Research reveals that 1 in 5 drivers would fail this test.”

“The eyesight test for driving standards was devised in the 1930’s and is totally inadequate for today’s driving conditions.Full eye sight tests should be part of the driving test.”