Reid Calls For Justice For Victims Of Equitable Life

Alan Reid MP wants the Government to compensate policy holders of the failed Equitable Life in full as recommended by the Parliamentary Ombudsman. The Government had accepted the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s findings in full, including the recommendation that policy holders should be put back in the position they would have been in had maladministration not occurred in the Government Actuaries Department, but...

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16 and 17-year-olds should have vote to elect MSPs

Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute called for a rejection of any move by the House of Lords to prevent 16 and 17-year-olds from voting in Scottish Parliament elections.

At Scottish Questions in the Commons today (Wednesday) Mr Reid said: "The out-of-touch House of Lords Constitution Committee has said that not enough thought has been given to the impact of giving 16 and 17-year-olds the vote.  I hope the Government will reject this recommendation and give 16 and 17-year-olds the right to have their say on who represents them in the Scottish Parliament."

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Royal Mail exceeding targets in Scotland

Alan Reid MP at Oban Sorting Office in 2013

Alan Reid MP has congratulated Royal Mail for a target-beating performance across the whole of Scotland including his own constituency.

During the first three quarters of the 2014-15 financial year, from April to December 2014, all 13 of the regulated postcode areas in Scotland were above their target of 93 per cent of first class mail delivered on time - the next working day after posting.

The G post code which includes the Helensburgh & Lomond area achieved 94.8 per cent; the PA post code, which covers the rest of Argyll and Bute, scored 94 per cent.

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Superfast broadband for Dunoon

Alan Reid MP has successfully challenged BT Openreach over the arrival of fibre optic broadband in Dunoon, on behalf of a constituent.

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At last a bus turning circle at Rest & Be Thankful

Alan Reid MP welcomed the announcement of a bus turning circle at the Rest & Be Thankful. He has been campaigning on behalf of Lochgoilhead residents for a safe bus stop here.

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Speedier assessments for people applying for disability benefit

Alan Reid MP taking notes outsideWaiting times for PIP (Personal Independence Payment) consultations for ill and disabled people in Argyll and Bute have been reduced following complaints from Alan Reid MP.

Mr Reid had complained about the long delays in a Commons debate and recently met senior official from Atos Healthcare, which conducts assessments on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions. Atos is now improving its service.

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SNP denying cash to Argyll & Bute Schools

Alan Reid MP has criticised the SNP Government for ignoring poorer pupils in Argyll and Bute after the Scottish Education Secretary revealed that local children are set to miss out on a new attainment fund.

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Reid calls for 2% Whisky Duty cut

Chancellor George Osborne has been urged by Alan Reid MP to cut the duty on Scotch whisky by two per cent in his final budget before the general election in May. With 14 distilleries in his Argyll and Bute constituency the LibDem MP said the cut in duty would boost the economy.

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Reid calls for Spaceport at Machrihanish

Machrihanish is the obvious location for the UK's spaceport, Alan Reid, MP for Argyll and Bute, told Parliament.

Alan Reid MP pictured on the taxiway at Machrihanish Airbase with MACC Development Ltd Business manager, Malcolm McMillan (left) and Chairman, Jim Martin (right)

Speaking in the House of Commons on Thursday 12 February the LibDem MP pressured the government to announce the chosen site as soon as possible and said the community-owned former RAF base was the right place for the UK to reach for the stars.

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Reid calls for groceries code to be extended to help dairy farmers

The Government will investigate tougher rules for supermarkets' dealings with dairy farmers, thanks to Alan Reid MP.

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Debate on the Scotch Whisky industry secured by Reid

key_alanwhiskyphoto.jpgThe vital role Scotch whisky plays in the economy, not just of Scotland but the UK as a whole, will be debated in the House of Commons on Thursday February 12, thanks to Alan Reid MP.

The Speaker of the House, John Bercow, granted the Argyll and Bute MP's request for the debate. Mr Reid said: "Almost £5 billion a year is added to the UK economy by the Scotch whisky industry. This is a vital part of the UK economy."

A major report commissioned by the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has just been launched: "The Economic Impact of Scotch Whisky Production in the UK."

Alan Reid welcomed the industry’s economic contribution at a Parliamentary event last Wednesday hosted by the SWA to mark the new report, which was attended by members of the industry’s supply chain and MPs.

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Reid calls for help for beleaguered dairy farms

The Government must give the Groceries Code Adjudicator more powers, the taxman should be more helpful and the EU step in with milk price intervention, Alan Reid MP believes, to help the nation's beleaguered dairy farmers.
 
The fall in the milk price is causing serious problems for British dairy farmers, the Argyll and Bute MP told a debate on the industry in Parliament on Wednesday.
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Reid calls for urgent action after Dalavich pensioners unable to lift pensions at post office for four weeks

Alan Reid MP for Argyll and Bute called on BT, Fujitsu and Post Office Ltd to get their act together and restore telecomms at the Post Office in Dalavich, where the pensioners in the Loch Awe-side village have been unable to collect their pensions for four weeks.
 
The village's Community Council asked Mr Reid to step in last week, after weeks of problems.
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Reid hits out at lack of Broadband service for Dunoon

Alan Reid MP welcomed the promise of high-speed broadband this summer for the Lochgilphead, Campbeltown, Rothesay and Craignure exchanges, but also spoke of the frustration felt across Argyll and Bute by people waiting for a decent basic broadband speed in the first place.
 
He also hit out during the Commons debate on rural phones and broadband today at the lack of anything concrete for many other parts of Argyll & Bute.
 
