David Stewart MSP

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Online petition for Fairtrade Launched

20 December 2010

Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart is urging people to show the Christmas spirit by backing a festive campaign to help people in Third World Countries.

He has launched an online petition in favour of Fair Trade in Highlands and Islands for people to sign over the next couple of months which can be found on the website http://www.hifairtrade.org.uk .

The MSP has been a long-time campaigner against world poverty, supporting Jubilee 2000, an nternational coalition movement in over 40 countries that called for cancellation of third world debt by the year 2000, and the biggest ever anti-poverty movement, Make Poverty History, in 2005.

Now he is throwing his weight behind the new campaign.

Mr Stewart said: “Fairtrade in Highlands and Islands is a campaign to encourage a significant increase in the use of Fairtrade products across the region.

“It aims to support good work being done by volunteers, Fairtrade groups, churches and Local Authorities to encourage Fairtrade.

“Despite the challenges the Highlands and Islands economy faces, most of us are much better off than our counterparts in Africa and Asia.

“Highlanders have always been generous and in this season of goodwill I’m sure they’ll want to support the campaign.”

Martin Rhodes, Director of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum, said: “The Highlands and Islands have led the way in so many ways in Supporting Fair Trade for many years.

“I welcome the involvement of so many campaigners from across the region in towns, islands, villages and city communities, schools, faith groups, businesses and local authorities in Fair Trade activities.

“It would be truly remarkable if all the local authority areas in the region were to be successful in achieving Fairtrade Zone status.

“I am pleased to support this petition to help achieve this.”

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December 20, 2010 at 5:03 pm

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Road Safety Campaign – Sensible Driving Always Arriving

8 December 2010

During the summer of this year Highlands & Islands Labour MSP David Stewart launched a campaign to reduce the number of young people killed or seriously injured on our roads.
A local community group was set up to drive forward this campaign with Mr Stewart, including Diane and Graham Matheson who tragically lost their son Callum in a fatal collision during March 2010.
The campaign had two main strands of education and political intervention, with the ultimate aim of introducing a graduated licence scheme.
Much of the work of this campaign group to date has been published, with strong support being received locally and coming in from as far afield as Wales and Sussex.
Dr Sarah Jones of Cardiff University, who has appeared on radio and television and who has carried out 10 years research into road accident statistics in Scotland and Wales, has provided a great deal of her data to the team and is keen to work with the group.
Next week Drive-IQPRO, a company from Surrey which offers driving courses for learner drivers who want to learn how to drive as safely as possible, are to meet David Stewart at the Scottish Parliament to discuss the campaign and ways that it can enhance the campaign in relation to young driver tuition.
In the coming weeks the local community group, now called the North of Scotland Driver Awareness Team (NOSDAT), will launch further initiatives to address this very important issue.
The team have launched their web site at :

http://www.sensibledriving.org.uk

and anyone interested in this campaign, interested in joining this Group or just interested in the work of the group should access this site to learn more.
David Stewart said: “I am absolutely delighted that our campaign, which only started a few months ago, has grabbed the attention of so many who want to work with us to make our roads safer.”
He continued: “We want to hear from anyone who wants to join or support us further, especially the young road user. Their views really count and I would be delighted to welcome as many as possible to our group”.
Anyone wishing to support or contact the North of Scotland Driver Awareness Team should contact the campaign Co-ordinator Doug Mackenzie at douglas.mackenzie@scottish.parliament.uk.

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December 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm

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