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Murdo Fraser Supports Tay Salmon Fishing with Parliamentary Motion

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has attended the ceremony to open the Salmon Fishing season on the banks of the River Tay in Dunkeld. The Conservative MSP has also submitted a motion in the Scottish Parliament celebrating and welcoming salmon fishing on the Tay.

Call for SNP Cabinet Secretary to raise PRI cuts with NHS Tayside on visit to Ninewells

 Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has called on Alex Neil MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to raise the issue of cuts to the emergency surgery unit at Perth Royal Infirmary with NHS Tayside Officials when he visits Ninewells Hospital in Dundee tomorrow (Wednesday).The Perthshire based MSP has been leading the campaign to save the emergency surgery unit at PRI.

Tories call for establishment of an Independent Scrutiny Panel for NHS Tayside

 Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has called for the establishment of an Independent Scrutiny Panelfor NHS Tayside. The call comes following the proposal by NHS Tayside to remove the emergency surgery unit from Perth Royal Infirmary (PRI).   Independent Scrutiny Panels were introduced to consider proposals for major changes in local NHS services in Scotland. The aim of independent scrutiny is to provide assurance to the public that all of the factors relevant to proposed service changes have been explored thoroughly and fully taken into account, therefore helping to maintain confidence in the change process. To date only three separate Panels have been set up in Lanarkshire and NHS Ayrshire & Arran, Clyde area, and Dumfries & Galloway.

Volunteers for 2014 Commonwealth Games

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has urged constituents to get involved in volunteering at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will be the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has ever hosted and presents a unique opportunity for Scots to take part in a once in a lifetime experience. The search for up to 15,000 volunteers begins on the 14th of January, with organisers placing a premium on friendly, welcoming people as opposed to those with previous experience in volunteering. Applicants have just under seven weeks to go to www.glasgow2014.com/volunteer and complete their online form with a final closing date of Thursday, 28th February. Around 25,000 successful applicants will be invited for informal interviews from April 2013 onwards. Around 1000 interviews a week will take place at the purpose-built Volunteer Centre until the end of the year.

First Minister complacent on local concerns over future of Perth Royal Infirmary

 Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has challenged the First Minister on the future of Perth Royal Infirmary. The Perthshire MSP raised the issues of remove emergency surgery services from Perth Royal Infirmary during First Minsters Questions and asked whether the First Minster and the SNP Scottish Government now support cutting services from rural hospitals and what action will he take to protect the further loss of service from PRI ?

PERTH HOSTS BETTER TOGETHER 'LISTENING EVENT.'

Alistair Darling, chair of the pro UK Better Together campaign, was in Perth today to hear the views of the local business community on the Scottish constitutional debate.The event, organised by Perth Chamber of Commerce and local MSP Murdo Fraser, was held in the Royal George Hotel and was attended by over 30 local business men and women.The event is part of a tour of Scotland that Alistair Darling is currently undertaking in which he is holding meetings with a wide variety of groups and organisations.

A9 HGV Speed Limits Portfolio Question Time

A9 Road Safety Campaigner and MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife Murdo Fraser has quizzed the Minister for Transport and Veterans Keith Brown on whether any progress has been made on increasing speed limits for HGV’s on the A9.Murdo Fraser has previously written to the Scottish Government in July forwarding the case for increased HGV speed limits as a means to avoiding A9 collisions caused by driver frustration. Inverness based haulier Conor McKenna has launched a campaign to increase HGV speed limits on single carriageway roads from 40 to 50 mph.

Listen to the Experts or Risk the Future of Nature Based Tourism

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has called on the Scottish Government to listen, understand and act on comments made by Scotland’s leading landscape photographer, Colin Prior, surrounding the unrestrained spread of wind farms.Mr Prior said, “I’m afraid that the Scottish Government has forsaken the landscape of Scotland for generations to come.”He went on to say, “Whilst I believe that it is crucial that we find alternative energy sources to fossil fuels… I am not convinced that covering Scotland with subsidised turbines is a price worth paying.“Calling for a ‘common-sense’ approach to choosing locations for wind farms“Most of the pictures are the big mountain views and if I took them again now I would have to use Photoshop to take the wind farms out of them.”

MSP calls on SNP Ministers to rule out new whisky tax

 A television programme will tonight float the idea of introducing a £1 tax on whisky to boost the Scottish Government’s finances. The call, from Prof John Kay and former RBS chairman and Senior SNP Adviser George Mathewson, outlined the proposal that would, they claim, bring an extra £1 billion to the economy. However, the Scottish Conservatives have criticised the idea, stating it will make whisky less competitive in the global market.

Murdo Fraser speaks up for Perth’s innovative ‘Property Plus’ scheme

In a Scottish Government debate on ‘Employability’ Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has commended an enterprising work placement scheme in Perth. ‘Property Plus’ is a 13 week paid work experience programme that gives youngsters the chance to learn new skills and enhance their CV. Two work squads of 15 between the ages of 16 and 24 will take part in renovating void council house for re-use. The scheme is the first of its kind in Scotland. In his speech the member for Mid-Scotland and Fife also urged for the removal of red tape from small businesses looking to hire work placement students.