Wishart seeks answers on Climate Change impact on at sea data-gathering

Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat Beatrice Wishart, during a session of the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment (RAINE) Committee, has asked panellists about the impact of Climate Change on the movement of fish stocks such as cod. Ms Wishart raised the concerns of fishermen that North Sea cod is in abundance while data gathered by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) indicated fewer cod, and therefore point towards a lower Total Allowable Catch (TAC).

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Wishart questions domestic abuse measure

During a Justice portfolio questions session Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, questioned the Cabinet Secretary to clarify if the Crown Office findings of a 9% increase in reported charges with a “domestic abuse identifier” includes any evidence of increasing abuse to pets. Wishart highlighted that such an indication can point to coercion and control of their partners by perpetrators of domestic abuse.

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Holyrood - Wishart chairs her first Rural Affairs Committee

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has chaired the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment (RAINE) Committee, the first time since her appointment as Deputy Convener in early September. The session focused on animal welfare with evidence given by panellists from the Scottish Animal Welfare Commission.

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Wishart raises concerns of Shetland’s fleet

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, spoke for Shetland fishing fleet in a Scottish Government debate on 2021 Coastal States Negotiations. Ms Wishart raised the immediate priorities of Shetland’s fishermen: agreeing an increase in the North Sea cod quota, avoiding a cut in the ling quota and pressure on neighbours to reverse the unilateral increases in mackerel quotas announced this year.

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Wishart highlights importance of cervical screening and vaccine

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has highlighted the importance of keeping up to date with cervical screenings after a slight fall in statistics.  Meanwhile studies of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine show a clear cut in cancer rates.

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Wishart calls for wider provision for Long Covid patients

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has challenged the current provision for Long Covid sufferers. Speaking in the first Long Covid debate the Scottish Parliament has held, brought by Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Alex Cole-Hamilton, Ms Wishart reiterated her party’s plan to help the estimated 79,000 sufferers of Long Covid in Scotland.

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Wishart criticises government over limited freight capacity

Shetland MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat, Beatrice Wishart, has today (Wednesday) raised the impact of limited ferry freight capacity to the Northern Isles.

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Wishart welcomes HIAL-Prospect talks

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart has welcomed reports that industrial action has been suspended after talks between the Prospect Union and Highlands and Islands Airports Limited (HIAL). A “framework” for discussion has been agreed to establish a new way forward for modernising air traffic control services.

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Wishart seeks update on Fuel Poverty Strategy

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart, is seeking Scottish Government answers on the progress of the Fuel Poverty Strategy and appointments to the Fuel Poverty Advisory Panel. Facing a winter with possible fuel shortages Ms Wishart wants to ensure there is no household forced to go cold this year.

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Wishart launches petition for new hospital

Scottish Liberal Democrat and Shetland MSP, Beatrice Wishart has launched an online petition for a new hospital for Shetland. Highlighting the 1950s design, little opportunity to achieve the modern hospital requirements of today and future-proofing island requirements, Ms Wishart is asking for Shetland residents to show the Scottish Government the strength of support for a new hospital.

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