• 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 questions on the Scottish Ambulance Service in Orkney and Shetland

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that Scottish Ambulance Service North Division has sufficient resources to meet demand in (a) Shetland and (b) Orkney.

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reports that there is low morale among Scottish Ambulance Service North Division staff due to poor management.

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on reports that Scottish Ambulance Service North Division has had to use retained crews in order to deal with shortages of trained staff and how it will it ensure that the division has sufficient resources.

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Labour MSP Challenges First Minster on “Equally Safe”

Shadow Minster for Health Inequalities and Sport, Rhoda Grant MSP, today wrote the First Minister to ask what her Government has done to implement “Equally Safe”, Scotland’s strategy for preventing and eradicating violence against women and girls.

Equally Safe was published in June 2014, and stated that a progress report would be published before International Women day 2015.

This deadline has been and gone and no report or update has been published.

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Support for member’s motion

Awareness of Group B Streptococcus

That the Parliament notes with concern what it understands is the lack of public awareness regarding group B streptococcus (GBS) and the effects that it can have on newborn babies; understands that, in the UK, GBS infects over 500 babies every year and that 340 will develop early-onset GBS infection and one in 10 of them will die; believes that the incidence of early-onset GBS infection in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has remained unchanged since prevention strategies were first introduced in 2003 and that, in Scotland, it has increased from 0.21 per 1,000 live births in 2000 to 0.47 in 2012; understands that many countries, including the USA, Canada, Germany and Spain, offer routine testing for GBS at 35 to 37 weeks of pregnancy;

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New questions tabled by Rhoda for answer

To ask the Scottish Government on what date it will announce how it will allocate funding from the (a) Equality, (b) Violence Against Women and Girls, (c) Children‘s Services and (d) Rape Crisis Specific Fund.

To ask the Scottish Government when the Voluntary Action Fund made its recommendations to ministers regarding applications to the (a) Equality, (b) Violence Against Women and Girls, (c) Children‘s Services and (d) Rape Crisis Specific Fund

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Labour welcomes progress on electricity surcharge

Highlands and Islands Labour MSPs, Rhoda Grant and David Stewart, have today welcomed the announcement that a consultation on electricity distribution costs in the North of Scotland is to be launched.

Speaking after the announcement in today’s budget, Rhoda Grant said “This is progress of a fashion.

“It is a step forward but they should equalise distribution costs across the UK as a whole.

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Rhoda Grant MSP Supports Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week

Down’s Syndrome Scotland, which supports people with Down’s syndrome, their families and professionals, organised an exhibition for MSPs at the Scottish Parliament to highlight Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week (16th-22nd March 2015) and the United Nations World Down’s Syndrome Day (Saturday 21st March 2015).

Rhoda Grant MSP welcomed the opportunity to learn a little more about Down’s syndrome to better represent and help constituents.