Local MSP, Fiona Hyslop, Raises the Important Work of the Under 2 Coalition at COP26

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Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, urged the Scottish Government, during First Ministers Questions in the Scottish Parliament on 11th November, to continue the discussions and networking established by the Glasgow Climate Dialogues as COP26 has now come to a close. Fiona asked the Scottish Government if they will use their role as the co-Chair of the Under2 coalition to promote a similar dialogue among members of the coalition and raise important issues such as ‘loss and damage’. The Deputy First Minister responded to Fiona’s question stating the Scottish Government’s intention to continue to engage with the Coalition after COP and highlighted the Coalition’s commitment to Net Zero by 2050 and the importance of a Just Transition. Fiona commented; “I am pleased to have raised this issue in Parliament…
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Local MSP, Fiona Hyslop Leads Global South Debate in Parliament

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Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, has led a members debate at the Scottish Parliament expressing the importance of listening to the voices of the Global South in our efforts to tackle the climate emergency. Fiona lodged a motion in Parliament acknowledging and highlighting the publication of a communique that set out the conclusions of the ‘Glasgow Climate Dialogues’ –  a series of discussions hosted by the Scottish Government and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland which took place between 6 and 9 September 2021 and provided a forum for civil society and government departments from impacted countries in the Global South to discuss and share their positions on some of the key priorities for action at and beyond COP26. Fiona said: “The effects of climate change are not equal,…
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Blackburn Chosen to help drive just transition to net zero

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Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news that Blackburn in West Lothian is one of seven towns in Scotland that has been chosen to tackle the impact of climate change and secure a just transition to net zero. The Climate Action Towns programme will empower communities to come together and engage in collective climate action, taking account of the unique challenges and opportunities each town faces. That might include looking at what action can be taken on switching to more sustainable food or renewable energy. Communities in the seven towns will be offered support to find ways of making changes at a local level that will help tackle the crisis, giving them a voice and engaging those that may not have previously engaged in climate…
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Local MSP, Fiona Hyslop attends COP26 GLOBE Legislators’ Summit

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Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, attended the COP26 GLOBE Legislator’s Summit for international parliamentarians hosted by the Scottish Parliament on Friday 5th and Saturday 6th of November. The Summit explored the role of parliaments across the globe in the climate emergency and explored issues including how to accelerate climate action, the delivery of a green economy and a fair and resilient recovery from Covid-19. Prior to the Summit in the Scottish Parliament, GLOBE International partnered with the Children’s Parliament to create ‘The Moment’, an event designed to give young people from across Scotland a chance to share their thoughts on climate change with their local MSP. As part of ‘The Moment’, Fiona spoke with modern studies pupils at Linlithgow Academy to hear their ideas on tackling climate…
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UK Budget Leaves West Lothian Short-Changed and Families Worse Off

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SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop has said that the Tory UK Government’s budget, announced today, makes it clear that “independence is the only way to give West Lothian a fair recovery from the pandemic.” Fiona has said that the budget – which has been described by the head of the Institute for Fiscal Studies as “actually awful” for living standards - is failing the people of Scotland by failing to tackle the cost of living crisis, the Brexit crisis and the climate crisis whilst the Tory Government prioritise cuts to the cost of champagne and giving tax breaks to bankers. Commenting SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop said: “What the Tory UK Government has outlined today does not meet the ambition needed to build a fair and sustainable recovery and to tackle the cost…
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Local MSP Fiona Hyslop speaks on COP26 in Parliament and with Linlithgow Academy pupils

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Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, spoke during the Scottish Government Debate: Global Ambitions for COP26 on 27th of October, about the importance of a global effort to tackle climate change and highlighted the need for justice and fairness to be at the heart of our ambitions on climate change. Fiona stressed the importance of working with the Global South, where countries who have done the least to cause climate change face the biggest burden, and the need to learn from those who are experiencing climate change now.  Additionally, Fiona highlighted that Scotland has some of the most ambitious climate change legislation in the world and as such has a responsibility to lead by example. However, Fiona stressed that lessons must also be learned from the past, and as…
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Fiona Hyslop Raises St Michael’s Temporary Closure in Parliament as £300m Funding Announced for Winter Planning and Social Care

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Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, has raised the issue of the temporarily closed St Michael’s Hospital in Linlithgow in the Scottish Parliament as part of a Ministerial Statement on Winter Planning and Social Care. During his statement the Health Secretary Humza Yousaf, announced a record winter funding package of over £300m in hospitals and the community to help increase NHS and social care capacity this winter and focussed on the use of step down community care. In Fiona’s question to the Cabinet Secretary for Health she highlighted the importance of community based elderly care and nursing. She also sought assurances that the Scottish Government would impress upon West Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership the need for a facility in the north of the county as a…
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Fiona Hyslop Highlights Girlguiding Volunteer Search

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Fiona Hyslop MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency is encouraging young women to volunteer with the Girlguides in West Lothian after Girlguiding Scotland issued a call out for local volunteers. Girlguiding Scotland have said that over 300 young women and girls are currently on waiting lists to be Rainbows, Brownies, Guides or Rangers. Fiona said, “As a former Brownie, Girlguide and Ranger Guide, I am aware of the values and experience that the guides offer young girls, preparing them for adult life and offering support and guidance. “Girlguiding is a great initiative to be part of, to help inspire and celebrate the next generation of women and I would recommend getting in touch with Girlguiding Scotland if you or anyone you know has considered volunteering with them.” Visit www.girlguidingscotland.org.uk/get-involved/ to find…
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Local MSP, Fiona Hyslop, Nominated Local Hero Vicky Dunnett from the Boghall Drop-in Centre for Scottish Parliament Opening Ceremony

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On Saturday 2nd of October, the Opening Ceremony for the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament took place in the Debating Chamber. This year’s ceremony paid tribute to ‘local heroes’ chosen from across Scotland for the part they played during the pandemic in supporting their local community. Fiona Hyslop, MSP for the Linlithgow constituency, nominated Vicky Dunnett for her work at the Boghall Drop-in Centre. Vicky was instrumental in coordinating and organising the efforts of the team at the Centre, which supported many people in Boghall, and further afield throughout the lockdowns. The small team at Boghall Drop-in Centre, supported by Vicky, coordinated efforts between chefs, delivery drivers and those able to give donations to allow thousands of meals to be distributed to people who needed them.  The small team…
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Local MSP Fiona Hyslop Condemns Scottish Tories for Backing “Shameful Cuts to Universal Credit”

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The Scottish Parliament has voted overwhelmingly to support cancelling the Tory UK Government’s planned £20 cut to Universal Credit next month. Following the vote, Local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, condemned the Scottish Tories for backing the cut which will rip over £1,000 from 13,689 families in West Lothian. The pressure for the Tory Government to scrap their plans has been building up for a number of months. The Scottish Government has written to the UK Government on eight occasions throughout the pandemic asking for them to make the uplift permanent and to extend it to legacy benefits, and hundreds of anti-poverty campaigners, human rights experts, cross-party committees and the devolved Governments have all urged the UK Government to keep the lifeline. The Tory’s planned cut has also…
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