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This week, I once again took Nicola Sturgeon to task over her Covid19 response. During her statement, I asked why Glasgow is getting increased measures to combat Covid19, but following a recent surge Dundee, isn’t. We will all know the importance of tackling hotspots in the North East like Dundee to stop it from spreading further. Dundee has a caseload twice that of Glasgow but isn’t benefiting from enhanced measures to the same degree. It seems when tackling Covid19 the SNP continues to be obsessed with Glasgow. You can watch my full question - https://fb.watch/6c5-08pv56/
My criticism of the SNP Government didn’t stop there, I took the First Minister to task in FMQs over Scotrail strikes which are causing misery to commuters and key workers right across the North East, and in my new role as Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport I took the Government to task as they have missed their statutory emissions reductions targets... AGAIN! A Government that says so much but does so little lets us all down. You can watch my contribution here - https://fb.watch/6c6aTzudN6/
Finally, I was pleased to see cross-party (well, except the greens) support for my amendment to a motion to ensure MSPs pledged to work with the oil and gas sector to transition to net zero. We must work with industry, not against them. I will continue to hold this government to account and fight for all areas of the North East, and if you have any views on this or any other issues then please do get in touch.
Liam Kerr MSP tackles FM on local of support for Dundee as a Covid hotspot
I have heard from several constituents regarding problems with accessing a face-to-face appointment with their GP following my FMQ in Parliament last week. It's completely unacceptable that patients are struggling to book an appointment with their doctor and I will continue to campaign to ensure access is restored.
This week, I raised concerns with the new Finance Minister on the SNP’s lack of engagement with businesses throughout the pandemic. The pandemic has had a huge impact on businesses and livelihoods across Scotland, and ongoing restrictions continue to put thousands of businesses at risk of closure.
I ended Thursday asking for a review to take place on the reopening of the Mulberry Unit at Stracathro and the Minster said she would welcome a letter from me. I will continue to keep the pressure on until it is reopened.
You can view my question online here:
Tess White MSP queries lack of face-to-face GP appointments and stands up for Scotland’s businesses
Alexander Burnett MSP challenges the SNP on providing a Fair Share for North East Councils
I want to start by saying thank you to everyone for your support for David Keating in the East Garioch by-election!
This week I questioned the SNP Government on when they would start providing a fair share of funding for North East councils. For years our councils have been underfunded and overstretched - with Aberdeenshire Council underfunded by more than £43 million this financial year alone.
This funding is vital for important services and infrastructure. With over 60 bridges in Aberdeenshire facing closure within the next 10 years, potholes increasing and worsening across the area, and vital services facing closure - I’ve called on the SNP Government to create a permanent financial settlement for local authorities to ensure that our North East councils get their fair share.
I will continue standing up for the North East and holding the SNP accountable for their central-belt bias. If you have any other issues or concerns you would like to raise with me, please do not hesitate to get in touch.