• 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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Highland MSP calls on all Politicians irrespective of their political persuasion to come together and ask for a moratorium on Emergency Control Room Closures in the North

Highlands & Islands (including Moray) MSP Rhoda Grant, last week called for a halt to the closure plans for the Police and Fire Control Rooms in the North. Her calls follow the tragic incident on the M9 when a couple, who had crashed a car on the M9 near Stirling, were left without help for three days.

John Yuill was found dead inside the blue Renault Clio last week. His girlfriend, Lamara Bell, later died in hospital.

The HMIC are conducting a review of the Police Control Room handling of this incident.

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Early Speech and Language Development : Rhoda’s Support for Member’s Motion

Early Speech and Language Development

That Parliament welcomes the new report from the Read on Get on campaign; agrees that early attention to language development before entering primary school is critical; notes that, despite the Labour/Liberal Democrat administration introducing free nursery school education for three and four-year-olds and the subsequent expansion of entitlement by the SNP administration, this report states that “Scotland is still one of the most unfair countries in the developed world with family background mattering more to an individual’s life-chances in our country than in many other rich nations; notes that high levels of child poverty are associated with Scotland’s stubborn history of educational inequality, with the lottery of birth mattering more than a child’s efforts at school or their talent

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Rhoda’s Member’s Motion on the Asda Carrier Bag Fund Boost to North Highland Radio

Asda Carrier Bag Fund Boost to North Highland Radio
That the Parliament congratulates North Highland Radio on receiving a loan of £33,000 from the Asda carrier bag fund, which directs the 5p carrier bag charge into communities in order to provide a long-term social and environmental benefit for customers and communities served by the supermarket; notes that the Alness-based social enterprise community radio station won the loan in the first round of investment; understands that the station provides a wide range of specialist and local programmes and is managed by 40 volunteers from all backgrounds across the north Highlands;

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Rhoda backs SSE’s call for resilience planning

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is supporting Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD) in their call urging communities in the north to take advantage of a new fund designed to help them prepare for severe winter weather, before applications close on 31 July.

SHEPD has set up the Resilient Communities Fund for non-profit-making organisations, community groups and charities in their distribution area.

Applications for up to £20,000 will be accepted until 31 July.

Mrs Grant tabled a motion in Parliament earlier this year recognising the efforts of the 1400 SHEPD staff and their partner organisations for their response to the atrocious storms in January which left thousands disconnected.

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North MSP disappointed with Police response to Control Room closure halt calls

Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP Rhoda Grant is disappointed with the response from Police Scotland after her calls for the planned closure of the Police and Fire Controls in Inverness to be halted, pending the on going HMI review into the operating functions of the Police Control Rooms.

The review was set up after the tragic M9 incident in which Police Scotland handling of how a couple, who had crashed a car on this route near Stirling, were left without help for three days.

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Rhoda outraged at lack of empathy with north energy prices

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, is outraged at a response from Minister of State, Andrea Leadsom MP, in which she not only gives little detail on progress being made on the Lewis interconnector but she also appears unwilling to look at national pricing for electricity network charges.

Mrs Grant and her colleague, David Stewart MSP, had written to Amber Rudd MP, the new Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, last month about the Western Isles link and asked her to