Tavish leads debate on Island Games

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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 pressed the importance of Shetland hosting the Games in the future. 

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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 government’s proposed plans, sets out an “absolute expectation that the agencies will work to align their delivery with the priorities set out by the Strategic Board.” 

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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 will be dependent on a series of diesel powered generators if the cable breaks.

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Scott and McArthur comment on Islands Bill

Tavish has joined Orkney MSP Liam McArthur in warning that proposals for an Islands Bill must "be more than a tick box exercise". 

Their comments come in response to the publication of the Islands (Scotland) Bill. 

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Tavish comments on decommissioning announcement

Commenting on the news that the Buchan oil vessel will be decommissioned in Shetland, the Islands' MSP Tavish Scott said:

"This is tremendous news for Shetland. Lerwick Port Authority and their partner companies have been working very hard to attract decommissioning business to Shetland. 

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 26th May 2017

On Tuesday morning I introduced the deputy chief minister of Gibraltar to a parliamentary meeting. 

Joseph Garcia is a politics graduate of Hull University, has been in the government of Gibraltar for many years and is a liberal. He also has young children. 

On Monday night many parents watched their children head to a music concert in Manchester. Some never got home. We had a moment’s reflection on Tuesday where we thought about our children. 

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Tavish comments on NHS Shetland travel decision

NHS Shetland has announced it will no longer seek to ask the majority of patients travelling to Aberdeen for medical treatment to travel by boat. 

The policy proposal proved deeply unpopular and led to two online petitions signed by hundreds of people across Shetland.

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Tavish challenges Sturgeon over farm payments

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Tavish last week challenged First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to ensure staff dealing with the failed £180 million IT system for farm payments are better supported ahead of the deadline for 2017 applications. 

The Scottish Government has had a poor track record on getting funding out to crofters and farmers, with some still waiting for their 2016 payments. Many applications are being dealt with manually, creating delays and uncertainty about when payments will be made.

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Letter from Edinburgh - Friday 28th April 2017

Being busy in the lambing shed means leaving the mobile phone on the kitchen table. Vodafone’s upgrade means that I can get 4G in the shed. But there is yet to be an app that tells me how to lamb a ewe with both legs back. 

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