• 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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Scotland’s Festivals – Speech in the Scottish Parliament debate

We should all remember that festivals are not just social occasions for enjoyment and recreation: they can have a huge impact on local economies.
That is especially true in areas such as the one that I represent.
In remote and rural areas where populations are much smaller, the benefits can be huge as festivals draw in visitors from other areas.
There are not just festivals, as such; there are county shows, highland games and agricultural shows.


Oral Question on lack of funding to provide support and rehabilitation services

Rhoda Grant :
The cabinet secretary will be aware that there is a lack of funding to provide support and
rehabilitation services due to council budget cuts.
That has led to bedblocking in many areas, with the NHS struggling to cope.
He will also be aware of issues around the inadequacy of care when it is available, with care visits of 15 minutes or less.
Although we welcome the additional funding, it is a drop in the ocean of need.
Will he agree that we need a comprehensive, Beveridge-style review of the NHS to make sure that adequate care is available for older people to live independently and securely in our communities?


support for members’ motions in Parliament

World Breastfeeding Week

That the Parliament recognises that World Breastfeeding Week is taking place between 1 and 7 August 2014; understands that the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action and breastfeeding advocates in over 175 countries worldwide will be celebrating the World Breastfeeding Week theme, Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – for Life!, highlighting that achieving the millennium development goals requires more early, exclusive and continued breastfeeding; appreciates that this year’s World Breastfeeding Week theme asserts the importance of increasing and sustaining the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding; considers that breastfeeding brings a number of health benefits to both mothers and babies; encourages the Scottish Government and all NHS boards to make the promotion of breastfeeding and support of breastfeeding mothers a priority, and hopes that further action will result in increased breastfeeding rates in Scotland.


Bunchrew Land Declaration

Highlands & Islands MSP Rhoda Grant, speaking in the business debate in the Scottish Parliament yesterday in support of the motion she lodged in relation to the Bunchrew Land Declaration said :

“Land reform has been an issue I have campaigned on for a number of years as Scotland and the Highlands and Islands in particular lag behind many other European countries in reforming land ownership