Plan to run Hunterston’s cracked reactors for another year

By Rob Edwards, writing for The Ferret originally published on 27th August 2020 The energy company, EDF, is planning to operate a cracked and ageing nuclear power station at Hunterston in North Ayrshire for another year before closing it down for good. The company is hoping to restart the two 44-year-old reactors at the site …

Trust in the Balance

Trust in the Balance A firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something. ‘relations have to be built on trust’ Over the past months in lockdown Arran resident islanders have grown in their trust of their relationships in our community. At least that is what it feels like: Everyone has helped, …

A tourism recovery taskforce for Scotland

New Tourism Taskforce Established Local MSP Kenneth Gibson reports on a new taskforce that has been set up by the Scottish government to help businesses affected by the pandemic. As we slowly ease out of lockdown, a new taskforce has been created by the SNP Government to consider and drive forward the recovery of Scotland’s …

E-bikes to help charge Scotland’s Green Recovery

A report form local MSP Kenneth Gibson As we continue to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and slowly move out of lockdown, it is more important than ever to focus on active travel. To help with this, the SNP Government is providing £900,000 to encourage the uptake of e-bikes on Arran and across Scotland. Local authorities, …

Tory betrayal on food standards

A report from Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Last week, I challenged Tory MP John Lamont in the Commons on National Farmers Union (NFU) fears and those of consumers, about the threat to food standards and safety.  I was astounded when he responded that the NFU “is spreading misinformation” about this important …

Free school meals extended over summer

A report by Kenneth Gibson MSP. Ahead of the official school holidays, the SNP Government has announced an additional £27.6 million to help feed pupils and other vulnerable people over the summer. Children eligible for free school meals are among those who will continue to be supported through funding that ensures councils are able to …

The Committee on Climate Change’s progress report

On 25th June the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) delivered it’s progress report to the Government. Each year it reports to Parliament, assessing progress in reducing UK emissions over the past year. The Committee on Climate Change is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Their purpose is to advise the …

The Animals and Wildlife Bill

By Kenneth Gibson, MSP for Cunninghame North On 17 June I was pleased to vote in favour of the Animals and Wildlife (Penalties, Protections and Powers) (Scotland) Bill. Acting to stop animal cruelty is important to many people and I received hundreds of emails from constituents urging me to support specific amendments to the Bill. …

Arran’s MP calls for Island furlough to be extended

Arran’s MP Patricia Gibson has urged the UK Government to prolong furlough for island businesses as we work to ease lockdown restrictions and rebuild our island economies. Mrs Gibson made her call in a parliamentary petition to the House of Commons on Wednesday 10 June highlighting the precarious position islands are in as a result …

Degrowth: new roots for the economy

As long as our economy is dependent on growth, a recession will be devastating. Instead we need a planned, sustainable, and equitable downscaling of the economy. A letter from the Degrowth New Roots Collective, published in openDemocracy 13 May 2020 The Coronavirus pandemic has already taken countless lives and it is uncertain how it will …