Hi All Apologies for cancellation of last Meeting on MON 1 st FEB.
The next Meeting will be on THUR 11 th Feb, FRIENDS ROOM. ST MAGNUS CENTRE. at 7.30 pm.
Note change of venue as King Street was fully booked.
Thanks to those who attended the recent Burns Supper..Anyone still to pay can doso at Thurs Meeting.
Good night was had and thanks also to the speakers & singers.
Candidate & Agent briefing, Stirling, Sun 21 st FEB.
SNP SPRING CONFERENCE Sat 12 & Sun 13 March at SECC, Glasgow. You will need to organise your own accommodation of stay with friends.
Let me know if you want to attend & I will orgsnise Delegate Passes; £26.00 each. deadline for booking is thur 18 th Feb. The price rises considerably, thereafter. JM & D H attending. Others welcome to attend with 3500 others.great atmosphere there
6000 SNP Health related Leaflets now available for distribution. I will take some along on Thur.
AGENDA. Welcome, Apologies, Mins of last Meeting, 11 th NOV 15, Matters Arising, Chair Donna's Report, Secretary John's report, Financial Report, Other reports., Campaign News, Briefing on the Budget & Tax position
Important to be able to discuss on doorsteps & answer questions. AOCB & date of next Meeting.
Minutes of last Meeting & Agenda were circulated for the 1 st Feb Meeting.
Hoping for good weather & a good attendance.
Best Wishes John R Mowat Orkney SNP Secretary.
Welcome to the Orkney SNP Website
Donna is the SNP candidate
Local academic Professor Donna Heddle has been unanimously selected as the Scottish National Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Orkney seat in the forthcoming Holyrood election.
Donna has a strong and demonstrable commitment to Orkney. She developed the £1.1 million package for the Centre for Nordic Studies, along with the Department of Cultural and Nordic Studies and the award winning BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies degree, thus creating new jobs and enhancing the standing of Orkney and its cultural heritage worldwide. In the recent UK wide research assessment exercise, the Centre for Nordic Studies was rated the top research area in the University of the Highlands and Islands and fifth equal in Britain with the University of Oxford.
She is very proud of her family links to Orkney, which go back to 1469 and include a place name on Hoy. She comes from farming stock – one grandfather was a dairy and arable farmer, and the other was a sheep farmer –has run her own business and has worked extensively with both SME and larger businesses across the Highlands and Islands so has a wealth of real life experiences well as the experience of being candidate in 2011. She set up the very successful STGA Tourist Guiding Orkney Green Badge training courses which have helped Orkney maintain its profile at the top of the cruise industry in Britain.
Following her selection, Donna said “It is a great honour to be chosen to contest the Orkney seat on behalf of the SNP. I am looking forward to the campaign ahead, during which I will focus on the specific economic and social challenges we face here in Orkney.”
“The Scottish Government has shown its commitment to Orkney by building new schools and by their written pledges in the Empowering Scotland’s Island Communities document, which is their response to the island led Our Islands, Our Future Campaign. These pledges are being met. We now have a dedicated Islands Minister, for example.
The Scottish Government have been working closely with the Orkney Islands Council on key issues such as transport, looking at the most appropriate fares structure for the islands, the next ferries contract, and the replacement of the existing fleet. They have also been working on measures to address fuel poverty which is a very real issue here in Orkney, and most recently, they held a dedicated education summit for the islands attended by the three OIOF councils and the Cabinet Secretary for Education,. All this shows what can be achieved by working with the Scottish Government to secure Orkney’s interests.
“It is important to have a strong party voice for Orkney in the Scottish parliament to build on this, and to get the most from the Islands Bill planned for the next parliament. If the voters of Orkney place their confidence in me, I will be that voice”
If you wish to find out more about the SNP, please contact our secretary at the address below, and you can download a membership form by clicking here.
Kirkwall KW15 1XU
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