Andy Heer

Scottish Conservative Councillor

Howe of Fife & Tay Coast

Press Releases from Fife Conservative and Unionist Association

  • Douglas Ross welcomes jobs-first UK Government plan

    Sep 24, 2020 | 15:12 pm

    Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has welcomed the UK Government’s new financial support package as the right way forward to protect Scottish jobs, after raising the need for more assistance with both the Prime Minister and Chancellor earlier this week. Rishi Sunak’s Winter Economy Plan includes a new Job Support Scheme to guarantee pay packets, a new Pay as You Grow Scheme to extend Bounce Back Loans, and an extension of the VAT cut for hospitality and tourism. It follows the immense success of the UK Government furlough scheme and the £6.5 billion boost that the Scottish Budget received from the UK Government[…]

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  • Urgent action needed to boost university testing capacity

    Sep 24, 2020 | 14:04 pm

    The Scottish Conservatives has called for the government to accelerate the opening of walk-in testing centres to help tackle the increase in Covid cases among students.Outbreaks at universities across Scotland have forced 1,000 people into self-isolation and hundreds of students have tested positive for Covid.At First Minister’s Questions, Ruth Davidson raised the need for routine testing at university campuses, the recruitment of more contact tracers, and a faster rollout of walk-in testing centres. Currently two of a planned 22 testing centres have opened, with that number expected to rise to 11 by the end of October.Scottish Conservative Holyrood leader Ruth Davidson[…]

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  • Douglas Ross appoints Director of Communications

    Sep 22, 2020 | 10:19 am

    Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has appointed former STV, Scottish Sun and Sunday Mail journalist Russell Findlay as his new Director of Communications.The veteran investigative journalist, editor and author will lead an expanded press and policy team with further appointments including former Angus MP Kirstene Hair, former No.10 and Scotland Office special adviser Elliot Roy and ex-Department for Education special adviser Innes Taylor.Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “Russell has a huge breadth of experience across Scottish media and there are very few other journalists with his investigate instincts. I’m thrilled to have him on-board and I’m sure he will[…]

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  • Scotland's Special Constable numbers in "freefall" under the SNP

    Sep 20, 2020 | 16:56 pm

    The number of Special Constables has dropped by almost two thirds since the formation of Scotland’s single police force, according to research by the Scottish Conservatives. New figures show more than 870 officers have been lost since 2013, with numbers falling from 1,387 to 511 in March this year.  The number of new recruits is also in sharp decline, from 251 in 2013 to just 73 in 2019/20.   Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr has urged the SNP government to address the "freefall" of an important police resource.  He said: “Special constables play an important role in policing our streets and engaging with communities and[…]

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  • Going ahead with Scottish exams must be SNP plan A

    Sep 20, 2020 | 16:56 pm

    The SNP government must commit to a “plan A” of going ahead with next year’s Scottish exams and exhaust all avenues before scrapping them, the Scottish Conservatives said today.  Following reports that Scottish National 5 exams may be cancelled in 2021, with a “scaled back” version of Highers going ahead, calls have been made for an urgent statement from the SNP’s education secretary.    The Scottish Conservatives are bringing forward a schools debate at Holyrood on Wednesday and will raise the future of exams in the parliament the day before.    John Swinney is expected to outline his plans, for around 80,000 pupils to be[…]

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  • Douglas Ross to restore Scotland’s schools

    Sep 18, 2020 | 11:22 am

    Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has launched a new policy paper to restore local schools in Scotland and target resources at the poverty-related attainment gap.  Speaking to parents and teachers, Douglas will unveil the first Scottish Conservative schools policies for the 2021 Scottish Parliament election.The schools plan, launched just a few weeks after Douglas held a Roundtable Scotland event with teaching unions, includes:A £550 million proposal to deliver 3000 more teachers.Plans for free school meals at both breakfast and lunch for every primary pupil.A national tutoring programme, particularly for Maths and English.A commitment to a new way to measure and[…]

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  • Douglas Ross announces £550m plan for 3000 teachers

    Sep 18, 2020 | 02:00 am

    Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross will today (Friday) launch £550 million worth of proposals to boost teacher numbers by 3000 and restore Scotland’s schools over the next parliament. Six years on from Scotland voting to remain in the United Kingdom, Douglas will say we should spend the next six years focusing on the domestic agenda such as restoring our school’s world-leading reputation. The schools plan, which will be part of Douglas’ manifesto for the May elections, will be announced on Friday morning in an online event with parents and teachers. The pledge for 3000 teachers would be paid through Barnett Consequentials from the[…]

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  • SNP failing to act on promises to victims

    Sep 17, 2020 | 16:40 pm

    The SNP Government are failing to act on key promises to victims of crime and their families, the Scottish Conservatives have said.At First Minister’s Questions, Ruth raised the frustrations of the family of murdered teenager Michelle Stewart, who are still waiting more than two years after the SNP promised “concrete action” to strengthen victims’ rights.Two years after Ruth challenged Nicola Sturgeon to give the Stewart family the justice that they deserve, there has been “very little action”, according to Michelle Stewart’s sister, Lisa.This week, it emerged that only one in four eligible victims have been signed up to a scheme[…]

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  • SNP must tackle ‘shocking’ increase in violent crime

    Sep 17, 2020 | 16:40 pm

    The Scottish Conservatives have demanded that the SNP urgently tackle a ‘shocking’ increase in violent crime across Scotland, after new figures showed a seven per cent year on year rise.The increase is part of an overall trend of violent crimes rising on the SNP’s watch and the party’s justice spokesperson Liam Kerr says despite the SNP’s claims of a downward trend, the reality across Scotland is far different.Since monthly statistics started being published by the SNP Government, thirty per cent more violent crimes have been committed, while the last four years have seen that type of crime gone up by[…]

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  • Scots slam SNP for public service ‘decade of decay’

    Sep 15, 2020 | 15:08 pm

    The SNP Government have been slammed by the Scottish public for their handling of schools, hospitals and transport in new Scottish Government statistics. The annual Scotland’s People report showed opinion of local services has plummeted over the last decade. It highlighted a stark drop from 66% to 53% in combined satisfaction levels with health services, schools and public transport between 2011 and 2019. It also showed a massive split between satisfaction with public transport in urban and rural areas. In urban areas, 72% were content with services compared to less than half, 49 per cent, in rural areas. Scottish Conservative local government spokeswoman, Annie[…]

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