SNP MSP Joan McAlpine has said the new Scottish National Investment bank will help encourage economic growth across Dumfries and Galloway, after the bill to introduce the body was formally agreed to in Holyrood today. MSPs from all parties gave their backing to the …

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South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine has expressed concern at the news of 44 job losses at crisis-hit Engineering firm, Penman MW Ltd in Dumfries.   The announcement was made last Wednesday after administrators KPMG were called in. The firm, which …

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McALPINE SPEAKS UP FOR LOCKERBIE RAIL PASSENGERS South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine has spoken up for people who use Lockerbie Station when she raised the appalling record of Transpennine Express trains – which are regulated by the UK government.  The …

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OPPOSITION PARTIES MUST RULE OUT THREAT TO UNIFORM BUSINESS RATES SNP ONLY PARTY STANDING UP FOR DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY BUSINESSES   South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has challenged local Tory politiciansto oppose proposals that introduce risks and uncertainties for businesses – after 27 business organisations signed a letter raising concerns …

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Emma Harper MSP South Scotland said;  “Yesterday the UK Prime Minister refused to transfer powers to the Scottish Parliament which would allow the people of Scotland to have a say over our future through the democratic means of a referendum.  …

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This week (Monday 13 January) Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn was accompanied by Emma Harper MSP South Scotland in a visit to the global polyester film manufacturing company Dupont Teijin Films (UK) Ltd based at Cargenbridge …

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South Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine has launched a major report into the economic impact of Robert Burns which has revealed the Bard is worth over £20m a year to the local economy of Dumfries and Galloway.   The MSP attended …

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South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine will be speaking at the launch of a major new report into the economic value of Robert Burns to Scotland which will be taking place on Saturday.   The report, titled ‘Robert Burns and the …

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South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine, has hit out at attempts by Tory and Labour MSPs to end crucial rates relief schemes that benefit 6060 businesses in Dumfries and Galloway and over 100,000 across Scotland. Businesses in the region would lose …

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Smuggling and organised crime in the Cairnryan and Stranraer area are a real threat following a no-deal Brexit, the First Minister has said. She was questioned about the local effects of Brexit during a Q&A session led by the convenors …

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