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Turriff Advertiser

Visiting an Aberdeenshire farm, the Prime Minister announced that some £211 million is coming to Scotland’s farmers.

I welcomed the findings of the Bew review on EU convergence funding, following a campaign by Scottish Conservative MPs to set a past wrong right.

Banffshire Journal 7 August 2019

Our new Prime Minister is a strong advocate for the Union and will stand up against Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP. They are running scared from Mr. Johnson and his positive vision for the whole United Kingdom outside of the EU.

Turriff Advertiser 19 July 2019

Last year, Turriff won the ‘Scotland’s Towns’ award for most beautiful high street in Scotland.

It was a highly-competitive category but the award was well-deserved.

Turriff Advertiser 4 July 2019

The announcement of an hours reduction at Turriff Hospital’s minor injuries unit has been a real blow to the community and those who represent it.

Banffshire Journal 2 July 2019

Climate change has been at the forefront of the political agenda in recent months.

 

The UK Government has become the first of the G7 nations to commit in law to reducing carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.

 

Turriff Advertiser 31 May 2019

I am very pleased to hear that, following an appeal for new members, the St Marnans Sports Club have had a productive AGM and filled their committee.

Banffshire Journal 28 May 2019

There has been a lot of coverage in recent weeks about the future of minor injury units here in Banff and in Turriff.

 

Understandably, there has been concern about any suggestion of a downgrade in services provided locally. 

 

Turriff Advertiser 17 May 2019

It is Mental Health Awareness Week and it is clear that Scotland’s mental health services are falling far short of what is needed.

A number of those who are affected by are children and young adults born with genetic and undiagnosed conditions like 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome (22q).

Buchan Observer 7 May 2019

We are at the threshold of a new era for power generation, which will provide green power while boosting the UK economy.

I’m glad that climate change is firmly back on the political agenda, most notably the Committee on Climate Change’s report, which was published on Thursday.

Banffshire Journal 7 May 2019

In a very informative couple of sessions at the Scottish Affairs Select Committee on Tuesday and Wednesday, I heard evidence from banking figures as to their take on the wave of branch closures we have seen in the last few years.