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””

WATCH: Emma Roddick takes aim at ‘green lairds’

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick today spoke out against big businesses purchasing land to offset their carbon emissions, who she claims “lack self-awareness”, while pointing out the need for further land reform in Scotland. She also raised the need for those proposing “rewilding” projects to understand the social context of why the Highlands areContinue reading “WATCH: Emma Roddick takes aim at ‘green lairds’”

Emma Roddick chats politics with Easter Ross pupils

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick today visited Alness Academy and Invergordon Academy to speak with and take questions from pupils in a visit facilitated by Developing the Young Workforce. Emma, who attended Alness Academy as a youngster, said she enjoyed seeing the new building. She said: “When I was in school, I really hadContinue reading “Emma Roddick chats politics with Easter Ross pupils”

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”

Meetings with organisations

When groups lobby MSPs, Ministers, Civil Servants, Special Advisers or Law Officers, they should submit a return to the Lobbying Register. Entries can be searched at: https://lobbying.scot/SPS/LobbyingRegister/SearchLobbyingRegister However, many meetings do not meet the criteria for lobbying, and MSPs cannot submit their own entries, meaning their Lobbying Register may seem incomplete. During the first fewContinue reading “Meetings with organisations”

Roddick tells Scottish Government that over-provision of short-term lets is “devastating” Highlands and Islands

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has raised concerns with the Scottish Government that short-term lets are “devastating” housing stock in the region. Speaking on Thursday morning, Roddick said: “The high density of short-term let properties are having a devastating effect on the availability of housing in the Highlands and Islands. “The number of holidayContinue reading “Roddick tells Scottish Government that over-provision of short-term lets is “devastating” Highlands and Islands”

WATCH: Roddick calls for rail improvements across the Highlands

MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has called for due attention to be paid to the Highlands in the process of improving rail services across Scotland. Roddick hailed the Scottish Government’s plans to take ScotRail into public ownership, saying it “provides us with a massive opportunity to get things right” but expressed herContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick calls for rail improvements across the Highlands”

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”