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The fight goes on for Pinneys workforce

There was a further shock in store for Pinneys fish processing plant staff following last weeks meeting with the parent company’s boss.

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DJ Calvin Harris who once worked at the plant has offered any help he can give.

DJ offers to help Pinneys workforce

Renowned DJ and music producer, Calvin Harris, has stepped into the row over the proposed closure of the Pinneys fish processing plant.

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Finlay Carson MSP has come under fire from a former leader of the council.

Carson called out by former council leader

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has called on Dumfries and Galloway Council to be fully transparent over any charges for children’s funerals in the region.

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politicians band together to save Pinneys

Local politicians to host special drop in meeting and advice surgery for Pinneys workers

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth, Annandale South Councillor Sean Marshall and Annandale East and Eskdale Councillor Archie Dryburgh will be hosting a special drop in meeting and advice surgery in Annan this Friday - April 13, for Pinneys of Annan workers and local residents.

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Rosefield Mill is one of the most remarkable buildings in Dumfries. It is the last of the great woollen mills that once lined the Nith and occupies a significant place in Dumfries' identity and heritage. Photo by Kerr Martin

Council steps in to help save building

MSP Colin Smyth had previously criticised SNP and Tory councillors at Dumfries and Galloway Council for failing to underwrite a loan to help save Rosefield Mill.

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Dumfries and Galloway Council want to improve their housing stock, like this Kellooway home pictured above pre-install.

Councillors to consider fuel saving projects

The Dumfries and Galloway region will benefit from Scottish Government funding to the tune of £2.063 million.

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Waverley Hall in Creetown is one of the buildings in community ownership

Community takes charge

Councillors have been told told that communities are continuing to take ownership of local facilities right across the region.

Environment
Pinneys are to start consultations on the closure of their Annan plant.  Library image

Pinneys commence consultations to close the doors

Concerns are growing in Annan with the recent announcement that Pinneys are to start consultations on the closure of their local site, with fears of 450 jobs losses.

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Brian Whittle says its time for fast food vand to disappear from school gates.

MSP calls for end to school fast food vans

It’s time for an end to pupils leaving school at lunchtime to buy fast food, according to Brian Whittle MSP.

Health
Scots are being urged to their GPs a series of five key questions.

NHS waiting times under fire by South Scotland MSP

Waiting times for key treatments such as physiotherapy and podiatry in Dumfries and Galloway are “not good enough”, according to South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth.

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Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary

Hospital shock over sanitary products

A shocking new report has found that patients in Dumfries and Galloway hospitals who have no sanitary products are forced to go to a shop or rely on nurses’ personal supplies.

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Colin Smyth - Labour - South Scotland

Unemployed figures are at their highest level

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has accused the UK and Scottish Government of ‘failing the people of Dumfries and Galloway’ after a new report has shown that unemployment has risen to its highest level since 2015.

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Labour are calling for a total ban.

Would a full ban on fox hunting make a difference to country life?

Scottish Labour has called for a full fox hunting ban ahead of a rally at Holyrood today.

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Colin Smyth - Labour - South Scotland

MSP criticises SNP and Tory councillors over snub to mill project

South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has criticised SNP and Tory Councillors on Dumfries and Galloway Council for opposing a move that would have made available a low risk loan of £50,000 to underwrite the purchase of Rosevale Mill by Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust.

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War of words at the council over budget

War of words at the council over budget

Dumfries and Galloway Labour Group Leader Elaine Murray has branded Conservative Group Leader Ian Carruthers out of touch with people.

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Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

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The First Minister will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow t mark 100 years of women's suffrage.

Debate to mark 100 years of women’s suffrage

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will lead a debate in the Scottish Parliament tomorrow (Tuesday) to celebrate the centenary of women having the right to vote in the UK.

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Driving examiners will strike today and tomorrow.

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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Education Secretary 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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