Fiona Hyslop Comments on Scotrail Delays:

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Fiona Hyslop Comments on Scotrail Delays: “I am aware from the number of constituency correspondence I receive that passengers are not happy with the extent of the delays in recent months with most of the delays due to Network Rail controlled by Westminster. The delayed introduction of new trains has been caused by staffing issues and an over time ban by staff which is being resolved. “Raising the cost of fares and not improving services is simply unacceptable. Passengers deserve a seat on the train they pay for and they depend on a timely service.  “In December the Transport Secretary Michael Matheson ordered Scotrail to submit a remedial plan outlining how it planned to address performance issues within eight weeks. "Rail remains a reserved matter under the Scotland Act. Until…
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Hyslop Calls for RBS to Think Again on Linlithgow Closure

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Hyslop Calls for RBS to Think Again on Linlithgow Closure Local MSP Fiona Hyslop is calling for the Royal Bank of Scotland to reconsider plans to close their Linlithgow branch, after a shock announcement that the bank plans a series of closures across the country. As a reserved issue, the UK Government is responsible for the regulation of banking services across Scotland, and own a controlling stake in Royal Bank of Scotland. The Scottish Government has said they will continue to engage closely with banks and with senior representatives from all major companies in the financial services industry. Following the announcement, Fiona said; “This is another blow from Royal Bank of Scotland to our local communities following the closure of their Whitburn Branch earlier this year. This will come as…
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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…
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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…
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Since the independence referendum on September 18th 2014, membership of the SNP more than doubled in under one week. We now have over 80,000 members making the SNP the third largest party in the UK, overtaking the Liberal Democrats. If you would like to add your name to that ever increasing list, give our headquaters a call on 0800 633 5432 or drop them an email by clicking HERE. We look forward to meeting you and working together to build a better future for the people of Scotland. Find out more at www.snp.org SNP membership soars as Labour could 'die out' Wed, 24/09/2014 - 12:01 As SNP membership soars to more than 57,000*, former First Minister Henry McLeish has warned that the Labour Party is in danger of dying out…
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SNP Candidates Highlight Abolished Prescription Charges for West Lothian

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SNP PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATES HIGHLIGHT ABOLISHED PRESCRIPTION CHARGES FOR WEST LOTHIAN SNP Candidates Fiona Hyslop (Linlithgow) and Angela Constance (Livingston) have marked the abolition of prescription charges by the Scottish Government. As of April 1st, patients from West Lothian will not have to pay for their prescriptions. Commenting Fiona Hyslop said: "Prescription charges are an unfair tax on ill-health and I am delighted that the SNP Government has abolished prescription charges. “Although everyone without exemptions must pay the charge, it is those who suffer from potentially fatal conditions and do not qualify for exemptions that have suffered the most." Angela Constance added; “In 2007, prescription charges cost £6.85. Prescription charges can also be a barrier to good health and by introducing this remarkable tax on ill health, it will result in…
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Hyslop Welcomes New Bathgate – Airdrie Line at Official Opening

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[caption id="attachment_347" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="Fiona Hyslop with Transport Minister, Keith Brown at Bathgate Station"][/caption] HYSLOP WELCOMES NEW BATHGATE – ARIDRIE LINE AT OFFICIAL OPENING SNP MSP Fiona Hyslop has attended the official opening of the New Bathgate – Airdrie rail Link today which includes new stations at Armadale and Blackridge and a new refurbished station at Bathgate. The new Bathgate – Airdrie Line is set to make a huge difference to people in West Lothian thanks to the work of Network Rail and the Scottish Government. Fiona Hyslop commented, “I am delighted to see this new rail link up and running, especially with the inclusion of Blackridge station - a project that was not in the initial plans from the previous Government until I and others campaigned for it to…
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Hyslop Recognises Importance of Star and Gartar in Parliament

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Thursday, 04 November 2010 Fiona Hyslop MSP for Lothians raised Linlithgow’s Star and Garter Hotel in the Scottish Parliament yesterday.(Thursday, 4th Nov) She was speaking about the importance of Scotland Historical Environment as the Government Minister responsible for Historic Scotland. Fiona told the chamber, “The role that the historic environment plays in providing the people of Scotland with a sense of place has been brought home to me in rather stark fashion in recent weeks with the damage, through fire, of the Star and Garter Hotel in my home town of  Linlithgow.” Fiona described the B listed Georgian building as having a sense of place and identity for the people of Linlithgow and welcomed the fact that Historic Scotland indicated that the Star and Garter does not need to be…
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