• 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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Shadow Islands Minister lauds NHS Western Isles for ground-breaking procedure

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, and the newly appointed Shadow Minister for the Islands, David Stewart, is praising health officials on the Western Isles for their ground-breaking screening procedures.

There has been an initiative throughout Scotland over the last 7 years or so to run a pilot screening programme for members of the public over 40 years of age to look for objective signs of high risk cardiovascular disease.

This screening had in its origin a focus on more deprived areas.

Due to the heterogeneous population in the Western Isles where rich and poor live side by side however, NHS Western Isles worked with national and northern colleagues to develop the Keep Well and Well North screening programmes and opted for a dedicated team to provide a generic screen for the islands’ population.

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Congratulations to Scotland’s Island Councils and to Isles FM

Congratulations to Scotland’s Island Councils

That the Parliament congratulates the leaders and chief executives of the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland councils on winning the Leadership category at Holyrood magazine’s inaugural Scottish Public Service Awards;

Congratulations to Isles FM

That the Parliament congratulates everyone at the community radio station, Isles FM, which is wholly run by volunteers, on it winning the Traditional Music in the Media award at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards 2014,

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New Shadow Islands Minister congratulates Islands Councils

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, and the new Shadow Minister for Transport and Islands, David Stewart, has tabled a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating Scotland’s three island councils on winning the Leadership category at Holyrood magazine’s inaugural Scottish Public Service Awards.

This award follows on from the leaders of these three authorities jointly winning the Scottish Local Politician of the Year Award in 2013 for the campaign, Our Islands: Our Future.

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Highland MSP and road safety campaigner questions police response to road safety  

Highlands & Islands MSP and road safety campaigner David Stewart has welcomed the fact that Police Scotland are focussed on dealing swiftly and effectively with road traffic offences such as dangerous driving, careless driving and drink or drug related driving revealed by the increase in prosecution for such offences this week.

He said,

“ I am heartened to learn that the Police are taking positive action in relation to serious road traffic related offences.

“However, I have some concerns that they are targeting the driver in order to uncover any offences, including minor ones, in an attempt to increase prosecutions and therefore show by default that they are maybe making our roads safer, which may not of course be the case”.

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Bona Lighthouse –a building to proud of once again

David Stewart MSP is delighted to congratulate Scottish Canals and its partners on the restoration of Bona Lighthouse which stands at the northern entrance to Loch Ness.

He said,

“Scottish Canals, along with their partners Vivat Trust and Historic Scotland, have done a wonderful job in giving this building a new lease of life.

“Once again, this lighthouse will be a magnificent landmark at the head of Loch Ness.