Fiona Comments on Dunne Group Job Losses in Bathgate

Fiona Comments on Dunne Group Job Losses in Bathgate

Local MSP Fiona Hyslop has commented on the news that the Dunne Group, whose Head Office is based in Bathgate and employs 200 staff, has collapsed into administration.

Fiona said;

“I am very disappointed by the news of the closure of the Dunne Group, I know that this will be a difficult and anxious time for the workforce and their families. The Dunne Group employs 200 people across Scotland including those at the Bathgate Site and this news will be a great loss to the construction sector both locally and across Scotland.

“The Scottish Government are in contact with the administrators and will be providing support for those affected through the PACE initiative. Our focus now has to be on the workers and their families. We must all pull together for the good of the workforce and to support the West Lothian economy. As the local MSP I will do whatever I can to assist in this process.”

ENDS

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Hyslop Nominates Uphall Volunteer to be Local Hero at Opening of Parliament

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Hyslop Nominates Uphall Volunteer to be Local Hero at Opening of Parliament

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has nominated local volunteer, Paul Weddell to be her guest at the Scottish Parliament’s Local Hero and Riding of the Parliament Ceremony on July 2nd to mark the official opening of Holyrood’s fifth session.

Fiona said;

“The opening of Session Five of the Scottish Parliament is an opportunity to celebrate the work and dedication of our local heroes from across the country.

“Paul Weddell dedicates his free time to volunteering and for the last 16 years has been involved with the No Limits Sports Club based in West Lothian for Children and Young Adults with a Disability and he has personally raised in excess of £160,000 to fund the clubs activities.

“Paul’s commitment to the No Limit’s Sports Club is inspiring and I know those who work with him, adults and young people alike, agree that he should be recognised as a local hero is West Lothian.”

ENDS

Notes:
Nominated by MSPs in recognition of their important personal contribution to the lives of people in Scotland, a total of 98 heroes have been nominated to-date and will take part in a ‘Riding’ along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile on Saturday, 2nd July.

About Paul Weddell:
As a retired policeman, Paul dedicates his free time to volunteering and was very involved with Carers of West Lothian. He has also volunteered with a number of disability and health groups and was the primary carer for his wife and for his daughter who requires round the clock care. For the last 16 years he has been involved with the No Limits Sports Club based in West Lothian for Children and Young Adults with a Disability. He has personally raised in excess of £160,000 to fund the clubs activities.

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Fiona Hyslop Speaks to EU Nationals in West Lothian: You’re Welcome Here

Fiona Hyslop Speaks to EU Nationals in West Lothian: You’re Welcome Here

Local Constituency MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Europe and External Affairs has told EU nationals in the Linlithgow Constituency that “you remain welcome here” after Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay in the European Union.

West Lothian voted to Remain in the EU 58.3% – alongside every other local authority area in Scotland. The Scottish Government is now exploring all options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe.

On Monday in London, Fiona in her Government role as Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs met with the Ambassadors of France, Germany and Slovakia who take up the EU Presidency in next few weeks and underlined this message from the Scottish Government

Fiona said;

“West Lothian, like the rest of Scotland, voted to remain within the EU – a vote to protect our place in the world’s biggest single market and the jobs and investment that depend on it.

“It’s significant that the result in Scotland came after a campaign that was positive about the EU and the benefits of freedom of movement.

“As your MSP, I want to tell the citizens of other EU countries living across West Lothian that you remain welcome here, Scotland is your home and your contribution is valued.

“It’s deeply disappointing that the result in Scotland was not echoed across the whole of the UK – but Scotland has spoken decisively and we will make that voice heard.”

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Update on St John’s Children’s Ward

Update on St John’s Children’s Ward

Hyslop Welcomes Outcome of Independent Lothian Paediatric Review
Independent Review calls for the Retention of 24/7 Services at St Johns

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Local Constituency MSP for Linlithgow, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the Report from the Independent Review of Paediatric Services across Lothian, which has called for the retention of 24/7 services at St John’s Hospital in the short and medium term.

The Review Team’s Report specifically states that, “The Review team`s overarching view is that the population, activity and demand for a full obstetric service in West Lothian merits the retention of inpatient paediatrics at St John`s.

Commenting on the Report, Fiona said;

“This is a fantastic result for the families and young people of West Lothian. The Review Team echoed the concerns and challenges that the West Lothian SNP Group highlighted in our full submission to them in January this year. They have said in their report that ‘The size of the population served, the volume of work carried out, and the need for a full maternity service are strong reasons for this recommendation’ to retain 25/7 Services at St John’s.

