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”

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”

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”

Islands MSP supports Orkney’s first Pride march

Following Orkney Pride celebrations on 26th June, organisers have shared an interview with Emma Roddick MSP, the island’s only out Parliamentarian. Roddick had said she was “delighted” to be taking part in the march, a first for the island, after a year of COVID restrictions prevented them from taking place in 2020.

New Highlands and Islands MSP to visit Orkney

New MSP Emma Roddick, who won a Highlands & Islands list seat for the SNP last month, arrives in Kirkwall later this week to consult council leaders and local residents about the community’s welfare during recovery from the pandemic. Scotland’s youngest MSP will meet with Orkney Islands Council leadership on Friday afternoon.  In addition toContinue reading “New Highlands and Islands MSP to visit Orkney”

Delight as Shetland Islands receives £53,000 for kids’ summer activities

SNP MSP for Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has expressed her delight as Shetland Islands Council is set to receive £53,000 from the Scottish Government to encourage children to play and socialise as part of the recovery from the pandemic. Councils across Scotland will receive a share of £15m to support summer activities that areContinue reading “Delight as Shetland Islands receives £53,000 for kids’ summer activities”

New Highlands and Islands MSP makes Shetland first regional visit

New MSP Emma Roddick, who won a Highlands & Islands list seat for the SNP last month, arrives in Shetland today to consult council leaders and local residents about the community’s welfare during recovery from the pandemic.  The three-day tour marks her first official visit since being sworn in at Holyrood. First call for Scotland’s youngestContinue reading “New Highlands and Islands MSP makes Shetland first regional visit”

WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP highlights mental health in first speech

In her first speech in Parliament on 1st June 2021, Emma Roddick addressed the ongoing mental health crisis that is especially acute in the Highlands and Islands, drawing attention to the fact that loneliness and isolation are an ongoing problem in rural communities and warning that these issues cannot be ignored during the recovery period. You can watchContinue reading “WATCH: Highlands and Islands MSP highlights mental health in first speech”