Isles representatives meet with Ofgem to raise energy connection problems

Northern Isles parliamentary representatives, Alistair Carmichael MP, Beatrice Wishart MSP and Liam McArthur MSP, met with Ofgem to raise growing concerns about delayed and refused energy connections in the isles. In the meeting the three highlighted a range of problems faced in trying to connect new build homes, both for individual builds and construction firms, and found that the problems described were far more serious in Scottish island communities than on the mainland UK.

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Wishart highlights plans to restart self-referral to breast screening for over 70s

Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart has today highlighted plans to restart self-referral to the breast screening programme for those aged 71 and over.

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Wishart responds to ranking of Shetland internet as second worst in UK

Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart has today responded to an analysis of Ofcom data revealing that Shetland has one of the worst internet connections in the UK.

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Ukrainian refugee crisis becoming refugee accommodation calamity

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has railed against the Scottish Government’s calamitous response to accommodating Ukrainian refugees. Raising constituents’ frustration at the speed in which the processing of refugee accommodation is being carried out, Wishart has pointed to the pressing need to ensure Ukrainian refugee children can enrol in school as soon as possible with the start of the new term looming.

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Wishart encourages carers to take part in national survey

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, is encouraging local carers to take part in State of Caring 2022, an annual survey by the charity Carers UK. Wishart highlighted the impact Long Covid has had on people’s lives, including young people who have become carers for parents and guardians, while more is learnt about the debilitating and prolonged condition.

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Wishart responds to establishment of Scottish bird flu taskforce

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has welcomed the creation of a taskforce to respond to the bird flu crisis. The taskforce is to be led by NatureScot.

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Wishart highlights opening of land reform consultation

Shetland’s MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart has today highlighted the opening of the Scottish Government’s consultation on its proposed Land Reform Bill.

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Wishart seeks answers on Avian Flu strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has sought answers on the Scottish Government’s Avian Flu strategy for wild bird and seabird populations, to ensure that it is prepared and can give an effective response to this and future outbreaks of Avian Flu. Wishart has been in contact with the RSPB discussing the impact on Shetland due to the Avian Flu outbreak.

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Fixed links: Culture Secretary happy to meet Wishart over infrastructure

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland’s MSP, Beatrice Wishart, raised the issue of fixed links as a means to help prevent islands depopulation with the Culture Secretary at General Questions today (Thursday). Referencing the Faroese experience of tunnels, the Culture Secretary said he would be happy to meet with Wishart to discuss the matter.

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Wishart highlights Cervical Screening Awareness Week

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has highlighted Cervical Screening Awareness Week, 20th - 26th June. An online toolkit by Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust has been made available to help raise awareness.

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