"The Scottish Government and BT must be much more open and tell people when, or if, their home or business will be connected to fibre-optic broadband," Mr Reid said.
 
“Bringing superfast broadband to rural areas is vital. I am pleased that more than 20 per cent of the Government’s investment in superfast broadband—more than £100 million—was given to the Scottish Government to bring superfast broadband to rural areas in Scotland," he said. "However, delivery was left to the Scottish Government, and they gave the contract to BT Openreach. 
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Reid criticises poor Vodafone service in Islay

The problems Islay has endured with its Vodafone mobile phone service over the past year were raised in the House of Commons by Alan Reid MP during a major debate on rural telecommunications.
 
He said Vodafone's performance on repairs has been poor: "For example, last summer it took 18 days to repair a fault on the Isle of Islay, and another fault on Islay in December took even longer to repair. 
 
"These are not isolated cases. There is now yet another fault on Islay that is taking ages to repair, and there have been several instances in other parts of Argyll and Bute of long delays. When challenged, Vodafone dodged responsibility by blaming the many other companies involved in tracking down and repairing faults.
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Reid welcomes promise of High-Speed Broadband for Lochgilphead, Campbeltown, Rothesay & Raignure exchanges, but hits out at lack of action elsewhere

Alan Reid MP welcomed the promise of high-speed broadband this summer for the Lochgilphead, Campbeltown, Rothesay and Craignure exchanges, but also spoke of the frustration felt across Argyll and Bute by people waiting for a decent basic broadband speed in the first place.
 
He also hit out during the Commons debate on rural phones and broadband today at the lack of anything concrete for many other parts of Argyll & Bute.
 
"The Scottish Government and BT must be much more open and tell people when, or if, their home or business will be connected to fibre-optic broadband," Mr Reid said.
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Reid criticises amount of time it takes BT to repair faults

Alan Reid MP told the House of Commons how a South Kintyre man has been kept on hold weeks on end by BT, during a major debate on rural phones and broadband.
 
"In the past two months, telephone companies, both landline and mobile, have failed miserably to keep many of my constituents in telephone contact with the rest of the world," said the MP for Argyll and Bute during the debate on Tuesday.
 
And he wants to see the government get tough with the telecom giant by tightening the rules.
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Alan Reid gets apology for Argyll & Bute from the BBC

Following the news that the BBC had insulted Argyll and Bute. Alan Reid MP has extracted an apology from the BBC for the "dismissive” way a reporter referred to Mid Argyll where our beavers live.

 

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Alan Reid attends Helensburgh Lib Dems Burns Supper

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More than 100 members and guests of the Helensburgh Liberal Democrats celebrated Robert Burns at the town’s Commodore Hotel on Saturday night.
 
The evening began with traditional Scottish music from Ian and Heulwen Hall. 
Piper Colin Smith, of Portincaple, played for the evening; piping as the guests arrived, piping the top table guests to their seats and also piping in the haggis, which was carried by Andrew Nisbet, Convenor, Helensburgh LibDems, before the meal of cock-a-leekie soup, haggis neeps and tatties and
Cranachan and shortbread.
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NHS 'Tele-Booths' a non starter due to poor infrastructure says Reid.

The plan to use tele-booths so that patients in remote areas can contact a GP out-of-hours service is a non-starter given the very poor telecoms infrastructure, Alan Reid MP believes.
 
"Experiences during the last couple of months in Argyll and Bute sadly prove that," said the Argyll and Bute MP.
 
"How can NHS Highland use this technology when it is at the mercy of bad weather and the inability of BT and mobile phone companies to carry out repairs?" said Mr Reid. "Until the telecoms infrastructure is greatly improved and made resilient this is not the solution."
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Fairer Allocation of CAP funds needed

Alan Reid MP wants to see a fair allocation of CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) funds between the four countries of the UK as soon as possible.
 
The MP for Argyll and Bute raised the question in the House of Commons on Thursday as to when a review was planned of the reallocation of CAP - Common Agricultural Policy - funds between Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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Reid welcomes £2 million for thousands of royal navy personnel in Argyll and Bute

Thousands of Naval personnel and their families in Argyll and Bute will benefit from a pay-out of £2 million from fines paid by the banking industry  said Alan Reid MP.
 
"It is fitting that money from the Libor fines is channelled into supporting the military families at the Clyde base," said the Argyll and Bute MP who has welcomed the news from the Treasury.
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Reid sticks up for Argyll & Bute following BBC insult

Who are you calling uncivilised?
 
Alan Reid MP is sticking up for the population of Mid Argyll and its beavers, after an 'insult' from BBC Devon reporter John Maguire.
 
Mr Maguire was reporting on beavers in the wild near the Devon town of Ottery St Mary, a first for England in some 500 years; he was less than complimentary about Argyll's own four-footed dam builders and their location.
 
"There is a population [of beavers] up in Scotland. The difference there, though, is that they are out in the middle of nowhere but here on the River Otter [they are] quite close to civilisation, the town of Ottery St Mary," said John Maguire in his report on BBC News.
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Post Office to stay in Inverary

Inveraray will have a new-style local Post Office this spring, and Alan Reid MP has welcomed the news that the town will keep this vital service with increased opening hours - a move which received no objections from customers.
 
The changeover is planned to be seamless; on March 11 the new branch at the Londis Store at the Arch Filling Station will open as the other closes.
 
Mr Reid, MP for Argyll and Bute said: "I’m pleased that, although the existing post office is to close, Inveraray will still have a post office. Post Office Ltd told me that during the required consultation period into the proposed move there were no objections to the move from customers or local representatives.
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