Minister forced to admit that US Military is Prestwick Airport’s largest customer

Facing questions from North East MSP Mike Rumbles in the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee this morning, The Scottish Government’s Transport Secretary admitted that the US Military, not RyanAir, provides Prestwick Airport’s single largest income stream. It is expected that the news will be...

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Piecemeal regulation failing our crofting community

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, the Rural Economy Cabinet Secretary ignored calls from Scotland’s crofting community and ignored clear recommendations set out in a cross-party report by the Rural, Economy and Connectivity Committee, to bring an end to piecemeal crofting ...

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Calls for groundwork to be laid for fresh rail operator

Commenting on ScotRail boss Alex Hynes’ appearance before the Rural Affairs and Connectivity committee, at which he confirmed that the rail firm did not expect to meet the franchise performance target of 92.5% until the end of 2021, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MS...

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Only half of youngsters waiting for mental health treatment in NHS Grampian seen within 18 weeks

Figures published by NHS Scotland’s Information Service Division today, show that only 51.2% of children waiting for mental health treatment under NHS Grampian in the quarter to the end of June 2019 were seen within the deadline.

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£30 million spent on supply teachers in North East since 2016

Teacher shortages are costing the four North East councils approximately £10 million per year, according to a freedom of information request obtained by North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles.

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6.8 million hours lost to staff illness since 2016 in North East – Rumbles

NHS Grampian and NHS Tayside are each losing over 1 million hours of staff time to illness each year, according to a freedom of information request obtained by North East Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles.

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