New hope for Aviemore Swimming Pool Deal

Local MP Drew Hendry met with Macdonald Hotels and Resorts Chairman Donald Macdonald over the weekend in a bid to broker new talks on Aviemore swimming pool facilities. The meeting follows the breakdown of previous negotiations between the Highland Council and Macdonald Hotels and Resorts over the use of the Aviemore Resort’s pool by Highlife Highland members. The deadlock ...
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“UK Government must do more to protect Highlands & Islands Airport Passenger Duty exemption”

SNP MP, Drew Hendry has called on the UK Government to deliver on its responsibilities to the Highlands & Islands on Airport Passenger Duty (APD) exemption. The Highland MP made the comments today during a Westminster debate on Airport Passenger Duty. The Scottish Government plans to reduce the tax which is one of the highest of its kind in Europe by 50%, to benefit t...
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LOCAL MP BACKS HOUSING FEDERATIONS’ ‘5 ASKS CAMPAIGN’ ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

SNP MP Drew Hendry has backed a new campaign from The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations, England’s National Housing Federation, Community Housing Cymru and the Northern Irish Federation of Housing Associations, which calls for a radical overhaul of the Universal Credit system, to protect people from the threat of eviction. The multi-agency campaign has joined toget...
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Our Man In Westminster Article

Politics is at its best when politicians set aside what divides them. As Councillor, then as Leader of the Council and now as your Member of Parliament, I’ve worked across many political divides for this very reason. I believe it’s what people rightly expect from those in the privileged position of public life. Yet, three years at Westminster has taught me that best intenti...
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OMIW – Another Week in Parliament

A week may be a long time in politics but 15 minutes has proved how Westminster Parliament treats Scotland. The past week will be remembered as the time, Ian Blackford, the SNP Group Leader at Westminster was banished from the House of Commons Chamber and I, and my fellow SNP MPs, left with him. A dramatic moment and, to most who have contacted me since, an important stateme...
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Celebrating Volunteer Week 2018

Can you remember the last time you benefitted from a volunteer? Whether they are running a children’s sports group or maybe acting as stewards on charity fun runs, whatever, we would soon miss them if they weren’t there. They don’t just fulfil needs, they add friendship, joy and inspiration along the way and Volunteer Week (1st -7th June), is a great opportunity to say thank...
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MP TAKES LOCAL CAMPAIGN AGAINST RBS CLOSURES TO PARLIAMENT

Highland MP, Drew Hendry has presented three separate petitions against RBS bank closures to Parliament, on behalf of residents of Grantown, Aviemore and Nairn, in a bid to get the UK Government to intervene on the banks decision to close local RBS bank branches.   The MP, who represents the constituency of Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey has been campa...
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UK GOVERNMENT ‘FAILING THE TERMINALLY ILL’ ON UNIVERSAL CREDIT

Terminally Ill face ‘worst kind of postcode lottery’ Local MP Drew Hendry has said the UK government is wilfully failing terminally ill people. His comments follow an adjournment debate he led in the House of Commons on the issue of Universal Credit and Terminal Illness. The Highland MP, told the DWP Minister that despite him raising the plight of terminally ill claimant...
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PM UNABLE TO ANSWER EVEN ‘MOST STRAIGHTFORWARD’ BREXIT QUESTIONS

SNP MPs have highlighted the continuing Brexit chaos at PMQs today. Hannah Bardell  and Drew Hendry both highlighted the prime minister’s inability to answer  ‘even the most straightforward questions’ and show once again the deeply worrying Tory failures on Brexit. Across a range of issues the prime minister is still unable to show any resolution or firm decisions on key are...
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OMIW – April

Readers of Rough Guides will already know that Scotland was ranked as the second top country in the world to visit in 2017 and the most welcoming country. Such recognition isn’t just due to the sheer breath-taking beauty on our doorsteps but also the warm welcome visitors to the Highlands receive.   As we know, tourism is crucial to the Highlands representing a fifth of our ...
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