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Minister asked to 'apologise' over NHS waiting times

The SNP health minister has been asked to “apologise” to people in the North East due to lengthy waiting times for hospital treatment.

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Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid and north-east MSP Peter Chapman

MP and MSP meet residents at site of landslip

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid and north-east MSP Peter Chapman visited the site of the Gardenstown landslip yesterday in response to concerns from residents about the length of time they face being “cut off”.

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Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

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The First Minister will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow t mark 100 years of women's suffrage.

Debate to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to celebrate the centenary of women having the right to vote in the UK.

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Driving examiners will strike today and tomorrow.

Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Education Secretary John Swinney

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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Mr Stevenson said he was delighted at the decision

MSP welcomes UK Supreme Court ruling on alcohol

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the UK Supreme Court ruling allowing Scotland to set a minimum price for alcohol in Scotland.

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Mr Duguid argued that poor digital infrastructure in the area is hampering growth and slowing efforts to regenerate coastal towns and villages.

Broadband focus of MP's maiden speech

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has used his maiden speech to ask why an area so rich with industry and entrepreneurs is saddled with “one of the slowest broadband speeds in the country”.

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Foreign trade will benefit NE says MP

Foreign trade will benefit NE says MP

International trade with developing countries will benefit the north east of Scotland, according to a local MP.

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Eilidh Whitefor, the former SNP MP for Banff & Buchan, successfully led the Bill through to Royal Assent.

Advisors turn up pressure over Istanbul Convention

The group of experts that helped devise important legislation that could improve the lives of thousands of women and girls across the country have released a joint statement calling for swift action from the UK Government.

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Gillian Martin MSP says the voices of this community cannot simply be left to the wayside by the UK Government

Gove accused of ignoring letters on farming post-Brexit

Two North-East MSPs have accused the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of twice ignoring a letter sent calling for assurances for farmers in future post-Brexit trade deals.

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Council officers Audrey Hendry, Iain Bell and Margaret Kahn are pictured with Stephen MacGregor from the Scottish Government, Skene School head teacher Amanda Hampton and Jackie Bird who presented the award.

Award for recruitment scheme

An innovative Aberdeenshire Council scheme which encourages people to become teachers has received a major award at a recent ceremony.

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Ross Thomson MP says the petition is a clear sign  once again  that people do not want to go back to the division of 2014.

‘No to indyref2’ petition to be debated at Westminster

A petition against a second Scottish independence referendum is to be debated at Westminster next month after more than 200,000 people signed it.

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Multiple occupancy plan for former children’s home denied

A rumour about the building which previously housed Scalloway Park Children’s home has been firmly denied by Aberdeenshire Council.

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Have your say on next Aberdeenshire development plan

There will be a presentation at Fraserburgh Community & Sports Centre on Monday, outlining how the next Local Development Plan will evolve.

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Gillian Martin MSP on a visit to NESCoL recently.

MSP launches film project

An MSP has launched a collaborative project for students at college in the North East to create a film around the dangers of social media including sexting and revenge porn.

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Gillian Martin spoke in Parliament after it was confirmed there would be continued support for more than 1,000 offices in the North-East

MSP backs support for North-east after Barclay review findings

The Scottish Government has revealed it will continue to support businesses in the North-East with continued transitional relief for office spaces.

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David Duguid is one of four Scottish Conservative MPs to have been confirmed as a member of the committee

Banff and Buchan MP secures place on key Westminster committee

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has pledged to make the most of a new opportunity to stand up for his north-east constituency after securing a place on the Scottish Affairs Committee.

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Alex Salmond on the Edinburgh Fringe stage

Curtain call on ex-First Minister’s Fringe show

Following a run of 19 sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Alex Salmond is refusing to rule out an early return to the stage.

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