• 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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Congratulations to Professor Jun Wei – Rhoda’s support for David Stewart’s motion

Congratulations to Professor Jun Wei

That the Parliament congratulates the scientist, Jun Wei, who is based in Inverness, on being made a professor by the University of the Highlands and Islands; notes that Professor Wei was awarded the title in recognition of his contribution to the university’s division of health research based at the Centre for Health Science in Inverness; notes that Professor Wei conducts research into conditions including schizophrenia, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and stroke

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Rhoda’s speech in debate on Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

The most serious concern around TTIP relates to the NHS and our public services.

The Scottish Government and the UK Government have increased the role of the private sector in our health service, and that could leave us vulnerable if, under TTIP, American companies were able to come in and bid for the contracts to provide those services.

Unison raised concerns with the committee around public services.

It called for an unequivocal exclusion of public services from the TTIP negotiations.

It said that there should be a positive list that included what was covered rather than excluding certain things, as is normally the case for trade agreements.

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Another Iconic Tourist Attraction Opens in Orkney – Rhoda’s member’s motion

Another Iconic Tourist Attraction Opens in Orkney

That the Parliament congratulates Chivas Brothers on the opening to the public of the Scapa distillery in Orkney for the first time in its 130-year history; understands that the company plans to educate malt connoisseurs about the distillery’s unique production process, provenance and quality; believes that this venture has established two permanent and two seasonal jobs; considers that it will add to Orkney’s many iconic tourist locations, and wishes everyone at the distillery all the best.

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Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland – Rhoda’s support for motion

The ALLIANCE Reaches 1,000th Members

That the Parliament congratulates the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) on reaching its 1,000th member; acknowledges what it sees as the contribution that the organisation, which was set up in 2006, has made to help achieve a Scotland in which disabled people, people living with long-term conditions and unpaid carers have a strong voice and enjoy their right to live well;