Andy Heer

Scottish Conservative Councillor

Howe of Fife & Tay Coast

Press Releases from Fife Conservative and Unionist Association

  • SNP must withdraw hate crimes bill after Faculty of Advocates criticism

    Aug 5, 2020 | 16:59 pm

    The SNP must u-turn on its "damaging and inept" hate crimes bill following a blistering attack by legal experts, according to the Scottish Conservatives. Shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr made the call after the Faculty of Advocates published its response to Humza Yousaf's controversial draft Bill, which ended its consultation phase on July 24. The professional body warned there is "no alternative but to reconsider" the Bill and warned it will trigger a "large number of prosecutions" with "no likelihood of being enforced" if the legal system was not prepared for it. It goes on to say the bill's broad scope[…]

  • SNP contact tracing failures probed following Aberdeen lockdown announcement

    Aug 5, 2020 | 14:55 pm

    The Scottish Conservatives has said "questions will need to be answered" by the SNP over contact tracing following the Aberdeen lockdown announcement.   After concerns emerged regarding the quality of a key element of the track and trace system, local MSP Alexander Burnett revealed that only 575 contact tracers were employed in Scotland on June 1.   This is against the 2,000 the SNP said would be in post.  The figures were obtained by the Scottish Conservatives, following reports that hospitality businesses in Aberdeen were adopting a “DIY” approach to contact tracing as no calls were being made from the central service.    Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander[…]

  • Statement from new Scottish Conservative leader

    Aug 5, 2020 | 14:53 pm

    Newly-elected Scottish Conservative party leader Douglas Ross MP has pledged to focus not on the divisions of the past but on rebuilding and restoring Scotland.  Speaking ahead of his first appearance as Scottish Conservative and Unionist party leader in Forres this afternoon, Douglas has said he will deliver a positive and credible alternative to the SNP for everyone who wants to move the country forward to a post-referendum Scotland.  Douglas has also confirmed he will deliver a jobs plan within his first month as leader.  Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “Becoming the leader of the Scottish Conservatives today is the honour and privilege of a[…]

  • SNP must tackle ‘ticking timebomb’ of operation backlogs

    Aug 4, 2020 | 14:23 pm

    The SNP must get to grips with a “ticking timebomb” when it comes to operation backlogs across the NHS, the Scottish Conservatives have said. The calls from Shadow Health Secretary Miles Briggs come after the latest statistics showed that almost 20,000 fewer operations were carried out in June than the same month in 2019. While there has been an increase in operations since 4120 were carried out in May, the party are calling on the SNP Government to ensure that health services have sufficient resources in order to ensure patients aren’t waiting any longer than necessary for operations. Mr Briggs says that it[…]

  • North Lanarkshire Council letting parents down over private childcare

    Aug 4, 2020 | 12:15 pm

    The Scottish Conservatives have accused the North Lanarkshire Council of letting parents down over private childcare sector in Scotland after it emerged that parents were being told that there was no available places in the sector, due to insufficient funding. As a result, funding for late applications will be directed towards topping up places at nurseries under the control of local authorities.In addition, parents with children attending a PVI nursery, who fail to get the application in on time, will either have to privately finance the £6,000 to remain in the PVI sector or move their child to a local authority[…]

  • More than 120,000 grades adjusted downwards under new SQA qualification regime

    Aug 4, 2020 | 11:06 am

    The Scottish Conservatives have raised concerns over startling figures showed that over 120,000 Scottish pupils had their grades adjusted downward and the vast majority by at least one grade. Statistics released today from the SQA reveal that approximately 133,000 grades were adjusted as part of SQA’s alternative qualification award process, that was implemented following the decision to close schools and cancel Scottish exams for the first time in history. According to the SQA, of the near 133,000 grades, 93.1% (124,564) were adjusted downwards and 96% (128,508) of these by at least one grade. 9,918 (6.9%) were adjusted upwards. 45,545 entries (8.9%) were adjusted[…]

  • SNP must answer contact tracing questions after Aberdeen Covid case cluster

    Aug 4, 2020 | 11:04 am

    The SNP have been criticised for “systemic failures” in a flagship Scottish Covid scheme after a high-profile spike in new cases.   The Scottish Conservatives today pressed Nicola Sturgeon for answers over the level of training available to contract tracers taken on in May, as it has emerged one team had only received one hour’s training. Highlighting the “DIY” arrangements in Grampian, where the Hawthorne Bar was the centre of a 27-case cluster, the leader of Aberdeen City Council has told the first minister “questions must be asked” of the SNP government’s ability to suppress the virus. The First Minister was told by[…]

  • Scottish Conservatives call for transparency from SQA over methodology and grade adjustments

    Aug 3, 2020 | 14:35 pm

    Ahead of Scottish pupils receiving their exam results this week, the Scottish Conservatives are calling for the SQA to honour its commitment and release the methodology used for awarding qualifications in full. Because of the Covid-19 crisis Scottish exams were cancelled for the first time, leading to the SQA having to devise an alternate method of awarding grades based on prelims and coursework assessment.  Concerns were raised when it confirmed that grading adjustments would be made in order to ensure consistency across national averages. Leading Scottish academic, Professor Lindsay Paterson, told the BBC's Good Morning Scotland programme that he fears many pupils will[…]

  • Sick Kids inquiry cannot become a whitewash

    Aug 3, 2020 | 10:15 am

    The public inquiry into an infection scandal surrounding two major Scottish hospitals must not become a “whitewash”, the Scottish Conservatives have said today. A probe has begun into a series of infection outbreaks at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus in Glasgow, and similar events which halted the opening of the new Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh. In a radio interview, SNP health secretary Jeane Freeman said the inquiry chaired by Lord Brodie would look at “decisions and governance at both sites” as well as water contamination and ventilation.  Molly Cuddihy, who has bone cancer, contracted a rare infection at the Glasgow[…]

  • SNP stalwarts helped block "pernicious" parts of rUK hate crimes bill

    Aug 2, 2020 | 10:11 am

    The SNP once helped block “dangerous” elements of controversial hate crime legislation the party is now trying to enact in Scotland, it has emerged.   SNP justice secretary Humza Yousaf’s Hate Crimes Bill says a person commits an offence if they communicate or behave in a threatening or abusive manner, if it is intended to “stir up hatred” or it is “likely hatred will be stirred up.”   It has now emerged six SNP MPs — including Alex Salmond, Stuart Hosie and Pete Wishart — voted to remove similar phrases from the English and Welsh equivalent bill in 2006.   Voting with the Conservatives against the[…]

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