Reliability and freight must take a front seat for rail spending

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today called on Network Rail to make network reliability and freight transport a priority, following the Office of Rail and Road’s latest assessment of plans to spend £4bn on Scotland’s rail infrastructure over the next five years.

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Chronic pain stats offer more bad news for Health Secretary

Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP today described new statistics showing hundreds of patients in need of chronic pain treatment waiting longer than the 18-week treatment target as "consistently disappointing".

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Bus proposals let companies “wash their hands of unprofitable routes”

Commenting on the publication of the Transport (Scotland) Bill, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said: “The Transport Minister professes his commitment to boosting bus usage but it’s under his leadership we’ve seen bus travel fall below 400 million journeys for the first time ever.

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Cabinet Secretary would rather talk about the weather than his vision for Scottish agriculture

Under questioning from North East MSP Mike Rumbles, in the rural affairs committee today, the Cabinet Secretary responsible for Scotland’s rural economy had nothing to say when asked about his vision for Scottish agriculture. Instead of providing a clear answer to the committee, the Cabinet Secretary chose to talk about the weather.

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Ewing fails to present any plans for Scottish agriculture

Scottish Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today called out Fergus Ewing for utterly failing to set out any plans for the future of Scottish farming.

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War of words over CAP assessment leaves rural communities high and dry

The Scottish Government’s Rural Economy Secretary has openly refused to carry out an impact assessment into the economic damage faced by rural communities, after three years of delayed Common Agricultural farm payments. In a letter to North East MSP Mike Rumbles the Cabinet Secretary declared ‘I can see no value in undertaking such a review’.

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Fewer and fewer pupils walking to school

Welcoming Sustrans’ 2018 ‘Hands Up’ report, North East MSP Mike Rumbles has highlighted the fact that fewer pupils are walking to school now than at any other point in the past five years.

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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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