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Roman Perthshire Serves up more Surprises

Keen historian and MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, Murdo Fraser, has given his support to the return of archaeologists looking to explore Perth’s Roman past. Perthshire plays host to Britain’s most northerly Roman fort, situated on the Gask ridge, as well as many other legionary, camps, fortresses, and military stations.  Archaeologists initially started research in 1996 believing work would only last 3-4 years, however in 2013 investigations are still on-going due to the volume of discoveries. 

Perth and Stirling set to Benefit from Network Rail Improvements

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has given his backing to plans from Network Rail to electrify rail links to Stirling as well as decreasing journey times between Perth and the rest of Scotland.  Network Rail has submitted its five year business plan to the rail regulator setting out proposals for improvements across the UK. Included within the plans is electrifying the line to Stirling, which aims to improve journey time, passenger comfort, and reliability.

Ancestral Tourism

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has given his backing for greater support in marketing and promoting ancestral tourism. The genealogy boom could be worth over £2.4 billion pounds to Scotland over the next five years, with an estimated 50 million people worldwide claiming Scottish roots.   Leading US news broadcaster CNN has named Scotland as the number one tourist destination to visit in 2013, beating off competition from Morocco, Amsterdam and Colombia.

Scottish Conservatives back appeal for SNP to reverse college budget cuts

The Scottish Conservatives have given their support to a campaign urging the SNP to reverse college budget cuts. The National Union of Students’ Fund Scotland’s Future drive highlights the flaws in the Scottish Government’s proposed £35 million slashing of college budgets next year. The organisation said the cut would intensify the problems of high youth unemployment and do little to help wider economic recovery. The Scottish Conservatives have consistently criticised the SNP’s decision to reduce college budgets in Scotland.

MSP seeks answers on Perth and Kinross £3 million credit card bills

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservatives MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has written to the Chief Executive of Perth & Kinross Council to seek an answer as to how Perth & Kinross Council has managed to run up a bill of over £3 million on credit cards since 2007.

MSP concern over hidden costs surrounding SNP court closure plan

Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland & Fife has expressed concern for the future of justice for rural communities following the proposal to close courts in Alloa and Cupar. The closures are being considered following a 20% cut to the Scottish Court Service budget by the SNP Scottish Government.

Rural Shoppers ripped off by Delivery Charges

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has called on online retailers to charge fairer delivery fees for goods travelling to highland and rural areas. A report by Citizens Advice Scotland has shown that one million Scots are being ripped off by unfair delivery charges. Ten per cent of online retailers refuse to deliver to the PH15 post code, in Perth and Kinross.

MSP reassured over future of local Post Offices

Liz Smith MSP have been given an assured over the future of a number of Post office branches across Mid Scotland & Fife. Post Office Ltd have announced that Newport on Tay Post Office, Dunkeld Post Office, and Lochearnhead Post Office have been included under their proposed modernisation programme.

Save Stamps this Christmas

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has pledged his support to charities collecting stamps in order to raise money for worthy causes. Used stamps can be collected and sent to large charities such as Oxfam, who sell them and use the proceeds to fund charitable activities. Charities earn an estimated £50m pounds annually via selling their own Christmas cards and collecting stamps also contributes to their funds. An estimated 1.7 billion Christmas cards are sent annually in the UK, with a large percentage mailed with stamps, saving these and giving to charity can make a real difference.

Murdo Fraser MSP Supports Mid-Scotland and Fife’s Battlefield Inventory

As a Scottish history enthusiast Murdo Fraser MSP has given his support to Dunkeld’s inclusion within the Scottish Battlefield Inventory.In 1689 Dunkeld witnessed house-to-house fighting between Jacobite and Government forces and now is the latest site to join Perthshire’s three other protected battlefields. The Scottish Battlefield Inventory was set up four years ago as a guide to help protect and preserve sites of a historical nature.