Emma Roddick MSP appointed Co-Convener of LGBTQI+ Cross-Party Group

Emma Roddick, the first openly LGBTQI+ MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has been appointed co-convener of the LGBTQI+ Cross Party Group in the Scottish Parliament alongside Conservative MSP Jamie Greene. The group reconvened on Wednesday, with Roddick taking to Twitter to express her gratitude and drive to continue supporting the LGBTQI+ community. Speaking aboutContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP appointed Co-Convener of LGBTQI+ Cross-Party Group”

Highlands MSP Emma Roddick calls for more support for new farmers and crofters

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has asked the Scottish Government how they plan to support more people to gain the skills and education required to become farmers and crofters. Roddick asked Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Mairi Gougeon, what is being done to make land-based career opportunities more accessible in order toContinue reading “Highlands MSP Emma Roddick calls for more support for new farmers and crofters”

Roddick asks Scottish Government how local authorities can support parking ban

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has questioned Transport Minister Graeme Dey over the incoming ban on parking on pavements and public walkways. Roddick asked the Transport Minister for suggestions on how communities and local authorities can encourage more appropriate use of pavements prior to the ban coming into force. Discussing the issue, Roddick said:Continue reading “Roddick asks Scottish Government how local authorities can support parking ban”

Roddick Announces Local Hero Nomination as Volunteer First Responder Michael O’Neill

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, has announced the nomination of Alness resident Michael O’Neill as the Local Hero from the region. O’Neill has done invaluable work in the Highlands; setting up Alness First Responders, a volunteer group who attend 999 calls to provide urgent care before an ambulance arrives. The group, nowContinue reading “Roddick Announces Local Hero Nomination as Volunteer First Responder Michael O’Neill”

Highland MSP demands improvements to Highland rail infrastructure

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has today asked the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to ensure that the transport needs of the Highlands will not be overlooked in the Greens’ deal. Roddick is pushing for the doubling of the Highland Main Line alongside the Inverness to Aberdeen line. Speaking remotely this afternoon, Roddick stated thatContinue reading “Highland MSP demands improvements to Highland rail infrastructure”

“No excuse for lower quality trains” says Roddick

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, expressed frustration at ScotRail’s proposals for inter-city rail travel to the north of Scotland. The proposals – announced this week as part of ScotRail’s ‘Fit for the Future’ plan – propose to continue to use class 170 instead of High Speed Trains between Inverness, Aberdeen and theContinue reading ““No excuse for lower quality trains” says Roddick”

MSP says short-term let regulation “vital” to tackling housing crisis

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has claimed short-term let regulation is “vital” to tackling the housing crisis in the Highlands and Islands. Short-term lets have been an area of discussion in Scotland for a while, with the effects being magnified by the Coronavirus pandemic. The increase of individuals ‘holidaying at home’ has been exponential and hasContinue reading “MSP says short-term let regulation “vital” to tackling housing crisis”

Dundreggan Rewilding Centre “fantastic idea” says Emma Roddick

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has visited Dundreggan Rewilding Centre, developed by Trees for Life, to discuss the work they do, and their plans to make the forest more accessible to the public. Rewilding is the practice of restoring natural ecosystems to Scotland, by planting native trees and greenery – and encouraging wildlife toContinue reading “Dundreggan Rewilding Centre “fantastic idea” says Emma Roddick”

Roddick supports historic Caithness with Broch Project

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick met this week with the Caithness Broch Project to discuss the work they do and the challenges they face. The project consists of a team of volunteers who preserve and maintain the county’s brochs; circular stone structures unique to Scotland, known to be at least 2,000 years old. TheContinue reading “Roddick supports historic Caithness with Broch Project”

Roddick urges projects in Shetland to apply for Scotland Loves Local Fund

Emma Roddick MSP has urged projects in Shetland to apply for the newly launched Scotland Loves Local Fund. The scheme has been launched by the SNP Scottish Government to support local projects run by organisations like town centre partnerships, chambers of commerce or community and charity trusts. It will provide projects with match funding ofContinue reading “Roddick urges projects in Shetland to apply for Scotland Loves Local Fund”