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Councillor Successfully Calls for a Report on Named Person Costs

Scottish Conservative Group Leader on Aberdeen City Council and candidate for Aberdeen South & North Kincardine, Ross Thomson, has successfully called for a report detailing the costs to the Council in implementing the SNP’s Named Person role for Head Teachers and Guidance Teachers.At today’s meeting of the Education and Children’s Services Committee Councillors considered a report “GIRFEC/Children and Young People Act Update” which provided elected members with information on how the legislation around Named Person for every child is being implemented within the directorate and or schools.

Centralising’ SNP overturns more than half of planning decisions

New figures have revealed the Scottish Government overrules local authorities more often than not when applicants take their planning permission appeals to ministers.So far this year, 77 of the 145 planning appeals have been “allowed” by the SNP, despite councils originally rejecting the submissions. That means applicants who refuse to accept the decision of councillors have been sided with on 53 per cent of occasions by ministers, compared to just 41 per cent when the SNP came to power in 2007. And in 1999, the statistics compiled by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) show only 32 per cent of planning appeals were granted. Among the decisions appealed to ministers include windfarms, mobile phone masts and housing developments. The Scottish Conservatives said the figures are proof of the SNP’s centralising agenda, and its culture of distrust towards local decision making

Time to learn lessons from the past in Fettercairn

Mearns Conservative Councillor George Carr has paid tribute to the public spirited locals who leapt into action last week following the heavy rain which affected Fettercairn.Cllr Carr said that on Friday last week,  when a torrential outburst hit Fettercairn, alarm was widespread harking back to the devastating flooding which affected so many homes and businesses in 2012. " Locals feared the worst when the river overflowed onto Burnside Road and caused widespread disruption. Thankfully the impact was minimal thanks to the quick thinking of a local farmer who had straw bales strategically placed to minimise any impact on homes in the vicinity. These big square bales have been effective in preventing water devastating areas and act in a similar way to big sand bags."

Cllr Ross Thomson selected as Scottish Conservative candidate in Aberdeen South and North Kincardine

Local Aberdeen City Councillor, Ross Thomson, has been selected as the Scottish Conservative candidate to contest the Aberdeen South and North Kincardine constituency at next year’s Scottish Parliament Election.Ross has represented the Hazlehead/Ashley/Queen’s Cross ward since 2012 where he has built up a reputation as a hardworking and dedicated local Councillor.This year Ross fought for the Aberdeen South constituency in the General Election where he succeeded in significantly increasing the Conservative vote in both numbers and share, it was the best result for the Scottish Conservatives in the North east.

MSP welcomes news that pre-school volunteers to be exempt from Disclosure Scotland fees

North East MSP, Dr Nanette Milne MSP has welcomed the news that parents volunteering to helping in pre-school groups will be exempt from Disclosure Scotland fees. The North East MSP had raised the anomaly with the Scottish Government which has to date seen parents facing a basic fee of £25 for every parent volunteering at their child’ playgroup.

North East MSP to stand down in 2016

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East has announced that she will stand down as an MSP at the next Scottish Parliament election in May 2016. Nanette was elected to serve as an MSP for North East Scotland in 2003 and again at the 2007 and 2011 Scottish Parliament elections. Nanette is a well-known face around the North East. She was educated at Aberdeen High School for Girls, and qualified as a doctor at Aberdeen University in 1965. She trained initially in Anaesthetics, gaining her fellowship in 1969. She took a few years out in the early ‘70’s to bring up her two young children, and thereafter worked part-time in cancer related research.

General Election result

The result in West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine was as followsBarry Black (Scottish Labour Party) 2,487Alexander Burnett (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)15,916Stuart Donaldson (Scottish National Party (SNP)) 22,949David Lansdell (UK Independence Party (UKIP)) 1,006Richard Openshaw (Scottish Green Party) 885Graham Reid (Independent) 141Robert Smith (Scottish Liberal Democrats) 11,812 Ballot Papers Rejected 43 Total Votes 55,239 Turnout 75.2%

Only 2 weeks until polling day

Only two weeks to go until polling day and there is everything to play for.  Conservative candidate, Alexander Burnett, has been busing knocking on doors across West Aberdeenshire & Kincardine speaking to as many voters as he can.  You can follow Alexander on twitter at @AJABurnett and read more about him on his website www.alexanderburnett.com

Scottish Conservatives welcome well overdue dangerous dog measures

The Scottish Conservatives have welcomed measures for compulsory dog microchipping, adding that the legislation is well overdue.For the past few years, the party has been campaigning alongside national charities for tougher measures on dangerous dogs.Last year, it was revealed that 10,953 dog bite incidents occurred over a three year period, highlighting the problem of dangerous dogs being bred across Scotland.Now the Scottish Government has eventually followed the UK Government’s lead to introduce compulsory microchipping as law in 2016.

Call for Oil & Gas apprenticeships to be protected in the future

Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East has called on the Scottish Government to protect STEM apprenticeships in the Oil & Gas sector.Nanette Milne, Scottish Conservative MSP for the North East said:“It is currently a difficult time for the oil and gas sector. However, it is vital that the industry plan for the future and the significant job opportunities.