• 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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Gordon Reid from Helensburgh’s achievements – Rhoda’s support for member’s motion

Gordon Reid Wins First Grand Slam—That the Parliament congratulates Gordon Reid from Helensburgh, and his partner, Shingo Kunieda, on their victory in the French Open men’s wheelchair doubles; understands that Gordon started playing wheelchair tennis in 2005 after contracting transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder, shortly before turning 13;

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Mental Health (Scotland) Bill – Rhoda’s speech in the debate

It is clear that mental health legislation covers people who are not mentally ill but who have learning difficulties or other conditions such as autism.

Those people need additional support, but their condition is not a mental illness, albeit that at times they may be predisposed to mental illness due to their isolation from wider society.

We need laws that not only support and protect such people but go further to integrate them into society—perhaps we need laws to change societal attitudes and structures so that people do not face the barriers and attitudes that prevent them from playing their full part.

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Scottish Labour Calls For SAMS Assistance

Scottish Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and Johann Lamont, have added their support to calls for the Scottish Government to step in and prevent job losses at the world renowned Scottish Association for Marine Science.

“These job loses will have a dramatic effect on an already stressed local economy, “ said Mrs Grant, “but just as worrying is the effect that this may have on the important work carried out at SAMS.

“The loss of 10% of your workforce, “continued Mrs Grant, “is a blow to any organisation.

“Whether the jobs are lost by redundancy or, so called, ‘natural wastage’ is immaterial.

“It still means that SAMS have 13 skilled employees less than before and will be less able to carry out work to the same high level as has become the expected norm.”