• 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 support for members’ motions

Scottish Gaelic Awards 2015

That the Parliament congratulates all the winners at the Scottish Gaelic Awards 2015, which were held in Glasgow on 18 November; acknowledges the assistance of the main sponsors, the Daily Record and Bòrd na Gàidhlig; believes that the event showcases and rewards all aspects of Gaelic culture, education and language, highlighting what it considers the excellent work being undertaken to maintain growth and heritage; understands that the event is a celebration embracing a variety of traditional and modern entertainment, which captures the imagination of the community; congratulates John Angus MacKay on his Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr John MacInnes on his Best Contribution Award, Cuach na Cloinne on winning the Sport Award, Linda MacLeod on winning the Young Gaelic Ambassador of the Year Award, Pròiseact nan Ealan on winning the Arts and Culture Award, Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba on winning the Community, Heritage and Tourism Award, Ceòlas on winning the International Award, e-Stòras on winning the Innovation in Education Award, Ceitidh Smith on winning the Learner Award, Blas Festival on winning the Event Award and Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath on winning the Gaelic as an economic asset Award, and looks forward to another year of innovative and imaginative projects throughout the Gaelteachd.


Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services – Rhoda’s speech in the debate in Parliament

CalMac wants to retain the MV Coruisk. Constituents in Dunoon, too, are calling for that boat to be used on the Dunoon to Gourock route to provide a safe and reliable service for their community.

That is especially the case in the winter months, when that journey can be terrifying, because purpose-built vessels are not fit for purpose.


MSP calls on customers to put pressure on bank to ‘listen to locals’

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, who last week wrote again to the Bank of Scotland asking them to shelve plans to reduce hours at a number of their Sutherland branches until they have consulted with customers, is now asking customers of the bank to make their views known to bank bosses ahead of the proposed date for the changes which is Monday 7 December.

Mrs Grant has received a response to her first letter to bank bosses which advises that the decision to introduce the changes has been made following an extensive review of all of the bank’s branches in Scotland, taking into account the customer footfall in each branch and the alternative branches and banking methods their customers use.


Violence against Women – Rhoda’s speech in the Scottish Parliament debate

There is general agreement that violence against women is caused by gender inequality—an imbalance of power leading to an abuse of power.

Violence against women takes many forms.

In individuals it can include psychological, coercive control, financial control, isolation leading to control of movement, and physical violence.

However it is societal as well, through the commodification, exploitation and portrayal of women.


Rhoda Commends Bute’s Scottish Welcome for Refugees

Highlands and Islands Scottish Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant would like to congratulate the people of Bute as they prepare a warm Scottish welcome for Syrian refugees coming to their community.

“The people of Bute seem to be well on the way to preparing for the warm welcome for the refugees that will help them settle into the community, said Mrs Grant.

“A house in a safe environment may be what is needed,” Mrs Grant continued, “but it is the everyday things that will make these families feel that they have a home in the community.


Rhoda’s support for amendment to member’s motion

Rhoda has given her support to the following amendment to a member’s motion :

The Solway Estuary Haaf-netters

As an amendment to motion S4M-14806 in the name of Joan McAlpine (The Solway Estuary Haaf-netters), insert at end “, and recognises the serious concerns of haaf-netters and anglers on the rivers Annan and Nith regarding the Scottish Government’s proposed wild salmon conservation measures, which, it understands, they believe will end haaf-netting on the Solway and seriously damage both the income of small angling clubs and the local economy”.