Investment at Campbeltown Creamery

Alan Reid, Liberal Democrat candidate for Argyll & Bute, welcomed yesterday's Scottish Government announcement of a grant towards investment in the Campbeltown Creamery. As MP, Alan Reid had written to Scottish Rural Affairs Minister Richard Lochhead strongly supporting a grant towards investment in the creamery.

 

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Roof Repair Grants For Argyll & Bute Churches

Alan Reid MP has welcomed the news that four churches in his Argyll and Bute constituency will receive nearly £200,000 between them to help pay for roof repairs.Alan Reid MP at St. Conans Kirk

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Dunoon in June - Superfast Broadband

Deployment of superfast broadband in Dunoon will definitely start in June despite contradictory information on the websites belonging to BT and Digital Scotland. Alan Reid MP was given that assurance by BT’s Director for Scotland, Brendan Dick, when Mr Reid questioned him in front of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee last week.

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Reid calls for delivery of super fast broadband to 100% of the population

Smaller and more remote communities in the Highlands and Islands are getting frustrated over the delayed arrival of faster broadband said Alan Reid MP.
He was chairing the Scottish Affairs Committee hearing on telecommunications in rural areas of Scotland, where senior managers from BT and Vodafone and the regulator Ofcom were questioned on telecommunications in rural Scotland.
At least 84 per cent of the Highlands and Islands will get superfast broadband by the end of next year from BT’s new fibre optic cable network the inquiry was told.
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60 Day Mobile Phone Failure On Luing

The same January storm which knocked out Islay’s mobile phone coverage left neighbouring Luing without cover for 60 days the Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry, chaired by Alan Reid MP, heard. Vodfafone's Senior Regulatory Manager for Scotland said "It is unacceptable and we apologise".

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Vodafone interrogated by Reid over failings on Islay

Vodafone apologised to the people of Islay and promised to do better, when Alan Reid, MP for Argyll and Bute MP, chaired a Scottish Affairs Committee hearing into telecommunications in rural Scotland.
 
He interrogated Vodafone’s Paul Morris, Head of Government Affairs, and Colin Scott, Senior Regulatory Manager for Scotland, on their company’s failings on Islay.
 
The Vodafone signal on Islay has failed on several occasions recently with a long time to repair each time. Embarrassingly for Vodafone it had also failed on the day of the hearing.
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BT Chair Interrogated Over Long Phone Repair Times

Alan Reid, MP for Argyll and Bute MP, chaired a Scottish Affairs Committee hearing into telecommunications in rural Scotland, with an emphasis on the problems experienced over the winter, and he wasn't that impressed.
 
BT had declared MBORC (matters beyond our reasonable control) last December due to the lightning strikes. This allowed them to avoid fines for delays in carrying out repairs and for missing appointments.
 
Mr Reid said, "It seems when BT declares MBORC all standards go out of the window. There appears to be no incentive to carry out repairs within a quick period of time; BT Openreach is a monopoly in rural Scotland and if it declares MBORC there are no fines,"
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Budget Proposal lowers Electricity Bills

Alan Reid MP has welcomed the move within the 2015 Budget which will bring a windfall for electricity bills in the former Scottish Hydro area.

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Supporting Rates Relief For Local Newspapers

Business rates are a devolved matter, and Alan Reid MP is calling on the Scottish Government to show the same level of support for local weekly newspapers as in England, after the Chancellor announced a commission into ways of supporting the press.

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Budget's Tax Changes To Help Farmers

The 2015 Budget gave a welcome relief to hard-pressed farmers, said Alan Reid, the MP for Argyll and Bute. Farmers will now be allowed to average their profits over five years for tax purposes. "During the House of Commons debate on the dairy industry, I had called for farmers to be allowed to average their profits for income tax purposes over several years to make it easier for them to cope with a mixture of good and bad years," said Mr Reid.

 


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Whisky Duty Cut in LibDem Debate Success

Alan Reid, MP for Argyll and Bute, said he was delighted that the Chancellor had listened to his advice and cut the duty on whisky by two per cent in the 2015 budget - hailed by the industry as "a historic decision". The Lib Dem, who has represented Argyll and Bute for 14 years, had called for the duty to be cut when he secured a debate in the House of Commons in February on the whisky industry.

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Reid reacts to the Budget

Whisky duty cut, a better tax deal for farmers and low earners, faster broadband and frozen fuel prices announced in the 2015 Budget are good news said Argyll and Bute MP Alan Reid.

