Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 7th July 2017

Political variety is the spice of life. The final week before the school holidays featured the island games in Gotland, an education debate at Holyrood and a mad rush for a flight connection at Stockholm Airport with an Orcadian athlete and the convener of the Shetland Islands Council! 

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Tavish calls for more action on 'pitiful' broadband

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott has called for more details on the next phase of the broadband rollout, after a study published today by consumer watchdog Which? found that Shetland has the second-worst broadband speeds in the UK.

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 23rd June 2017

How does government change the delivery of education? Or maybe a better question is, should it? For understandable reasons the Scottish government is worried. Scotland’s educational standard has been falling. Successive international studies that compare results on subjects such as maths and look...

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Tavish leads debate on Island Games

Shetland MSP Tavish Scott this week led a debate on the Island Games in the Scottish Parliament. Using a Members’ Business Debate to draw attention to this year’s Games in Gotland, Tavish called on Scottish ministers to introduce an island fund to help athletes with the cost of travel, and press...

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Tavish warns ministers against dictating to HIE

Tavish has today warned SNP Ministers must not “dictate to Highlands and Islands Enterprise” following the publication of the government’s controversial Enterprise and Skills Stage 2 review.    The report, published today following a six month campaign and two parliamentary defeats on the governm...

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Tavish welcomes commitment to respect Shetland crofting needs

Crofting Minister Fergus Ewing today accepted the need for crofting regulation to help not hinder Shetland’s 1000 crofters. Shetland MSP Tavish Scott questioned the Minister after a parliamentary statement announcing Rod Mackenzie from Easter Ross as the new chairman of the Crofting Commission. 

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Tavish comments on Lerwick Power Station news

Lerwick Power Station is set to close by 2021 with the loss of 25 permanent jobs in the islands. The energy regulator Ofgem has forced power company SSE to serve Shetland's customers with power from a cable laid on the seabed from Dounreay rather than building a new power station. Backup power wi...

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About

In 1999, Tavish Scott was elected as the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Shetland and he was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2016. Tavish is the current Scottish Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Education & Sport and Europe. He is a member of the Scottish Parliament’s Education & Skills Committee and Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Relations Committee. He is also a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. Read more