David Stewart MSP

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Parliament support for offshore transmission line

David Stewart, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has secured the First Minister’s support in the Scottish Parliament to the principle of an offshore transmission line to distribute renewable energy from Highlands and Islands communities.

Mr Stewart urged Mr Salmond to support an ongoing Crown Estate study into the development of an offshore undersea east coast transmission line to allow renewable energy to be distributed around the UK and to Europe.

“It is vital that we pursue this research in the knowledge that if it becomes a reality ministers approving wind farm developments in the Highlands and Islands communities will have assured transmission capacity.

“This will allow us to develop our renewables industry and help Scotland as a whole to meet climate change targets,” said Mr Stewart.

“I welcome the First Minister’s acknowledgement that sea-borne transmission could play a key role for the North East of Scotland and that he agrees with me that this study should be progressed,” said Mr Stewart.


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January 31, 2008 at 8:19 pm

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Highlands and Islands MSP speaks up for City Status

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP, is writing to the Secretary of State for Scotland to clarify concerns over Inverness’ city status following a refusal by the Lord Lyon for the creation of a coat of arms.

David Stewart, who as an MP at the time of the Millennium status competition, worked hard along with Highland Council and local campaigners to create the first new city in Scotland since Dundee over 100 years ago.

“It’s important we don’t talk down our city status which has had a tremendous benefit to Inverness and the Highlands in terms of tourism and inward investment.

“It was a first class, high profile campaign involving key members of the local community which led to Inverness winning this competition, awarded by the Queen.

“Whilst I note the comments by the Lord Lyon in terms of the coat of arms, that is a separate issue and has no impact on the validity of city status.

I have taken the opportunity to write to Des Browne the Secretary of State for Scotland to clarify this matter,” said Mr Stewart.

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January 28, 2008 at 1:56 pm

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North snubbed by Scottish Government’s plans to support talented athletes


David Stewart, Regional Labour MSP, is furious that the Highlands and Islands have been excluded from plans for key sporting hubs.


As part of the re-organisation of SportScotland, announced by the Scottish Government yesterday, the Minister for Communities and Sport outlined plans for the creation of ‘hubs’ which will allow SportScotland staff to build ‘strong partnerships’ with area institutes, local authorities and governing bodies.


However, these hubs are to be located in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Aberdeen.


“I am delighted that the Scottish Government has finally acted on the future of SportScotland.


“At a time of a growing national obesity problem it is essential that the future of sport is safeguarded.


“It is also vital for all sports that keen, enthusiastic youngsters are coming through to further improve Scotland’s international performance across a range of sports and athletic disciplines,” said Mr Stewart.


“It is however, deeply disappointing that the four “hubs” identified by the government are to be in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling and Aberdeen.


“The omission of Inverness from the list is surprising, given it remains the fastest growing city in Scotland and is the capital of a huge geographic area.


“We have a range of talented sports people training in facilities across the north. Our local authorities and other sports bodies will be disadvantaged by their distance to the nearest hub.


“I have today written to the Minister to raise this issue as a matter of urgency.”

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January 14, 2008 at 10:05 am

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