Highlands & Islands MSP, David Stewart who has been working with colleagues and UNISON to secure Police Support Staff roles in the North, (which includes Highlands & Islands, Argyll & Bute and Moray), has revealed that as a result of an FOI (Freedom of Information ) request to Police Scotland, that nine Police Support Staff have accepted voluntary redundancy/early retirement from Moray Division in the last 10 months with another nine showing an interest and looking at this option.
Highlands & Islands MSP and road safety campaigner, David Stewart who set up the Sensible Driving – Always Arriving campaign, back in 2010, after the death of two local Inverness teenagers, has not given up his hope to have a graduated licence scheme for young and new drivers introduced in Scotland as a pilot.
35 Years of the Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
That the Parliament pays tribute to what it considers the vitally important work of the Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre; considers that the need for rape crisis and sexual abuse services is very sadly greater than ever and that over 400 survivors were supported last year
Motion proposed by David Stewart
Melbourne Declaration on Diabetes
That the Parliament notes that the first meeting of the global Parliamentary Champions for
Diabetes Forum was held in Melbourne from 30 November to 2 December 2013;
understands that there are an estimated 382 million people with diabetes, including in
the Highlands and Islands, and that this number is expected to rise to 592 million by
Local MSP and long time road safety campaigner, David Stewart MSP, who jointly launched the HGV 50mph campaign in December 2012, has welcomed the decision by the Transport Minister, Keith Brown to pilot a 50mph speed limit on the A9 for HGVs.
UHI Student of the Year 2013
That the Parliament congratulates Jim Robertson from Forres on being named the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) Student of the Year; understands that, despite the challenge of having two rare genetic neurological conditions, Jim completed a BSc in computing with distinction; believes that his story is an inspiration to all in overcoming adversity, and wishes Jim the very best of success in all his future endeavours