• 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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Securing Safer Scottish Roads – David Stewart

David Stewart MSP, the Shadow Transport Minister has reacted to the release of statistics by the A9 Safety Group which revealed excessive speeding – where drivers were traced travelling at more than 10mph above the speed limit – has fallen 97% since average speed cameras went live on the A9 in October last year.

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Increasing Bus Fares Cause for Concern : David’s support for member’s motion

David is supporting the following member’s motion in the Scottish Parliament ;

Increasing Bus Fares Cause for Concern

That the Parliament notes with concern the announcement by McGill’s Buses that bus fares are being increased at a time when oil prices are tumbling; regrets the increase of 5.6% in the price of some day tickets, and believes that the Scottish Government should act to protect the interests of fare-paying passengers as well as concessionary travel card users.

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Highland MSP has positive meeting with Police Roads Chief

Highlands & Islands MSP, Shadow Minister for Transport and Islands, and road safety campaigner, David Stewart, met Chief Superintendent Iain Murray, Head of Roads Policing with Police Scotland at the Scottish Parliament yesterday

David Stewart said “ I was pleased to get the opportunity to meet with Chief Superintendent Murray today, to discuss many issues in relation to roads policing and roads safety in general”.

“I was advised that Road Safety education is the responsibility of the Local Authorities.

“However, Police Scotland continues to support local initiatives and has an input into such issues through partnership work such as Community Safety Committees and local forums”.

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Tackling Population Decline in Argyll and Bute : David’s speech in the Scottish Parliament debate

The beauty of Argyll and Bute has made it a very desirable area to retire in, although it has also attracted many Highlanders from all over the world returning to their place of birth.

Argyll and Bute has an older age profile and there is a deficit of skilled people of working age, particularly in the 15-to-39 age group.

What can we do to address the population decline?

I endorse the comments of the previous two speakers about the way forward.

I believe that education is a powerful tool in the armoury.

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Diabetes 2 : Text of Q&A between David and Nicola Sturgeon at First Minister’s Questions

David Stewart
The First Minister will be well aware that having type 2 diabetes at a young age increases the chances of complications spiralling, including heart and kidney disease and even premature death.
However, up to 80 per cent of cases of type 2 can be delayed or prevented through lifestyle changes.
Does the First Minister share the vision of Diabetes Scotland of a future without diabetes, which can be achieved by funding research into new treatments and teaching children the importance of a healthy diet and regular exercise?
Surely our aim should be a country free of Scotland’s silent killer.

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David Stewart calls on First Minister to end Scotland’s Silent KIller  

Highlands and Islands MSP, David Stewart the Scottish Parliamentary Diabetes Champion and Co-Convener of the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Diabetes asked the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon to take actions to end “Scotland’s Silent Killer”, type 2 diabetes.