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DEMAND FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO FIFE MORNING RAIL SERVICES

In the Scottish Parliament, Murdo Fraser lodged parliamentary questions asking the Scottish Government whether it will make Fife rail services a priority area for investment.  Murdo Fraser also asked the Scottish Government to outline the discussions it has had with ScotRail to improve rail services in Fife.

PROTECT OUR SCOTTISH LIVESTOCK

Mid-Scotland & Fife Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has called on the Scottish Government’s agencies to assist Scottish farmers to ensure that the Schmallenberg virus does not spread to Scotland.  MSP Murdo Fraser wants to see the retention of all of Scotland’s eight Disease Surveillance Centres.

LABOUR SHOULD APOLOGISE TO PERTH

Mid-Scotland and Fife Conservative MSPs Murdo Fraser and Liz Smith have called on North East Labour MSP Jenny Marra to apologise to the people of Perth following her comments in the Scottish Parliament during a debate on ‘Protecting Access to Justice across Scotland’, where she claimed Perth juries may not be concerned about crimes that have taken place in Dundee.

WI-FI FOR TRAINS

Mid-Scotland and Fife Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has welcomed the pilot scheme to provide wi-fi on First Scotrail services. Murdo Fraser first raised the issue with the Scottish Government in June 2011 and believes Scotland’s train services – including Fife, Perth and Stirling services - should have reliable and free wi-fi to make the train service a more attractive option to Scottish commuters.

SSE’S VIEW ON REFERENDUM

Commenting on Perth-based Scottish & Southern Energy warning that the independence referendum will increase the risk it attaches to investment projects, Mid-Scotland and Fife Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said:

MSP welcomes OFT rural communities project

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has launched an initiative that will look into the challenges facing people who live and work in rural places across the UK. The ‘Remote Communities Project’ hopes to improve the OFT’s understanding of consumers and businesses and is calling for evidence from the public to help them.

HOLIDAY IN SCOTLAND: MURDO’S CALL IN SCOTTISH TOURISM WEEK

Mid-Scotland & Fife Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser is backing Scottish Tourism Week, which runs from the 6th March – 13th March 2012, and has used the event to highlight Perthshire, Stirlingshire and Fife as amongst the best places in the world for a holiday. 

FIRE & RESCUE AND POLICE HEADQUARTERS FOR PERTH & FIFE

Mid-Scotland and Fife Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has welcomed the news that the interim operating base for the new Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be based at Perth Community Fire Station and the interim headquarters of the Police Service of Scotland will be based at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan Castle, Fife.

CONCERN OVER BMI TAKEOVER

Murdo Fraser MSP has written to Commissioner Joaquín Almunia, the Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for competition; and to Philip Collins, Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading, to raise concerns at the potential implications for Scotland of IAG/British Airways (BA) takeover of BMI.