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South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth has urged the Scottish and UK Governments to turn their “warm words” about the Borderlands into “hard cash” and use their forthcoming budgets to fund a Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal.

TIME FOR GOVERNMENTS TO TURN “WARM WORDS” OVER BORDERLANDS INTO “HARD CASH”

South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth has urged the Scottish and UK Governments to turn their “warm words” about the Borderlands into “hard cash” and use their forthcoming budgets to... Read more »

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South of Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has described figures from a recent report which showed 15.1% of chronic pain sufferers across Ayrshire and Arran, are waiting over the 18-week legal waiting time target for treatment, as “totally unacceptable.”

MSP EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER “TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE” WAITING TIMES FOR CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS ACROSS AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN

South of Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has described figures from a recent report which showed 15.1% of chronic pain sufferers across Ayrshire and Arran, are waiting over the 18-week legal... Read more »

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The NHS staffing crisis is spiralling out of control, according to South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth after new figures revealed that consultant vacancies have reached 20.9% in NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

RISE IN CONSULTANT VACANCY RATES IN DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY SHOWS NHS STAFFING CRISIS IS ‘OUT OF CONTROL’, SAYS MSP

The NHS staffing crisis is spiralling out of control, according to South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth after new figures revealed that consultant vacancies have reached 20.9% in NHS Dumfries and... Read more »

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Local Labour MSP Colin Smyth is calling for answers from both the UK and Scottish Government after it has been revealed that Young’s Seafood received UK Government funding in 2015 to protect its operations in Grimsby, ultimately paving the way for the move of production from Pinneys of Annan to the Young’s headquarters in the north of England.

UK AND SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S HAVE QUESTIONS TO ANSWER OVER PINNEY’S

Local Labour MSP Colin Smyth is calling for answers from both the UK and Scottish Government after it has been revealed that Young’s Seafood received UK Government funding in 2015... Read more »

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South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has challenged the UK and Scottish Governments to “wake up” to the current employment crisis facing Dumfriesshire after yet another jobs blow with the announcement that 14 posts are under threat at the Arla creamery near Lockerbie.

WHEN WILL GOVERNMENT WAKE UP TO LOCAL EMPLOYMENT CRISIS, ASKS SOUTH SCOTLAND MSP

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has challenged the UK and Scottish Governments to “wake up” to the current employment crisis facing Dumfriesshire after yet another jobs blow with the announcement... Read more »

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South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has repeated his call for a criminal investigation into the building of DGOne leisure centre in Dumfries after new revelations show that the Scottish Government have handed more than £180 million to contracts involving Kier Construction who were heavily criticised for their role in building the centre. 

MSP SLAMS GOVERNMENT OVER £180M OF DEALS WITH KIER CONSTRUCTION

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has repeated his call for a criminal investigation into the building of DGOne leisure centre in Dumfries after new revelations show that the Scottish Government... Read more »

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South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has sought assurances from NHS Dumfries and Galloway that a reduction in beds of a third at Newton Stewart hospital is a only short term measure, after reports that nurse shortages and illness has led to a cut in the number of beds at the hospital from 22 to 14.

MSP SEEKS ASSURANCES OVER BED REDUCTION AT NEWTON STEWART HOSPITAL

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has sought assurances from NHS Dumfries and Galloway that a reduction in beds of a third at Newton Stewart hospital is a only short term... Read more »

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South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has expressed concerns over delays in a Scottish Government review into rejected referrals to child mental health services after revealing that there has been a further 165 children in Dumfries and Galloway who have had their referrals for support rejected SINCE the Government announced a review.

MSP EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER DELAY IN REVIEW OVER REJECTED CHILD MENTAL HEALTH CASES

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has expressed concerns over delays in a Scottish Government review into rejected referrals to child mental health services after revealing that there has been a... Read more »

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South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has described the Scottish Government’s National Economic Forum, which was held in Dumfries yesterday (16 May 2018), as a “missed opportunity”.

NATIONAL ECONOMIC FORUM A “MISSED OPPORTUNITY”, SAYS MSP

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has described the Scottish Government’s National Economic Forum, which was held in Dumfries yesterday (16 May 2018), as a “missed opportunity”. Read more »

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South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Colin Smyth has welcomed the news that the Scottish Rural Parliament will be hosted in Stranraer next year from 14-16 November.

MSP WELCOMES DECISION TO BRING RURAL PARLIAMENT TO STRANRAER

South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Colin Smyth has welcomed the news that the Scottish Rural Parliament will be hosted in Stranraer... Read more »

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