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.
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.
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.
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 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”.
Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, who is part of Scottish Labour’s Shadow Health team, attended a parliamentary reception at Holyrood this week (Tuesday 17 November), hosted by Pancreatic Cancer Scotland and Pancreatic Cancer UK, to help spread the word about the disease during Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
Over 700 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer every year in Scotland, and only about five per cent of patients in Scotland live for five years or more after diagnosis.
Rhoda learned about these dreadful survival rates, and the urgent need for people to be diagnosed earlier, as well as more funding for research and better treatments, at the event.