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Support local producers this Christmas

With less than 11 days to go until Christmas Day, Liz Smith MSP has joined with the National Farmers' Union Scotland in encouraging people to buy Scottish food and drink over the festive period.

ScotRail Express Free Wifi

Long-time broadband campaigner and MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife Murdo Fraser has welcomed news that ScotRail Express trains will offer free wifi by the end of December 2013.Transport Scotland has committed £2million pounds to fund the installation of wifi equipment on all 59 of their ‘class 170’ trains. This fleet operates in most of Scotland including the Fife and Stirling areas.

MSP calls for re-think on removal of Ninewells stem-cell harvest facility

 Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has written to the Chief Executive of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service and SNP Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil MSP, following the decision to remove stem-cell harvest facility from Ninewells. The Mid Scotland & Fife MSP has asked for the decision to be reversed.

Murdo Fraser Supports GM Superfoods

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser used a Scottish Government debate to re-affirm his support for the use of Genetically Modified Crops. With the global population set to rise past 9 billion by the year 2050, feeding the world looks set to dominate future political debates.With land available for cultivation decreasing thanks to the growth of cash crops and bio-fuels, genetically modified food will be critical in solving world hunger.

MSP visits Tayside Judo Club

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife visited the Tayside Sakura Judo Club in Scone. The Perthshire MSP met with Judo Club group leader Angie Mills, and watched a judo training class taking place.

MSP to quiz SNP Ministers on flood defence scheme funding

 Liz Smith MSP has secured a question in the Scottish Parliament to quiz SNP Ministers on the recent flooding in Comrie and flood defence scheme funding. The Strathearn based MSP will ask SNP Ministers what support the Scottish Government is providing to Scottish Councils to bringing forward investment in flood defence schemes. The Mid Scotland & Fife MSP has also tabled a number of Parliamentary Questions regarding funding for flood mitigation issues and proposed flood defence schemes following the announcement that the UK Conservative Government has now provided the SNP Scottish Government with £394m in extra capital funding. 

MSPs SUPPORT CHARITY’S CALL TO GIVE DOGS A ‘PAW-FECT’ CHRISTMAS

On Wednesday 5th December, Members of the Scottish Parliament attended an event in Holyrood organised by Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity, to raise awareness of its annual Christmas campaign. The event, sponsored by Nanette Milne MSP, aimed to highlight the famous Dogs Trust slogan; “A Dog is for Life, Not Just for Christmas” in a bid to combat the problem of dogs being given as gifts at Christmas only to be later abandoned in January.  The event gave attendees the opportunity to open a window on the charity’s ‘12 Strays of Christmas’ advent calendar and learn more about its campaign to encourage people to think carefully before taking on a dog, especially during the festive season.

MSP backs HGV speed increase campaign

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has given her support to the campaign to increase the speed limit for HGVs on single carriageways from 40 to 50 mph. the Mid Scotland & Fife MSP has written to Keith Brown MSP, SNP Transport Minister to ask that the Scottish Government to undertake a consultation to increase the speed limit for HGVs on single carriageways from 40 to 50 mph.

Call for Councils to develop plans to commemorate the First World War

 Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has written to Councils across the Mid Scotland & Fife Region to ask what plans are being developed to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War in 2014. In a letter to the Chief Executives of Perth & Kinross, Fife, Clackmannanshire, and Stirling Councils the Mid Scotland & Fife MSP has asked what plans and support will be put in place to help communities to organise events to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.      Scottish Conservatives have called on the SNP Scottish Government to match the UK Conservative Government scheme to send high school pupils and teachers to tour battlefields including the Somme, Verdun and Fromelles between 2014 and 2019.