A calm day on the Clyde, yet for part of the day one of the Argyll Ferries ‘bathtubs’ wasn't able to sail due to a ‘technical issue’. High time the SNP gave passengers on the Dunoon-Gourock route a reliable service. Remember they promised us two new vehicle/passenger ferries, then gave us the bathtubs.
Alan Reid says, "The SNP decision to abolish the governing board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the end for special economic development in the Highlands and Islands. HIE will now become simply a branch office of the Scottish government. There will be no board to provide a unique Highlands and Islands focus - instead there will be top down centralised control from Edinburgh."
"For the past 50 years, starting with the Highlands & Islands Development Board, there has been a board with local knowledge to drive economic development in the Highlands & Islands. This latest SNP centralisation is bad news for the Highlands & Islands."
At the Scottish Liberal Democrat Autumn Conference in Dunfermline, Alan Reid spoke in favour of holding a Referendum on any Brexit deal negotiated by the UK Government.
He told the Conference,
“People were sold a false future by the Leave campaign. Remember the £350 million a week for the NHS?Read more
In a speech to the Annual General Meeting of the Argyll & Bute Liberal Democrats in Inveraray, Scottish party leader, Willie Rennie said,
“Month by month the people who live in Argyll and Highland are seeing the cost of not having a strong liberal voice to challenge the Scottish Government.Read more
Alan Reid received a positive response while campaigning in TarbertRead more
Alan Reid campaigned in Oban town centre today. A lot of varied topics raised, but the theme which kept coming through is that people are fed up with the ‘Neverendum’ that we seem to saddled with.
Interesting debate at Bid4Oban hustings. Hot topic was the Rest & Be Thankful. Essential that the next Scottish Government decides quickly to proceed with one of the four affordable options in the Jacobs Report.Read more
Good debate at the NFUS (National Farmers Union Scotland) hustings in Oban last night. The most important matter discussed was the failure of the Scottish Government’s computer to pay farmers the Common Agricultural Policy payments they are due.Read more
Alan Reid drove to Campbeltown yesterday. The A83 is a disgrace for a trunk road, riddled with potholesRead more
Alan Reid spent the afternoon campaigning in CampbeltownRead more
Alan Reid welcomed the opening of two new ACHA houses at Torr Mor in Tayvallich todayRead more
Action must be taken to end the rural GP crisis. Hundreds of practices have GP posts sitting empty for six months or more and we are facing a black hole in practices by 2020 when a third of GPs currently working will have retired.Read more
It’s high time a proper solution was implemented to stop landslides blocking the A83 at the Rest & Be Thankful.Read more
Reacting to the Audit Scotland report on Argyll & Bute Council, local Liberal Democrat candidate, Alan Reid said,Read more
Alan Reid, Liberal Democrat candidate for Argyll & Bute, called on the Scottish Government, BT and mobile phone companies to improve their coverage in Argyll & Bute.Read more
Alan Reid, Liberal Democrat candidate for Argyll & Bute, warned that the £10 million extra a year for mental health announced in the draft Scottish Budget is “a drop in the ocean” as new analysis revealed that mental ill health could cost Scotland as much as £10 billion every year.Read more
Alan Reid, Liberal Democrat candidate for Argyll & Bute, has welcomed the Scottish Government’s U-turn on cuts to funding for Scotland’s largest rural youth organisation, the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC).Read more
Alan Reid, Liberal Democrat candidate for Argyll & Bute, has called on the Scottish Government to act at long last and put in place a permanent solution to keep the A83 open at the Rest & Be Thankful. He spoke out following the failing of the netting to stop the latest landslide to close the road.Read more
I am very pleased that the local Liberal Democrats have selected me to contest next May’s Holyrood Election.
Following on from the increase in our vote and clear second place at last May’s election, the Liberal Democrats are best placed to challenge the SNP and bring about the change that Argyll & Bute so badly needs.Read more
Alan Reid, Liberal Democrat candidate for Argyll & Bute, has slammed the ward boundary proposals for Argyll & Bute Council as "the most ridiculous he has ever seen" in a submission to the Boundary Commission.Read more
Liberal Democrat candidate for Argyll & Bute, Alan Reid, has called on the Scottish Government and CalMac to ensure there will never again be a repeat of the Easter chaos on the ferries which serve Islay and Colonsay. Many sailings to these islands were cancelled over the Easter holiday period because both the Hebridean Isles and the Isle of Arran broke down and the Finlaggan was being used in the Western Isles.Read more