He has welcomed announcements from the Chancellor's Budget on these matters for which he has been campaigning long and hard.
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Reid & Carmichael Visit Campbeltown Picture House

Alistair Carmichael, Secretary of State for Scotland; Jane Mayo, chair of Campbeltown Picture House, Alan Reid MP, for Argyll and Bute, and Alistair Boyd, a director of Campbeltown Picture House

A tour of Kintyre for the Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Carmichael MP included a trip to The Picture House. He and Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute weren't there to see a film, but to see for themselves the ambitious plans the Campbeltown Community Business Ltd has for the historic Campbeltown Picture House, an A-listed building which is more than 100 years old.

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Reid & Carmichael Hear About Machrihanish Spaceport Developments

Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC) members met with Alan Reid MP and Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP and told them of their plans for Kintyre to boldly go into the space business. Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute for 14 years is a confirmed backer of Machrihanish becoming the home of the UK's first spaceport for the launching of satellites and for space tourism as it develops; it is on a short list against four other venues.Alistair Carmichael at MACC

Pictured from left: Malcolm McMillan, business development manager, MACC Developments Ltd;  Alan Reid MP, Alistair Carmichael MP, Jim Martin, chair MACC Developments Ltd, Tom Millar, chair MACC.

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Carmichael & Reid Meet Dairy Farmers

Alistair Carmichael MP and Alan Reid MP meet Kintyre Dairy FarmersSecretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael MP and Alan Reid MP met with Kintyre farmers for a kitchen conference and heard about problems facing the dairy industry, First Milk cooperative members and the future development of Campbeltown Creamery.

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LibDem Manifesto Delivers Road Fuel Price Cuts

Petrol and diesel prices for people in the Appin area will be cut by 5 pence per litre. The news has been welcomed by Alan Reid who has been fighting for lower fuel prices since he was elected in 2001 as MP for Argyll and Bute.

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Reid & Kennedy meet BT about Superfast Broadband

Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute and his fellow Highlands and Islands Liberal Democrat MP Charles Kennedy today (Tuesday) met with senior BT personnel to raise ongoing issues concerning poor local broadband connectivity. BT has been awarded multi million pound contracts to deliver superfast broadband to rural Britain. Mr Reid and Mr Kennedy expressed concern that there was a lack of clarity about which communities would benefit from the extension of BT’s fibre optic cable network.

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Machrihanish makes Spaceport Shortlist!

Kintyre is in the running to be home to the UK and Europe's first spaceport, and that is fantastic news, said Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute. The shortlist of five locations was announced today (Tuesday) after a consultation launched in July last year to support the Government's ambition for sub-orbital spaceplane operations from the UK by 2018.

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Halt decline in number of retained firefighters

Alan Reid MP is calling for the Scottish Government to halt the drop in numbers of retained firefighters across Scotland, and put all it can into a massive recruitment drive. "A constituency such as mine, here in Argyll and Bute, relies heavily on retained firefighters. These men and women play a vital role, alongside their full-time and volunteer colleagues, in keeping our communities safe," said Mr Reid, who has held the seat since 2001.

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Lib Dem Campaign Meeting in Inveraray

The Argyll and Bute Liberal Democrats campaign committee met at The Argyll Hotel, Inveraray, on Saturday to plan Alan Reid's re-election campaign. They know that it will be a close contest between Alan Reid and the SNP candidate, but are confident that Alan Reid's 14-year track record of delivering for Argyll and Bute will see him returned to Parliament on 7 May.

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Beware a National Identity Database by stealth!

Scotland is sleep-walking into a Big Brother state with ID cards and citizen surveillance, warns Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute.

"Amendments are currently being proposed to an existing piece of legislation, National Health Service Central Register (Scotland) Regulations 2006. That sounds all very mundane and hardly likely to catch anyone's attention, but what is being proposed is a national identity database by the backdoor; a stealth operation in state control by the SNP," said Mr Reid.

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Toughening of law against nuisance telephone calls welcomed

Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute,  a member of the all-party group set up to tackle nuisance telephone calls, has welcomed the news that the Government will make it easier for the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) to get tough against the firms behind these infuriating, everyday occurrences.

From 6 April, the ICO will no longer have to prove that the calls are causing ‘substantial damage or substantial distress’ before taking action against those responsible.

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BT repair rules must be tightened

After a winter of discontent for landline and broadband users across his constituency, Alan Reid MP has called for the rules on repairs to be tightened. Many communities in Argyll & Bute have suffered long delays waiting for repairs to be carried out.

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Government short changing NHS Highland

Alan Reid MP has criticised the SNP Government for short changing NHS Highland.

The Argyll and Bute MP said that on January 11 this year, the Scottish Government issued a statement which said that an additional tranche of funding would “bring all health boards to within one per cent of parity under the NHS funding formula (NRAC) a year earlier than planned".

But figures published last week show that NHS Highland is one of six health boards which have not been brought within one per cent of parity under the funding formula.

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