“I was also pleased to read that the Report further calls for a Board Level Champion to Chair a ‘Children’s Board to oversee any issues relating to Children’s Services in Lothian and a recommendation that NHS Lothian commit to a 3-5 year strategic plan for the future of St John`s inpatient paediatric service and the workforce that meets the needs of patients and includes investment in new ways of working.

“The West Lothian SNP group met formally with the Review Team in January to highlight the importance of Children’s Services at St John’s and we handed over a comprehensive Submission for them to consider. To my knowledge, other groups chose not to do this and instead chose to scaremonger the West Lothian Public via the media. The difficulties this caused in articulating communications to the public has been noted in the Review Team’s Report and I hope this serves as a strong warning to those who would rather spend their time playing politics with our Children’s Health than contributing to the best possible outcome for our children and young people.

“The NHS Lothian Board is still to make its decision following the recommendations of the Report and I am meeting the CEO next week to impress on him the need to resource the recommendations made.”

ENDS

To read the Report in full go to:

http://www.rcpch.ac.uk/improving-child-health/better-nhs-children/service-delivery/invited-reviews/lothian-review/lothian-r

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Hyslop Welcomes Climate Change Figures Showing 2020 Targets Achieved Early

Hyslop Welcomes Climate Change Figures Showing 2020 Targets Achieved Early

Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed news that Scotland has exceeded its world leading climate change targets – six years early.

Fiona commented;

“Scotland is making outstanding progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. These statistics show that we not only met the annual 2014 emissions reduction target but also exceeded the level of our world-leading 2020 target for a 42% reduction, six years ahead of schedule.

“I am well aware of the efforts my constituents and organisations like Transition Linlithgow make to tackle Climate Change at home, in school and in our local businesses, and so it’s great to see the impact this is having nationally.

“I spoke about Scotland’s dedication to tackling Climate Change in a debate on the EU Referendum at the Scottish Parliament earlier this month. With climate change one of the defining challenges of our time, there is a real need to cooperate with our neighbours and internationally, so I believe that Scotland and the UK are better off remaining in the European Union.”

ENDS

Notes:

New figures show that Scotland exceeded the 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42% in 2014. Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK, with a 39.5% drop in Scottish source emissions between 1990 and 2014 compared to the UK’s 33% reduction over the same period. Scotland is one of the leading countries in Western Europe for reducing emissions.

The latest climate change statistics show Scotland’s emissions, for reporting against targets, have fallen by 12.5% year on year to 41.9 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) in 2014.

This is a reduction of 45.8% from the 1990 baseline.

Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2014: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2016/06/2307

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Hyslop Calls for Open and Fair Airspace Consultation

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Use:
Monday, 6th June 2016

Hyslop Calls for Open and Fair Airspace Consultation

Following the announcement today (Monday, 6th June) that Edinburgh Airport are about to carry out a two stage Airspace Consultation, local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has called for an open and fair process.

Fiona, who conducted a comprehensive survey with 2,000 local residents replying, said;

“Following the serious concerns about how Edinburgh Airport handled the recent flight path trial, it is vital that they learn the lessons and ensure that this consultation is open, fair and transparent and not just a rubber stamp for the TUTUR route. I understand that the first part of the consultation is to look at the wider issue of airspace use and for the Airport to look at the use of existing paths which have also been the subject of concern.

“The importance and values of Edinburgh Airport in terms of providing jobs and stimulating the local and national economy is well understood and appreciated but the impact of noise disturbance on local communities has to be responded to in a fair, open and transparent way.

“It is essential that my constituents in West Lothian engage with this consultation and make their views heard.”

ENDS

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Fiona Hyslop leads Holyrood debate with 106:8 MSPs voting in favour of Remaining in the EU

Friday, 27 May 2016

Fiona Hyslop leads Holyrood debate with 106:8 MSPs voting in favour of Remaining in the EU

Fiona Hyslop MSP in her role as Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs in the Scottish Government led a debate in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 25th May on a Government motion in support of Scotland and the rest of the UK remaining part of the EU which was won by 106 to 8.

The outcome reaffirmed a commitment across the chamber to ensure the EU focuses on what matters to the people of Scotland.
Fiona said;

“I am pleased that an overwhelming majority of MSPs voted in favour of remaining within the EU and that the Leaders of all parties elected in May support the remain position. The EU protects workers rights, maternity rights, the right not to be discriminated against, freedom to live, study, work trade or travel and has given us access to the single market of 500 million people.

“The EU is founded on the principles of solidarity and mutual support. It is much more than a simple trade association. It is based on the principles of strengthening peace, security, justice and prosperity for all.

