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  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    The power outage at Knocknagael substation that led to a power Liam McArthurLiam McArthur'blackout' across much of the Highlands & Islands last week was discussed in the Scottish Parliament earlier this afternoon.

    The Finance Secretary, John Swinney came to the Chamber to answer questions from MSPs from across the region, concerned at what had happened and the impact on their constituents.

    Orkney's MSP Liam McArthur took part in the exchanges at Topical Questions, and commented afterwards:

    "The Finance Secretary accepted that delays in restoring power to customers in Orkney took longer than elsewhere. He insisted, however, that lessons had been learned and that steps were being taken to avoid any repeat of such problems in the future.

    "It was also helpful to understand the safeguards in place to help meet the needs of more vulnerable members of communities across the Highlands & Islands. While blackouts can cause inconvenience for many, they can present real risks to the elderly and infirm. Mr Swinney was able to reassure MSPs that SSE had worked closely with the emergency services, as well as those involved in health and social care, to minimise any such risks.

    "While preventing all future blackouts may be impossible, it is important that systems are made as resilient as possible and that response procedures are improved where appropriate. In that sense, Mr Swinney's comments to parliament this afternoon offer some hope that this is happening".

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and MSP for the North East Alison McInnes today said a petition put to a Holyrood committee shows the extent to which people feel let down by the SNP's police and fire centralisation plans.

    A former police control room worker and an Inverness resident put forward a petition to the Public Petitions Committee calling for a review of a decision to close police and fire control rooms north of Dundee. The petition will now be considered by the Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, of which Mrs McInnes is a member.

  • Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat justice spokesperson and MSP for the NorthAlison McInnesAlison McInnes East Alison McInnes has today said a petition put to a Holyrood committee shows the extent to which people feel let down by the SNP's police and fire centralisation plans.

    A former police control room worker, and an Inverness resident put forward a petition to the Public Petition's Committee calling for a review of a decision to close police and fire control rooms north of Dundee. The petition will now be considered by the Justice Committee and the Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, of which Ms McInnes is a member.

    Commenting on the petition, Ms McInnes said:

    "This petition shows the clear extent to which people in the North East and Highlands and Islands feel let down by the closures caused by the SNP's centralisation plans. Scottish Liberal Democrats share concerns that the closure of police and fire control rooms, and frontline police counters, represents a damaging loss of local knowledge.

    "From Aberdeen and Montrose to Durness and Portree, decades of local policing is being replaced by a one-size-fits-all faceless organisation. As a member of the justice committee I will be doing my utmost to ensure the justice secretary pays heed to these local voices."

  • Montrose councillor David May, Sir Robert Smith MP, Alison McInnes MSP and Stonehaven & Lower Deeside councillor Peter Bellarby.
    Article: Apr 22, 2014

    Local Liberal Democrat politicians are calling on the Scottish Government to stop dithering and to get shovels in the ground to build a much-needed flyover on the A90 at Laurencekirk.

    Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, met North East MSP Alison McInnes and councillors David May and Peter Bellarby at the blackspot.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has called on the Clydesdale Bank to rethink its plans to close so many branches around the country.

    Mrs McInnes said: "Among the branches facing closure by the end of the year are Alford and three in Aberdeen - Bridge of Don, Bucksburn and Woodside. Rural residents in particular are badly hit when their local branch closes. People in Alford will face long bus journeys to Banchory or Aberdeen to get to a Clydesdale branch.

  • Article: Apr 21, 2014

    North East Liberal Democrat politicians are calling on the Scottish Government to stop dithering and to get shovels in the ground to build a much-needed flyover on the A90 at Laurencekirk.

    Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, met NorthSir Robert SmithSir Robert Smith East MSP Alison McInnes and councillors David May and Peter Bellarby at the blackspot.

    The campaign for a flyover - or an underpass - has met resistance from the Scottish Government for years. On Thursday campaigners will be taken their protest outside the Scottish Parliament to call on MSPs to back them.

    Sir Robert commented: "The North East is the powerhouse of Scotland's economy, yet the Scottish Government has failed to invest in key transport projects such as this junction.

    "For many years now the local community have made the case for a safer junction. The fact that the current junction needs a 50mph limit goes to show that it is no longer suitable. Meanwhile the Scottish Government is investing in a new rail link between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is time they stopped neglecting the North East."

    Mrs McInnes said: "The Transport Minister is on record stating that aAlison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSP grade separated junction will have to be funded by developers. But a grade separated junction is needed now to address the existing safety issues. Although the 50mph zone has reduced the risk, there still are drivers who do not heed or see the warning signs and drive at 70mph - or more.

    "Developers should only have to fund new junctions when their development is the cause of extra traffic which necessitates a flyover or underpass.

    "The Scottish Government should accept its responsibilities and commit to a flyover or underpass now. This is not some airy-fairy political argument. It is about people's lives."

  • Article: Apr 21, 2014

    Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP George Lyon today said the best way toGeorge LyonGeorge Lyon protect the special treatment Scotland gets at the EU because of the UK is to remain part of the UK family.

    Mr Lyon was speaking following reports that a new paper from the European Movement group suggested the SNP government should consider delaying the date of Scottish independence in the event of a Yes vote because of potential difficulties during talks at the EU.

    The report warns that the 18 month period set out by the SNP would be vulnerable to delaying tactics from other member states. The EU membership terms for an independent Scotland would have to be signed off by every one of the other EU member states.

    Recent accession negotiations for new EU states have taken between 8 and 14 years.

    Commenting, Mr Lyon said:

    "As part of the UK, Scotland benefits at the EU from things like a share of the big UK budget rebate, key opt-outs on the Euro and control over our borders. People would not want to see this special treatment frittered away as the cost of securing a quick settlement in Brussels in the event of a yes vote.

    "The best way to protect the positive benefits Scotland gets at the EU because of the UK is to remain part of the UK family. The fact is that in the event of a yes vote Scotland would face the prospect of rejoining the EU on worse terms than we enjoy at present.

    "The European Movement have no particular referendum axe to grind and they are simply restating what many experts have already told us: that the SNP's independence timetable in the event of a vote to leave the UK is not realistic."

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    The Conservative mayor of Swindon has resigned after he called disabled people "Mongols" and questioned whether they should be allowed to have sex.

    In a letter to Swindon Council's Borough solicitor Stephen Taylor, mayor Nick Martin said: "It is with regret that I submit my resignation as Mayor of the Borough of Swindon with immediate effect."

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014

    A woman with Crohn's disease has lost a legal challenge against a decision to refuse NHS funding to freeze her eggs.

    Lawyers for Elizabeth Rose, 25, from Margate, Kent, claimed in the High Court it was unlawful to refuse the treatment to preserve her fertility.

    Miss Rose fears an imminent bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy treatment will leave her infertile.

  • Article: Apr 17, 2014
    Phil Storm 14 April 20:01
    There have been a number of post both on hear and on the LDDAtalk email system in relation to the proposed changes / cuts to the Disabled Students Allowance. The LDDA exec has remained silent on the proposed changes till now as we wanted to ensure we had the full facts before commenting. Below is a link to the document highlighting the proposed changes and on initially reading, they should fair and reasonable only upon more detailed knowledge of DSA and further investigation, dose the real effects of such changes come to light. Both myself and the vice Chair Kelly-Marie Blundell are currently working behind the scene to highlight the LDDA's concern over the proposed changes and will keep you up dated on our progress.http://www.practitioners.slc.co.uk/media/744663/ssin_01-15_apr2014.pdf
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