Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “keeping endometriosis on agenda”

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has advised that she is keeping endometriosis on her agenda following a meeting with Kirsteen Campbell from Endometriosis UK North Highland branch. Roddick, who has spoken in the past about the need for better diagnosis times and treatment for endometriosis, said that improving access to medical careContinue reading “Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick “keeping endometriosis on agenda””

Roddick hails Scotland’s record on women’s rights; condemns Tory response to Sarah Everard murder

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick slammed the UK Government’s record on women’s rights on Wednesday, condemning statements made by a Tory police commissioner that suggested Sarah Everard should have been more “streetwise” when confronted by her murderer. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Roddick highlighted the different approaches of the UK and Scottish Governments, notingContinue reading “Roddick hails Scotland’s record on women’s rights; condemns Tory response to Sarah Everard murder”

Roddick slams Tories on human rights record; “they are intent on ensuring Scotland knows its place”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has attacked the Conservatives on their record of human rights at home and abroad in a debate which took place on the 6th of October on Scotland’s place in the world. She said: “Only this morning, the UK Government was successful in overturning a unanimous decision by this ParliamentContinue reading “Roddick slams Tories on human rights record; “they are intent on ensuring Scotland knows its place””

WATCH: Roddick asks Scottish Government about undoing Right to Buy “damage”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government what work they are doing to support councils to buy back homes sold off under Right to Buy. Cabinet Secretary Shona Robinson confirmed that local authorities are encouraged to buy back ex-council properties in order to help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis. Roddick commented: “WeContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick asks Scottish Government about undoing Right to Buy “damage””

WATCH: Emma Roddick MSP speaks out against Tory-led Universal Credit cuts

The SNP MSP for the Highlands and Islands challenged the UK Government in a Scottish Parliament debate today, describing plans to end the £20 Universal Credit uplift as “as ridiculous as it is morally reprehensible.” The Universal Credit uplift was introduced six months ago in response to rising household bills and formed a vital lifelineContinue reading “WATCH: Emma Roddick MSP speaks out against Tory-led Universal Credit cuts”

MSP welcomes boundary proposal rejection

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed today’s unanimous recommendation of the Local Government, Housing and Planning Committee to reject Boundaries Scotland proposals to redraw Highland Council wards ahead of the 2022 elections. The proposals, which would see Sutherland, Culloden and Ardersier, and Skye lose councillors and move much of rural Inverness into wardsContinue reading “MSP welcomes boundary proposal rejection”

Emma Roddick MSP expresses concerns over disability benefit appeals

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has expressed concerns over the number of successful disability appeals following declined applications. Roddick said: “It worries me that three in five appeals for disability benefits were successful after initially being declined by the DWP, with Personal Independence Payment being the worst hit. “Many disabled people do not haveContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP expresses concerns over disability benefit appeals”

MSP marks Poverty Week with surgery tour – “you will be met with understanding”

Emma Roddick MSP is marking Challenge Poverty Week 2021, which is taking place between 4th – 10th October, by holding three surgeries around the Moray Firth area during the event. The first two will be held on Friday 8th, with Emma stationed in Nairn Community Centre from 09:30 – 11:30 and then Merkinch Community CentreContinue reading “MSP marks Poverty Week with surgery tour – “you will be met with understanding””

Roddick supports call for tighter controls on speeding vehicles on NC500

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has voiced support for further measures to combat speeding drivers on the North Coast 500. Roddick said: “Speeding drivers are a huge concern for residents of the towns and villages the NC500 passes through. The route is often narrow with many twists and turns, and it’s very easy forContinue reading “Roddick supports call for tighter controls on speeding vehicles on NC500”

Roddick asks Scottish Government about ferry investment

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government how much investment Scottish ferry services have seen since 2007, and how additional funds will be allocated to the region. Speaking in Parliament, Roddick asked the Transport Minister, Graeme Dey, for figures amid concerns that ferry services do not provide sufficient capacity for passengers.Continue reading “Roddick asks Scottish Government about ferry investment”