• 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 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.

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Support for Member’s motion

David has given his support to the following member’s motion

Access to Credit Union Services

That the Parliament congratulates the City of Edinburgh Methodist Church and the Capital Credit Union on their new joint credit union scheme, which aims to offer affordable loans and mortgages as an alternative to payday borrowing; welcomes the 22 commitment by the church staff and trained volunteers to offer weekly workshops that aim to provide access to credit union services to churchgoers and across the wider community, and further welcomes the plans by the Methodist Church in Scotland to work with the Church of Scotland and the Church of England to launch the Churches‘ Mutual Credit Union on 1 October 2014.

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North MSP Plea to Minister to Reduce Cycle Route Disruption

Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart questioned the Scottish Government in Parliament today over the possibility of rerouting the “Deliotte Ride Across Britain 2014” cycle tour which involved around 800 cyclists travelling from Land End to John O’Groats over a nine day period, which is due to include a stretch through the Lochaber area on the A82.

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Department for International Development – Speech in the Scottish Parliament debate  

I congratulate Margaret McCulloch on securing this evening’s debate and on her thoughtful opening speech.

Presiding Officer, 1997 was a crucial year for international development. Labour was swept to power in the Westminster landslide victory and it was committed to a step change in both foreign aid and debt relief.

The Overseas Development Administration was scrapped and replaced by the Department for International Development, and the UK Parliament was one of the first in the world to have a fully fledged Cabinet minister for international development at the heart of Government.

At the time, I was a young, fresh-faced back bencher, strange as that may seem now, and I was on the all-party group for international development. I knew the Secretary of State for International Development, Clare Short, well.

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Response to request by Police Scotland to HM Inspectorate of Scotland to review its deployment of firearms officers.

David Stewart has responded to the request by Police Scotland to HM Inspectorate of Scotland to review its deployment of firearms officers.

He welcomed the news, saying,

“ The whole issue surrounding the arming of a small number of Police Officers has become very contentious, especially in the Highlands & Islands.