“The EU is not perfect, but it is a remarkable achievement. Over six decades it has secured co-operation over conflict. It has pursued a shared sense of collaboration, exchange and purposeful endeavour to work in concert to advance the interests not just of our own population but of the world. It is on that positive basis that the Scottish Government’s view is that Scotland and the rest of the UK should remain in the EU.”
ENDS

Notes:
To read Fiona’s speech in full click here.

Government Motion:
*S5M-00190 Fiona Hyslop: Scotland’s Future in the European Union—That the Parliament supports

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Hyslop Appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs

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Hyslop Appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs
Fiona to Continue in Culture and External Affairs Brief

Local Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop has been appointed as the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs as part of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish Government Cabinet in the fifth Scottish Parliament term.
Fiona has been a Government Minister since the SNP came to power in 2007 working in both the Culture and Education briefs.

Fiona said;

“It is a privilege to serve in the Scottish Government and to be asked to serve as Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

“I am very excited with the addition of Tourism to my previous brief. I will continue to promote Scotland’s Culture, Heritage and our place in and our relationships with the rest of the world, supporting economic growth, jobs and attracting visitors.

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FIONA HYSLOP RE-ELECTED MSP FOR LINLITHGOW WITH MAJORITY DOUBLED

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FIONA HYSLOP RE-ELECTED MSP FOR LINLITHGOW WITH MAJORITY DOUBLED

Fiona Hyslop has been re-elected as MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency with 19,362 votes – receiving over 50% of the vote across the constituency and doubling her majority over Labour to 9,335.

She secured the second highest number of votes for the SNP in the country in this one of the biggest seats in the country. The SNP have now secured an historic third term in Government – something no other party in Scotland has been able to achieve at Holyrood.

Speaking after the result was declared Fiona said;

“It is an enormous privilege to be re-elected for the Linlithgow Constituency.

“We ran a positive campaign setting out what the SNP would do for the country and I what I would seek to achieve for my constituents.

“I worked extremely hard with my superb, enthusiastic and committed campaign team to earn the vote of the people of West Lothian, campaigning and meeting local people in every corner of the constituency. I am delighted to have received such a positive response to the SNP’s message.

“I will now continue to work hard to deliver for the people and communities across West Lothian. We have such great people with great potential here and as we enter into the SNP’s historic third term in Government, I want to take the views and priorities of my constituents to the heart of Holyrood and work with them to improve the lives of the people of West Lothian.

ENDS

Results:

BOYD MOOHAN, Angela (Scottish Labour) – 10,027

FARTHING-SYKES, Dan (Scottish Liberal Democrats) – 1,319

HYSLOP, Fiona (Scottish National Party) – 19,362

KENNEDY, Charles (Scottish Conservatives) – 7,699

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Fiona Hyslop MSP – Letter to Infrastructure Secretary on Flooding at Wester Inch

Keith Brown MSP
Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment & Cities
St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh
EH1 3DG

Wednesday, 2nd March 2016

Dear Keith,

I write to you on behalf of my many constituents affected by the devastating floods in the Wester Inch community of Bathgate over the past week to seek your assurances that the Scottish Government will lend their full support in ensuring the immediate safety of residents and assist in the longer term recovery.

You will be aware that during the morning of 24 February a major water pipe ruptured severely flooding Meikle Inch Lane. Following an emergency repair only 4 days later at night on Saturday 27 February the same pipeline ruptured at another point causing the same area to be again flooded. This is the 3rd time in 4 years that residents have had to face this issue.

I visited the site on the morning of Sunday 28 February and I saw first-hand the devastation and heartache this flooding has caused. I spoke with residents and Peter Farrer, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Water.

It is now essential that there is a permanent repair carried out as a matter of urgency and Scottish Water treats this as an investment priority. Anything that can be done must be done to protect those affected and assist them in rebuilding their lives. Can you reassure me that this will be treated as an investment priority? Is it possible to document this in an amendment to Scottish Water’s quarterly investment plans?

There are immediate concerns of the sustainability of the back-up supply to 20,000+ residents in surrounding areas as an implication of this and my constituents are very concerned about any temporary repair and re-opening of a pipe that has failed with devastating effect twice in a week.

At the community meeting I attended on the afternoon of Sunday 28 February residents raised a number of concerns about the insurability and ability to mortgage/re-mortgage or sell properties in future. They also wanted an immediate emergency hotline and website presence and a warning system about the affected pipe.

I would be grateful for any interventions you can make in assisting my constituents and ensuring Scottish Water take every necessary action in the immediate and medium term.

I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely,

Fiona Hyslop MSP

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