• Rhoda Grant MSP – Views sought on Scottish Fire Service shake-up

    Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, 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.

    The call for opinions came from the Justice Committee the day after the decision was announced to reduce the number of fire controls in Scotland from eight to three.

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  • Rhoda Grant – Parliamentary question on priorities in Tourism in 2014

    Rhoda Grant: Will the cabinet secretary join me in congratulating Lewis, Harris and the Western Isles on coming top of TripAdvisor’s top 10 European islands?

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  • Rhoda Grant joins the fight against breast cancer

    Rhoda Grant MSP for the Highlands and Islands and the Shadow Minister for Wellbeing has joined the fight against breast cancer by taking part in Breast Cancer Campaign’s biggest (and pinkest) fundraiser, wear it pink day.

    Over the last 10 years wear it pink has raised a staggering £23 million and on Friday 25 October 2013 people will come together in schools, colleges and businesses across Scotland to raise vital funds for Breast Cancer Campaign’s lifesaving research.

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Rhoda’s member’s motion on Scottish Union Learning Successes

Rhoda’s member’s motion on Scottish Union Learning Successes

Scottish Union Learning Successes

That the Parliament congratulates the nine learners from the Highlands and Islands who took part in a pilot, trade union-led, learning scheme and have now graduated with a Certificate of Higher Education in Business and Management;

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Abellio Blasted by MSP For Far North No Show

Highland MSP, Rhoda Grant, who has led the campaign for improvements to the Far North and Kyle Lines for over 6 months blasted new ScotRail operator Abellio at the Points North: North Highland Lines Seminar which took place in Dingwall on the 2nd March.

The seminar, organised by HITRANS, who took part in the panel alongside representatives from First ScotRail and Network Rail (Scotland), was intended to engage with stakeholders and provide information to those in attendance, which included an audience of local rail users, friends of the far north and Kyle line, councillors, MPs and MSPs, with updates about the industry’s plan to get the railway north of Inverness back on track following the recent spate of problems affecting the routes.

New franchise operator Abellio, who will take control of ScotRail from 1st April, sent their apologies

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MSP Pushes Again For Interconnector

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is again putting pressure on government to make progress with the long awaited interconnector which will transmit electricity generated on the islands to the national grid.

Commenting, Rhoda Grant said “Ministers said last year this was top priority and yet nothing has happened. It begs the question what happens if things are not top priority?” She continued “This is a hugely important issue for the islands. The economic benefits for communities in exporting generated electricity is huge. Progress must be made on this, and soon.”

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North MSP rallies to support Moray Hydrotherapy Pool

Highlands & Islands (Including Moray) MSP and Shadow Minister for Health Inequalities and Sport, Rhoda Grant, has once again written to Moray Council about their decision to terminate funding, which assisted the Moray Hydrotherapy Pool Board run the facility based in Forres.

She said, “ I wrote early last month to Moray Council on this issue and the fact that they terminated the £20,000 per year subsidy to the Moray Hydrotherapy Pool, as they claimed after three years the Board of the Hydrotherapy Pool were supposed to raise this revenue themselves through funding”.

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Rhoda’s support for members’ motions

Mesh Continues to be Implanted in Scotland—That the Parliament notes that the former Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil, told the Public Petitions Committee on 17 February 2014 that “If the health boards receive a letter from the acting chief medical officer with the backing of the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, it would be highly unlikely and highly unacceptable if they did not agree to the request” [to suspend the use of transvaginal mesh]; understands that, since this statement, many more Scottish women have been implanted with mesh and that from April to September 2014, 339 women had such a procedure and figures for the rest of 2014 are not yet available, and, given what it considers the powerful evidence presented at the Public Petitions Committee on 24 February 2015 by the US lawyer, Adam Slater, is concerned about the potential health impact of this on the women concerned and the financial consequences for the NHS.