Big April Adventures Showcase Perthshire

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has backed VisitScotland’s £3.4 million pound marketing campaign aimed at encouraging Scots into the outdoors with discount transport offers. The campaign aims to attract tourists from key overseas markets such as North America as well as Scottish holiday makers. The television advert features clips of adventurers enjoying white water rafting in Perthshire.

Scotland has 243 Potentially Vulnerable Flood Areas

 Liz Smith, Scottish Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife has revealed that Scotland has 243 Potentially Vulnerable Flood Areas. The answer was obtained in a written question to SNP Environment Minister, Paul Wheelhouse MSP. Based on the National Flood Risk Assessment, SEPA has identified 243 Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) where the potential impact of flooding is sufficient to justify further assessment and appraisal of flood risk management actions.

Murdo Fraser Pushes for National Coal Strategy

During a Members Business Debate in the Scottish Parliament, Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has called for a UK National Coal Strategy as well as a commitment from the Scottish Government to ensure the industry’s future. Coal unlike gas does not have a UK National Strategy. The Conservative member believes the creation of a coal strategy similar to gas has the potential to increase investor confidence both inside and outside the industry.

Make 2013 Your Year of Community Volunteering

Scottish MSPs have joined forces with Focus Scotland Magazine to make promoting community based volunteering their New Year Resolution.  The campaign launched aims to get the Scottish public to embark on a volunteering journey in 2013 whilst raise awareness and promoting community volunteering in 2013.Pledging to support the campaign the Murdo Fraser signed a banner promoting the campaign, which aims to encourage more people in Scotland to volunteer within their community with the hope to see an increase in community involvement throughout the country in 2013.

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 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 ?