Roddick: ‘Boris bridge’ money should pay for Shetland’s fixed links

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has called on the Tory UK Government to make good on the money Scotland and Northern Ireland are owed as their share of the £20 billion from Boris Johnson’s ill-fated plan to build a bridge to Northern Ireland. The project – promoted by Boris Johnson – was costed at £20 billion,Continue reading “Roddick: ‘Boris bridge’ money should pay for Shetland’s fixed links”

Local MSP pushes for inter-island ferry fares to be included in free bus travel

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has expressed her support for including inter-island ferry fares in the planned rollout of free bus travel for under-22s. Roddick said: “I am supportive of the free bus travel scheme expanding to include inter-island ferries and have previously written to the minister to pursue this. “On our islands, aContinue reading “Local MSP pushes for inter-island ferry fares to be included in free bus travel”

Roddick wants focus on bereaved in COVID-19 inquiry

Emma Roddick MSP has asked that specific focus be given to the voices of grieving families in the upcoming independent inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. The independent inquiry will examine decisions taken during the course of the pandemic and any future lessons to take forward. Roddick said: “Grieving families are already goingContinue reading “Roddick wants focus on bereaved in COVID-19 inquiry”

WATCH: MSP praises Scottish Government benefits approach; supports “putting recipients first”

Speaking in a parliamentary debate on addressing issues with take-up of social security benefits, Emma Roddick MSP highlighted the work of a number of organisations across the Highlands and Islands that are working to end food poverty and noted the importance of person-centred, humane approaches in the Scottish Government’s benefit take-up strategy. Roddick said: “AsContinue reading “WATCH: MSP praises Scottish Government benefits approach; supports “putting recipients first””

Highlands MSP says empowered communities will look after nature

Emma Roddick MSP visited Migdale and Ledmore woods this week to chat to Woodland Trust workers about upcoming changes to legislation and their plans to introduce capercaillie to the woods. Roddick, who is the Scottish Environment LINK “Capercaillie Champion”, said: “It was great to get out in the fresh air and talk to the WoodlandContinue reading “Highlands MSP says empowered communities will look after nature”

“Size of the Highland Council suits nobody” says MSP

Highlands MSP Emma Roddick has renewed calls for smaller council areas as she pressed the Minister for Parliamentary Business on whether he felt the Highland Council could be considered a “local” authority. The Highland Council is the largest of all council areas in Scotland, covering roughly one-third of the country, and a review of itsContinue reading ““Size of the Highland Council suits nobody” says MSP”

Roddick praises work of Highlands and Islands charities over coronavirus pandemic

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament last week, Emma Roddick MSP highlighted the work of third sector organisations in providing support to vulnerable people across the Highlands and Islands over the course of the pandemic. Noting in particular the efforts of the Highland Third Sector Interface (HTSI) in supporting charities across the region and signposting peopleContinue reading “Roddick praises work of Highlands and Islands charities over coronavirus pandemic”

Roddick presses finance minister about Orkney Interconnector

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has pressed Tom Arthur, Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth, for clarifications regarding supporting suitable renewable energy developments which will ensure the case for an interconnector for Orkney. Ofgem’s approval for a new cable is reliant on at least 135 MW of new energy generation projects inContinue reading “Roddick presses finance minister about Orkney Interconnector”

WATCH: Roddick stands firm on the need for national implementation of “buffer zones”

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has voiced her support for protest-free buffer zones around clinics that provide abortion services in Scotland. Speaking in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 4th November, Roddick said she had been disturbed to read accounts by members of Back Off Scotland, an organisation campaigning for these buffer zones, who hadContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick stands firm on the need for national implementation of “buffer zones””

WATCH: “Scotland needs no lessons from the Tories on the environment” says Roddick

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has challenged the Tories in Parliament, contrasting their party’s approach with the Scottish Government’s record on protecting Scotland’s natural environment and fostering sustainability; noting that Scotland was one of the first nations in the world to formally declare a climate emergency. Roddick said: “Scotland more than carries its weightContinue reading “WATCH: “Scotland needs no lessons from the Tories on the environment” says Roddick”