• 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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North MSPs Make 11th Hour Plea Over SPP Job Losses

Rhoda Grant MSP and David Stewart MSP (Scottish Labour for the Highlands & Islands region including Moray), are backing calls to save jobs in Inverness, Elgin, Golspie and Wick from outsourcing by the Scottish Provincial Press (SPP) to Gurgaon, India.

Unite the Union which represents workers revealed that a contract had been awarded to Express KCS PVT Ltd who will outsource the existing jobs to India.

As a result twelve jobs with SPP across the Highlands and Moray will be shed from the production department, handling pre-press and design work.

Many of those who are set to lose jobs have a long history with the company in some cases spanning over twenty years or more.

Rhoda Grant MSP has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament, raising concern over the impact of job loses to the region.

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Scottish Fire and Rescue Service – Potential industrial action -Rhoda’s Comment

Commenting on the potential industrial action by support staff in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service over pay and conditions, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant said,

“Yet again we see support staff bearing the brunt of cost cutting within the centralised services.

“The level of funding cuts for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service makes it inevitable that there will need to be swingeing cuts.

“That these cuts fall on support staff is shortsighted and unfair.

“Support staff are a crucial part of the service and must be valued as such. “

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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;