Hyslop Heads out on Summer Surgery Tour

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Hyslop Heads out on Summer Surgery Tour Following the success of last year’s tour, local MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency, Fiona Hyslop, is again heading out on a Summer Surgery Tour on Tuesday July 2nd and Friday, July 5th. The tour includes many of the smaller villages in West Lothian.  Fiona said; “Whilst I organise regular surgeries all over my constituency, it is important to get out and meet the constituents who cannot always make it to the bigger towns to meet with me. By organising this surgery tour, I can meet as many of my constituents as possible at a venue that is convenient and accessible for them. “There is no need to make an appointment and constituents will be seen on a first come, first seen basis, however…
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Hyslop Welcomes New Consumer Advice Service

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Hyslop Welcomes New Consumer Advice Service Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has welcomed the announcement of a new consumer advice service that has been launched by the Scottish Government Minister for Business and Fair Work, Jamie Hepburn. The new online and telephone consumer advice service for Scottish consumers is funded by the Scottish Government and offers an easy and accessible service via Freephone, Web chat, email, online and through social media. Fiona said, “Scottish consumers need to know where to turn when they need advice or assistance and this new service provides free, practical and impartial advice to everyone in Scotland. “This service provides advice and information on a number of matters including mobile phone and internet providers, purchases on and offline, travel, builders, public bodies and banks and…
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Hyslop Condemns UK Government’s License Fee Decision for Older People

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Hyslop Condemns UK Government’s License Fee Decision for Older People 7,168 People in West Lothian to Lose Free TV License Fiona Hyslop MSP for the Linlithgow Constituency has condemned the decision made by the Conservative UK Government to scrap the free TV license for over 75s affecting 7,186 older people in West Lothian. It is estimated that 60% of over-75s in West Lothian will be forced to pay an extra £154.50 in household bills when the free TV licence policy for over-75s is axed. Fiona said; “I am very concerned to learn that 7,168 older people in my constituency will have the extra burden £154,50 to pay following the UK Government’s disgraceful decision to scrap the free TV license for over 75s. “As if the Conservative Government at Westminster has…
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Hyslop Welcomes 17% Fall in Serious Violent Crime in West Lothian

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Hyslop Welcomes 17% Fall in Serious Violent Crime in West Lothian Local Constituency MSP for Linlithgow, Fiona Hyslop has welcomed new figures which show there has been a 17% fall in serious violent crime in West Lothian over the last ten years.  Police recorded crime figures have also revealed that serious assault and attempted murder cases fell by 38% across Scotland. Fiona commented; “These new figures are encouraging, and reflect a significant reduction in violence in our communities – yet more proof that the Scottish Government’s evidence-based approach to justice and rehabilitation is working.  “The fall in violent crime also coincides with a rise in police numbers since the SNP came to power – in contrast to England and Wales, where police numbers have fallen by almost 20,000.  “It’s vital…
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Hyslop Highlights Linlithgow Museum on International Museum Day

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[caption id="attachment_2484" align="aligncenter" width="4031"] — picture by Donald MacLeod [/caption]   Local Linlithgow MSP, Fiona Hyslop has marked International Museum’s Day at the Scottish Parliament and also highlighted the new Linlithgow Museum in her constituency. International Museums Day falls on Saturday, 18th May and was created in 1977 with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of museums as a means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and the development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples. Fiona said; “I was delighted to speak at a reception in Parliament this week (Tuesday 14th May) to mark International Museums Day and to highlight the new Linlithgow museum which officially opened just last month. “It is impossible not to recognise the role that museums play in terms of developing relations and…
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Hyslop Welcomes Brown Tourist Signs for Korean War Memorial

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  Hyslop Welcomes Brown Tourist Signs for Korean War Memorial Local Constituency MSP Fiona Hyslop has welcomed the news that new brown tourist signs on the M8 and M9 can be erected to direct tourists to the Korean War Memorial in the Bathgate Hills. Fiona wrote to the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey MSP, inviting him to visit the Korean War Memorial in February, which he did. She also wrote to the Minister asking that he encourage the Transport Secretary Michael Matheson and Transport Scotland to find a way of permitting brown tourist signs for the Korean War Memorial in Bathgate to be positioned on the M9 and M8 to help visitors find it. Fiona commented; “I am delighted that following the visit by the Veterans Minister…
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Hyslop Welcomes Transport Secretary to Winchburgh

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  Hyslop Welcomes Transport Secretary to Winchburgh Transport Secretary Invited to discuss Transport Plans for Winchburgh Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop invited the Scottish Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson to visit the new Winchburgh Development and to hear from Transport Scotland, Scottish Canals, Scotrail Alliance, Sustrans, First Bus, Winchburgh Community Council, Winchburgh Community Development Trust and West Lothian Council about the transport links that will support the ambitious development. Mr Matheson was taken on a site tour around the development by John Hamilton, CEO of Winchburgh Developments Limited and Sweco the transportation engineers working on this project, prior to meeting with the various transport organisations. The development once completed will include a new four-way motorway junction on the M9, a marina on Union Canal, and a new railway station. Commenting…
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Hyslop Condemns UK Government Welfare Cuts that Drive Foodbank Use

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Hyslop Condemns UK Government Welfare Cuts that Drive Foodbank Use 5,776 emergency food supplies provided to families in West Lothian Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has condemned the UK Government’s Universal Credit delays saying that they are driving the use of foodbanks in West Lothian The number of emergency parcels handed out by food banks in Scotland rose by nearly a quarter over the last year, according to the UK’s largest food bank provider. In West Lothian 5,776 of three-day emergency food supplies were provided to people in crisis by food banks, 2,073 of those were to children. The food bank provider said that issues with the Tories flagship welfare reform Universal Credit were a “key driver” of increasing food poverty. Fiona said; “Westminster’s failing Universal Credit has been nothing short…
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Linlithgow MSP Highlights Importance of Early Diagnosis

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Linlithgow MSP Highlights Importance of Early Diagnosis Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop is highlighting the importance of early diagnosis in support of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. (April). Fiona commented, “Scotland was the first country in the UK to introduce a simpler bowel screening test called the faecal immunochemical test—FIT. Since its introduction in November 2017, there has been a substantial increase in levels of participation in the bowel screening programme. “It is good news that the biggest improvement has been among those who live in the most deprived areas, where uptake has increased by 10 per cent.  “The bowel screening test is the best way to catch bowel cancer early. I urge all constituents who have been sent a test to do it as soon as they receive it…
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Linlithgow MSP Welcomes Official Opening of new Linlithgow Museum

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Linlithgow MSP Welcomes Official Opening of new Linlithgow Museum Local Linlithgow Constituency MSP, Fiona Hyslop, has welcomed the opening of Linlithgow Museum, which can now be found at the Linlithgow Partnership Centre on the High Street. The museum used to be located in Annett House. Linlithgow Heritage Trust (LHT) received a grant of £240,000 from The National Lottery for the “A New Museum for Royal Linlithgow” project which aimed to enable community involvement in the development, delivery and interpretation of heritage. Fiona said, “I am delighted to see that the new Museum for Linlithgow has officially opened. This free attraction, located in the heart of Linlithgow allows local people to find out more about the history and heritage of their town. “The museum features three new galleries and a bespoke…
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