Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Week: Wishart highlights high prevalence in Northern Isles

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland’s MSP, Beatrice Wishart, used a members debate for MS Awareness Week to speak about the high prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in Shetland. Wishart called for more support for those living with MS, and spoke of the higher household bills as a consequence of the condition, as well as the unmeasurable impact on their families.

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Wishart demonstrates benefits of pension loss compensation

Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart highlighted research undertaken by Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaigners, that demonstrates the economic benefits of compensation for women affected by the lack of notice of changes to the state pension age. The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) found that in 2005 and 2006 the Department of Work and Pension’s communication of these changes was maladministration. The PHSO is now working on the next stage of the investigation.

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Wishart hosts Stop Sea Blasts

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart has this afternoon hosted the Stop Sea Blasts campaign in the Scottish Parliament. The campaign seeks to stop ‘high order’ detonations, necessary to clear unexploded ordnance (UXOs) from marine areas, including areas where offshore wind farms are to be developed.

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Wishart highlights ferry freight capacity limitations

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has used her party’s opposition motion on the SNP’s CMAL ferry fiasco to highlight the issues facing the Northern Isles ferry routes. Wishart stressed that insufficient freight capacity will inhibit Shetland’s economic growth.

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Northern Isles MSPs quiz Loganair chiefs on recent delays

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has met with Loganair chiefs, Jonathan Hinkles, Chief Executive, and Maurice Boyle, Chief Operations Officer, and Orkney MSP Liam McArthur today to discuss recent delays on the Aberdeen and Edinburgh routes from both Kirkwall and Sumburgh. This followed ongoing concerns about delayed flights and significant disruption at the weekend after planned major maintenance overran and separate unrelated problems with two further aircraft occurred.

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Wishart observes Shetland Royal Mail drone trial

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has observed drone trials transporting letters and parcels between Tingwall and Unst. Wishart met with Royal Mail staff and Charles Scales, CEO at Windracers, the company who operate the drone, at Tingwall Airport.

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Wishart outlines plans for cost of living squeeze

Shetland’s MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat, Beatrice Wishart, following a visit to the Shetland Foodbank and a recent parliamentary event on fuel poverty, has highlighted the squeeze on household incomes for islanders. Food, household items and energy costs have all increased in the last few months.

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Wishart welcomes Digital Voice pause

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland’s MSP Beatrice Wishart has welcomed the announcement of a pause in the BT Digital Voice Programme, moving landline phones from copper cables that are powered through their own connection to digital broadband lines which require household power supply.

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New retail leadership group: Wishart seeks assurances for the voice of local

Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat, Beatrice Wishart has called on the Scottish Government to ensure that local shops have a voice in a new Industry Leadership Group for retail announced by the Scottish Government. Wishart questioned the minister during a Ministerial Statement on retail strategy on Thursday (24th March) afternoon.

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Wishart encourages fishing consultation participation

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has urged participation in two Scottish Government fishing consultations: Scotland’s Future Catching Policy and Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM). The Scottish Government is seeking views from stakeholders to shape future policies.

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