Category Archives: Rural Affairs

The Warm Home Discount

You may still be eligible for The Warm Home Discount for this winter, if you think you could be eligible you should apply as soon as possible. The Warm Home Discount is a scheme which allows some energy (Gas or Electric) customers a rebate of … Continue reading

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Ramblers Scotland – celebrating recreational walking

I recently attended a reception in the parliament to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003. I was joined with representatives from Ramblers Scotland. Ramblers is an organisation which protect the places for people to walk … Continue reading

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Proposed Closure of RBS Branches

I have started a Petition calling for a halt to the proposed Closure of RBS branches in Clydesdale, Scottish Borders and Midlothian South at Biggar, Carnwath, Douglas, Duns, Eyemouth, Hawick, Jedburgh, Lesmahagow, Melrose, North Berwick, Penicuik, Selkirk and Strathaven. The … Continue reading

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The EU plays a significant role in facilitating Scotland’s leadership on climate change and energy issues. At the Paris Summit the sense of excitement was palpable, and while it is acknowledged that America and China paved the way for the … Continue reading

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NFUS Hustings – rural issues this election

I was delighted to take part in the NFUS Forth and Clyde hustings last week. I am determined to raise awareness of and tackle the challenges of rural Scotland, both as I live in the heart of rural Clydesdale and … Continue reading

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Consultation on future rail development

Network Rail is holding a consultation on the future needs of Scotland’s railways. Rail usage has grown exponentially over the last 20 years, now reaching 93 million journeys a year. Many of us, including those of us in rural South … Continue reading

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NFUS Forth and Clyde meeting

I recently met with NFUS members in Forth and Clyde to discuss the ongoing difficulties with the Single Farm Payment delays. At the meeting, a number of different farmers from the local area and two suppliers from Ross of Lanark … Continue reading

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Celebrating Rural Leaders

I am always keen to lend my support to rural issues and promote the opportunities there are for those of us in rural areas. Last week I had the opportunity to meet the ambitious men and women taking part in … Continue reading

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Debate on Fuel Poverty 

Last week I headed to the Chamber to debate the issue of fuel poverty. It is obvious now that the Scottish Government will not come close to meeting this year’s target to eradicate all fuel poverty, and the statistics on … Continue reading

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Review flood defence funding

My thoughts go out to all of those who have experienced the devastation caused by flooding over the last few weeks. As we have seen only too graphically, yet again, there are certain parts of South Scotland that are extremely … Continue reading

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