David Stewart MSP

Archive for January 2009

Lochalsh Road Post Office

27 January 2009

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands Regional MSP, is supporting Merkinch residents who are appealing for the re-opening of the Lochalsh Road Post Office.

Royal Mail is keeping Mr Stewart up to date with their search to find a way to provide a service at the branch, which the locals in their petition refer to as the ‘lifeblood of their area’ and which they say communities and businesses can not do without.

“I have highlighted to the Post Office that this matter needs to be addressed urgently.

“Having spoken with their customer relations team I understand the difficulties they face but there are many elderly and young families in the area who use this Post Office.

“£It is not surprising that the petition has already attracted over 200 names and it is vital that a temporary solution is found until this matter is resolved,” said Mr Stewart.

“I will be visiting Merkinch on Friday to discuss the situation with local residents and businesses.”

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January 27, 2009 at 10:39 am

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Stewart seeks answers on ‘missing’ sports funding

22 January 2008

David Stewart, Highlands and Islands regional Labour MSP, is pushing the Scottish Government to spell out how where funding is to come from for our future athletes.
Following a change in community funding, grants previously distributed to local sports councils by Highlands and Islands Enterprise have been withdrawn.
“Some of these organisations received up to two thirds of their annual funding from HIE.
“This money was distributed amongst the member clubs and was used to help fund coaching, training, sports development and small equipment grants.
“If the Scottish Government has dictated that HIE is no longer to deliver these funds then where is this missing money to come from?
“Given our geography it is vital that we support sports coaching in our area, not least as there are additional costs involved when competing or training outside the Highlands and Islands.
“The amount of money these voluntary and charity sports organisations receive is miniscule in terms of Government budgets, but the effects they have on our potential champions of the future are massive.
“The loss of these clubs would have far reaching effects in the health and well being of our communities.
“I am meeting with senior staff at HIE on February 6 to discuss the matter.
“However, this killer blow for our sports councils has come from the Scottish Government and I am seeking the Minister’s response on where the sports councils are to seek this vital funding.”

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January 23, 2009 at 11:55 am

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David Stewart to Launch Victims’ Commissioner Bill Consultation

05 January 2009

Scottish Labour have dubbed 2009, the year of victims’ rights as Scottish Labour chief Whip David Stewart prepares to launch a consultation on his proposed Victims’ Commissioner (Scotland) Bill.

The Highlands and Islands MSP will launch his consultation in the next fortnight but has already received backing from Victim Support Scotland and Rape Crisis Scotland.

David Stewart said:
“The idea of having a Victims’ Commissioner was proposed by Labour last year but received no support from the SNP.

“I have decided that if victims of crime are to get the support and attention they deserve then they need a dedicated commissioner to look after their needs.

“I will launch my consultation on my bill in the next few days and I hope that I will get backing from across Scotland and then across the chamber of the Scottish Parliament.

“I hope the Victims Commissioner will have the ability to investigate, challenge and raise awareness of issues affecting victims of crime, to act as a signpost to other services and to be a positive voice for victims of crime.

“Let’s face it there is already a Prison Complaints Commissioner. It’s time that victims of crime had their own champion.”

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January 5, 2009 at 10:29 am

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