Rumbles calls for Bennachie to be protected during A96 planning phase

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has called on the Scottish Government to guarantee that Aberdeenshire’s iconic Bennachie will protected throughout the development process for dualling the A96. The Liberal Democrat MSP quizzed Economy Secretary Keith Brown on the issue, this morning, after concerns were raised by the Save Bennachie campaign group earlier this week.

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Rumbles welcomes clarity on broadband speeds for customers

Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Connectivity, Mike Rumbles MSP, has welcomed new advertising regulation for broadband providers, ensuring that publicised speeds are available to at least 50% of customers at peak times.

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North East councils forced to charge service users to balance the books

Figures released by the Scottish Parliament’s library (SPICe) show that both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire have seen the sharpest rise in charges to service users in Scotland.    

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Aberdeen worst hit by 2015/16 slump in employment

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has called for support for local industries after alarming employment figures, released by the Scottish Government today, show that Aberdeen City saw the sharpest fall in employment of any local authority area in Scotland in 2015/16.

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Rumbles reveals worst adult mental health waiting times in NHS Grampian

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has today revealed shocking figures that some patients in NHS Grampian have waited years for psychological therapy treatment. The Scottish Liberal Democrats have called for a step change in how we treat mental health in Scotland.

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Rumbles backs calls for improved mobile coverage after study shows Scotland is trailing behind

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has added his voice to a Federation of Small Business (FSB) campaign, launched today, calling on the UK Government to intervene on mobile phone coverage in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Liberal Democrat MSP also urged the Scottish Government to do more to target rural blackspots.

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Spin doesn’t match reality of declining rail service

Despite efforts to claim that rail services in Scotland are getting better, Scotrail Alliance boss Alex Hynes was forced to admit that the service ‘could be improved’ after failing to meet 22 of 34 performance targets, in an evidence session for the Rural Economy and Connectivity committee this morning.

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Environment LINK survey is proof of the pudding for farm support

North East MSP Mike Rumbles has welcomed the results of a survey carried out by Scottish Environment LINK, showing that most Scots want ministers to do more to make farm payments work for our environment.

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Another £860k ploughed into failing CAP IT system

Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has revealed that the Scottish Government has had to put another £860,000 into the notorious CAP IT system.

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Rumbles demands plan to tackle “digital desert”

Scottish Liberal Democrat connectivity spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today used a parliamentary debate on broadband provision to demand that the Scottish Government publish plans telling households that have been left behind, when they can expect superfast broadband to be delivered to their homes and businesses.

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