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Internet ‘Notspots’

According to a Skylogic report into “Rural Digital Exclusion” Powmill, Cleish and Scotlandwell have been named in the top 5 of Scottish internet ‘notspots’ by level of deprivation. A notspot is an area that suffers from either a complete lack of internet service, or a service that is slower than 2Mbps and is not of benefit.Rural areas still suffer from far slower internet speeds than urban regions, with research showing a strong link between lower economic output and higher deprivation for those areas with limited internet access.

Cloning Could Be The Answer

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has lodged a Parliamentary motion on the conservation of the Scottish Wildcat. In the year of Natural Scotland, Murdo believes that the Scottish Government should increase their efforts to protect this iconic Scottish species. The Cairngorm Wildcat Project ended in 2012 with a reported 150 breeding pairs still left in the wild; however, a follow up plan is yet to be announced. 

Current Account Competitiveness

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has urged banks to be clearer with customers when offering deals on current accounts. The Office of Fair Trade has accused the retail banking sector of a ‘lack of dynamism’ in the current account sector.  75% of all UK current accounts are split between Lloyds, RBS, HSBC and Barclays.

Conservative Energy Policy

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser today helped launch the new Scottish Conservatives energy policy, “Power with Responsibility”.  Key headline points from the manifesto include spacing wind turbines a minimum of 2km from housing, reducing subsidies for onshore wind, and a commitment to exploring shale gas and fourth generation nuclear energy plants.  

NHS Tayside needs to start listening on plans to cut emergency surgery from Perth Royal Infirmary

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has called on NHS Tayside to start listening and scrap plans to cut emergency surgery from Perth Royal Infirmary. The Perthshire based MSP has been leading the campaign to save emergency surgery at Perth Royal Infirmary. Speaking following the urgent meeting with NHS Tayside and Perthshire and Kinross-shire elected representatives.

Wind Farm Subsidies Place More residents in Fuel Poverty

In a Scottish Government debate on fuel poverty Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has slammed the role of SNP wind farm subsidies in aggravating fuel poverty.  Generous grants awarded to wind farm developers have pushed electricity costs through the roof leaving Scotland with some of the highest energy bills in Europe. Energy bills are rising faster than inflation and wages are struggling to keep up which has resulted in nearly 30% of Scottish residents being left in fuel poverty. Energy Action Scotland claim the figure could be as high as 40%. 

MSP calls on NHS to scrap cuts to emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary

 Following the concerns elations that cuts to emergency surgery at Perth Royal Infirmary Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has called on NHS Tayside to scrap its plans to cut emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary. Over the weekend Liz Smith MSP has been contacted by many constituents and by several medical staff who have expressed deep concern at the impact which the proposal to cut emergency surgery services at Perth Royal Infirmary will have on the future of other services and the hospital.  The Perthshire based MSP requested an urgent meeting with NHS Tayside and Perthshire and Kinross-shire elected representatives. The meeting will take place on Friday (25/01/2013).

Protect Store Gift Vouchers

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has called for the protection of retail gift vouchers in the event of administration. ATOL [Air Travel Organisers Licence] protected holidays ensure holidaymakers receive a full refund in the event of a travel agent or booking partner going bust. Travel firms selling air holiday packages must have an ATOL. Before an ATOL is issued the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) checks firms, thereby reducing the risk of failure. It also requires firms to pay into the CAA’s financial guarantee scheme. This provides money to protect customers. If a tour operator were to fail, the CAA will make a refund to the customer, or if they are abroad will arrange for them finish their holiday and fly home.

Amazon Make Jobs Permanent

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has commended Amazon for giving 300 temporary workers permanent contracts. Just over 640 staff work at the Dunfermline distribution facility with another 100 jobs planned for the near future. Before Christmas Murdo urged Amazon to make good on their initial promise to employ over 700 people in Dunfermline. Nationally the online shopping giant plans another two UK centres creating a further 2000 jobs.