• 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 to meet Health Minister over isles health concerns  

Shadow Minister for Health Inequalities, Rhoda Grant MSP, is to meet with Shona Robison, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, to discuss a number of issues which have been raised with her over recent weeks.

Rhoda Grant said, “Issues including bed blocking in Stornoway, bed reduction in the Uists, access to out of hours care, lack of health visitors and GP cover in wards have all been raised with me recently – some by individuals, some by politicians, some by community groups, some even anonymously.”

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Development of MOD Raasay Ranges

Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has welcomed the MOD’s reassurance that they will undertake a comprehensive consultation before reaching any decision about the development of their underwater ranges in the Inner Sound between Raasay and Applecross.

“In reply to my enquiries,” said Mrs Grant, “the MOD has assured me that it is their intention to consult fully with local communities and fishermen before any decision is made about the proposed development of their ranges.”

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Rhoda’s speech in the debate on the Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

I will speak specifically about section 68 of the bill, which will introduce a licensing regime for sexual entertainment venues such as lap-dancing clubs.

I pay tribute to Sandra White for the work that she has done on the issue over the years; I am sure that she is very pleased that the bill has been introduced.

The licensing of such venues became an issue in Inverness, where the licensing committee said that it was powerless to prevent a licence from being granted to a lap-dancing club in the city, despite the violence against women partnership’s warning about the impact that such a venue would have on the area.

I therefore welcome the move to empower local authorities to prevent such clubs from opening in our towns and cities.

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UK National Stalking Awareness Day

Highlands and Islands MSP and Shadow Minister for Health Inequalities, Rhoda Grant, has welcomed this year’s UK National Stalking Awareness Day initiative to put spotlight on raising awareness to the dangers of stalking amongst young people.

She has secure a members debate on the issues, at 5:00pm 22nd April, during the UK National Stalking Awareness Week, which runs from 20 – 24th April 2015.

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National Stalking Awareness Day Rhoda’s speech in her Member’s Debate

Rhoda’s motion for the debate in the Scottish Parliament

That the Parliament recognises National Stalking Awareness Day, which falls on 18 April 2015; notes that the focus for this year’s activities keeps the spotlight on raising awareness of the dangers of stalking among young people; understands that the 2010 NUS report, Hidden Marks, highlighted that 60% of college students experienced stalking; further understands that research shows that stalking among young people is being overlooked in favour of bullying; welcomes this focus for the 2015 National Stalking Awareness Day and believes that it will both help raise awareness of stalking and have it recognised as much as a young person’s problem as it is an adult’s, and believes that bullying in its severest form is stalking.

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MSP welcomes health board’s community storm action  

Highlands and Islands MSP and Shadow Minister for Health Inequalities, Rhoda Grant, has welcomed proactive action being taken by NHS Highland to mitigate disruption during power failures.

After meeting with engineers who braved appalling weather conditions to reconnect homes and properties during the atrocious storms experienced in January, the MSP wrote to all health boards in the Highlands and Islands region advising them of Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution’s ‘Priority Services Register’, encouraging the health boards to promote the register amongst vulnerable people in their area.

Mrs Grant says she is pleased to be advised by the Chief Executive of NHS Highland, Elaine Mead, that they work closely with SSE and have active engagement with them during response to severe weather/power outages.