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Driving examiners strike over new tests dispute

Hundreds of driving tests across Scotland today (Monday) and tomorrow have been cancelled due to strike action by examiners over the new test and working patterns.

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Deputy First Minister John Swinney.

Independent panel to oversee named person service

An independent panel is being set up to provide expert advice to ensure the Scottish Government’s named person service is workable.

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Investment is long overdue

Investment is long overdue

Galloway MP Alister Jack’s monthly column reflects on his work for his constituents during November:

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Shadow Health Minister Colin Smyth

Labour claim that Budget is let-down

Disappointment was expressed on Wednesday by South of Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth that the Budget that day failed to identify any specific measures to boost the local economy.

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Dumfries and Galloway WASPI group.

Local women miss out on pension cash

A former Galloway businesswoman has calculated that she and other women in this area will miss out on a total of £280 million pounds due to changes in the state pension age.

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Previous decision days have been well attended

More cash for community choices funds in Carrick

Over 140,000 has been granted to groups in Carrick to increase the numbers of people involved in making decisions about investment in their local areas.

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MP Alister Jack

Galloway MP leads call for review of convergence uplift

Dumfries and Galloway Member of Parliament, Alister Jack has written to the UK government’s Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove, asking him to review the convergence uplift and assess how the UK government can ensure Scottish farmers receive a fair settlement.

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Shadow Health Minister Colin Smyth

MSP accused MP’s of “dereliction of duty” over vote

A Labour MSP has accused MPS David Mundell and Alister Jack of a “massive dereliction of duty” after they failed to vote on the Universal Credit issue in the House of Commons.

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The proposed new boundaries

Proposed new boundaries for Dumfries and Galloway

The Boundary Commission for Scotland today publishes its Revised Proposals for United Kingdom Parliament constituencies in Scotland as part of its 2018 Review.

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MSP Finlay Carson

Carson denies he was profiteering

Galloway MSP Finlay Carson has denied profiting from a parliamentary expenses claim after his own firm designed his website, and handed the money paid out back.

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Dumfries and Galloway Council

Dog dirt top safety concern

The Council’s Community Safety Team may not always be noticed, but they are there and making a real difference to how safe people feel in their own communities.

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Yet more budget misery

Yet more budget misery

Frontline services could be slashed after it was revealed Dumfries and Galloway Council face a potential funding gap of nearly £100 million over the next five years.

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Mehdi El Ghaly (right) with Houssain Belabbes.

Home Office denies visa to festival writer

An appeal is being made by Wigtown Book Festival organisers after a young Moroccan storyteller was denied a visa for entering the UK.

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Alister Jack MP and The Rt Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, Chairman of the Treasury Select Committee.

Galloway MP elected onto treasury select committee

MP for Dumfries and Galloway, Alister Jack, has been elected as a member of the influential House of Commons’ Treasury Select Committee.

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Hugh Leslie stands at one of the problem areas on the footpath

School footpath is ‘huge safety concern’

A meeting with council officers has been arranged to look at widening a busy footpath near a primary school.

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The Electoral Reform Society claims that 1.8 million votes cast in Scotland made no impact on the overall result.

1.8 million Scottish votes “wasted” in General Election

Two thirds of the votes cast in the general election in Scotland were “wasted” and had no impact on the result, according to a new report.

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Pictured Left to Right are Clare Burns, Loreburn Housing, PC Nicola Wilson, Community Police Officer, Diane McColm, Senior Community Safety Officer (West), Jacqueline McKeand, Community Safety Officer, Andrew Guisti, Councillor Ward 1, Margaret McLeod, Community Safety Officer, PC Gayle Allison, Community Police Officer, Sharon Hay, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership

Dog fouling and littering focus of community safety day

Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Community Safety Team recently launched their revamped “Days of Action” in Stranraer.

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HMS Iron Duke will take part in the exercise.

International military training operation targets west coast

The coasts of Ayrshire and Galloway will see increased military activity over the next eight days as a major training exercise takes place.

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Police Scotland

Attacks down, robberies up

Both Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service gave comprehensive reports to Wigtown Area Committee on Wednesday in the Council Offices in Stranraer.

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Alister Jack with fellow Scottish Conservative MPs meeting with Matthew Hancock

MP tackes broadband problems

MP Alister Jack met with the UK Government’s Digital Minister Matthew Hancock to press the case for more investment in digital connectivity in Dumfries and Galloway.

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