• 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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Applecross Inn award – Rhoda’s member’s motion

Applecross Inn Success—That the Parliament congratulates the Applecross Inn in Wester Ross on being named Pub of the Year for 2015-16; understands that this memorable pub has won many awards, including Scotland’s pub of the year 2012 and Highlands and Islands friendliest pub 2015; recognises what it considers the hard work, attention to detail and endeavour of the owner and landlady, Judith Fish, and her team in running such an excellent establishment, and wishes all concerned the very best for the future.

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Lochmaddy bus service will remain under new operator

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, Rhoda Grant, has sought assurances about the future of bus services in North Uist after she was contacted by a concerned constituent.

Rhoda said,

“I was contacted by a constituent who was concerned that the Post Bus service in the Lochmaddy area is to cease from April and it wasn’t clear if it was going to be replaced.”

Rhoda continued,

“I contacted the Comhairle and Royal Mail who operate the service presently and I have been advised that all bus services in Uist were re-tendered and that all of the North Uist services, including the Post Bus service in Lochmaddy, will be operated by Grenitote Travel from April.

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Moray Man Wins Photographic Accolade

The text of Rhoda’s motion reads :

That the Parliament congratulates Ian Cameron, who is from Forres in Morayshire, on being named the Scottish Landscape Photographer of the Year; notes that Ian received this award in recognition of what it sees as his evocative photographs of the Highlands, including Cecile’s House, which is a ruined cottage on Wester Ross; understands that his photographs are all taken using what he calls his “ancient Pentax” and that he prefers to shoot with film; acknowledges his passion for the beauty of the rugged north of Scotland, and wishes him every success for the future.

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Highland MSP concerned about changed option for Stromeferry Bypass

Commenting on a new proposal by Highland Council to drop a bypass of the Wester Ross village of Lochcarron to reduce the costs of the Stromeferry Bypass, Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP Rhoda Grant said :

“ I recently wrote to Highland Council asking for an update on the latest position.

“In their response they stated that funding was the problem, however, no mention was made of dropping the Lochcarron village bypass option.

“I understand that very soon the Council will have selected the preferred option, but I am concerned that during the consultation, dropping the Lochcarron village bypass was not any part of the relevant options.

“This latest information, if accurate, will make a big difference to some of the communities views.

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Applecross Inn Pub of the year – Rhoda’s motion in the Scottish Parliament

Highlands & Islands (Labour) MSP Rhoda Grant has lodged a Motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating the Applecross Inn in Wester Ross on being named Pub of the Year for 2015 -2016 by the BBC Countryfile’s Magazine awards.

This is the latest in a number of awards won by the pub with it having won Scottish Pub of the year 2012 and Highlands & Islands friendliest pub 2015.

Judith Fish proprietor has run the Inn since 1989.

Head chef Robert Macrae trained with Marco Pierre White and the Roux brothers before returning to his birthplace.

As well as seafood, he and his chefs create classic dishes with local venison, wild mushrooms and some of the best meat in Scotland.

Rhoda said: “It is fantastic that such a community establishment has been recognised in this way.

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Rhoda’s support for member’s motion

Rhoda has gvien her support to the following member’s motion :

Pay Negotiations in the College Sector

That the Parliament recognises the excellent work done in a wide range of courses by Scotland’s college lecturers; expresses its concern regarding the announcement by Colleges Scotland of its intention to pursue an imposed pay award on college lecturers at Borders College and other colleges in Scotland; recognises what it considers the need for pay equality across the sector; notes the efforts of the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) to facilitate and progress these negotiations on behalf of its members;