Category Archives: Rural Affairs

VOTE REMAIN – THE ENVIRONMENTAL ARGUMENT

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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Scottish Labour will stand for environmental justice

My colleague Sarah Boyack MSP,  Scottish Labour Spokesperson on Environmental Justice, wrote this excellent article for Labour Hame on the Scottish Labour position on environmental issues. As our party and new leadership teams meet in Perth for conference, we can expect … Continue reading

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Rural Affairs committee to quiz Ministers on Land Reform in Dumfries

  Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead and his deputy Dr Aileen Mcleod will be quizzed by members of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs Committee on Monday (2nd November) when they will be holding a special session of … Continue reading

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Our Environment: young people tackling environmental issues

Last week I joined young people from across the country to the event showcasing the winners of the Our Environment 2015 competition. The competition aims to engage young people in tackling environmental problems, and it was a pleasure to see … Continue reading

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