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Thomson Welcomes LFASS Payments Commencement

Published date : 25 January 2022

Farmers and crofters in areas facing natural or other specific constraints will start to receive their share of more than £65 million shortly, with £47 million paid into bank accounts this week. 
Payment rates have also been restored to 100% ensuring that Scottish farmers will get an income boost at a challenging time of the year and when they, like...

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MP Tackles Chancellor on Threat to Ploughing Matches and Charity Tractor-run Fundraising From HMRC

Published date : 24 January 2022

Gordon SNP MP Richard Thomson has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer asking him to row back on a threat from HMRC which puts at risk the continued existence of ploughing matches and charity tractor runs. 
 
HMRC has said that from April 2022, tractors used at such events must run on white diesel instead of agricultural red diesel as...

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SNP MPs Slam Brexit Red Tape- Thomson, Doogan and Smith Back Scottish Seed Potato Growers

Published date : 21 January 2022

SNP MPs have written to the UK Government and the EU Vice-President urging both sides to remove Brexit-induced barriers regarding the export of Scottish seed potatoes to the European Union.  Richard Thomson MP (Gordon), Alyn Smith MP (Stirling) and Dave Doogan MP (Angus) all represent constituencies containing significant farming communities and have echoed the concerns of their constituents and...

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Column for January 20

Published date : 20 January 2022

At the time of writing, Boris Johnson remains in post as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.  For how long though, no-one knows. Judging by some of the glum faces around the precincts of Westminster right now, his ignominious departure from both offices seems now to be more a matter of ‘when’, rather than ‘if'. 
  
The list of...

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Gordon MP Highlights Support Available from Family Fund

Published date : 20 January 2022

Gordon SNP MP Richard Thomson has highlighted the support available to families raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person under 18 from the Family Fund. 
 
Family Fund - a charitable organisation - is calling for more families in Scotland to apply for a grant before February 2022. 
  
The charity has recently received extra funding from the Scottish Government,...

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Tory MPs Slammed for Backing Bill that Undermines Democracy - Thomson Condemns Passing of UK Gov's Elections Bill

Published date : 20 January 2022

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has slammed North-east Conservative MPs for voting in favour of the UK Government’s Elections Bill in the House of Commons this week. 
  
Under Tory plans voters will be required to show photographic ID before casting their ballot in UK General Elections. 
  
Critics have described the move as voter suppression and said the Bill will make it harder...

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New Report Lays Bare Impact of Tory Inaction on Sick Pay - SNP Challenge UK Gov Over 'Inadequate' Sick Pay Levels

Published date : 19 January 2022

The Conservative Government is under mounting pressure to tackle inadequate sick pay levels in the UK, after a study by the TUC found that more than a quarter of a million workers were self-isolating without decent sick pay last month. 
The Trades Union Congress warned that workers on low or no sick pay face the "impossible choice" of having to...

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Thomson Encourages Schools to Take Part in Space Project

Published date : 19 January 2022

Local MP Richard Thomson is writing to local schools to encourage participation in an exciting project which could see their experiments sent into space. 
 
The MARSBalloon project is designed to give young people practical experience of designing and testing things to go into space that could one day be destined for Mars.  It is open to secondary and primary age...

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Gordon MP Reaffirms Commitment to Local WASPI Women

Published date : 17 January 2022

Local SNP MP Richard Thomson has reaffirmed his commitment to the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign with a New Year pledge to continue to work in 2022 to ensure justice for the women in Gordon Constituency who are affected. 
 
During 2021, the findings of an investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, condemned the UK Department for...

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Applications Open for Scotland's Young Persons' Free Bus Travel

Published date : 14 January 2022

UNDER 22's CAN NOW APPLY FOR FREE BUS TRAVEL SCHEME 
  
SNP MP Gordon, Richard Thomson, welcomed the opening of the application process for free bus travel for young people, under the age of 22 years old, in Aberdeenshire. 
  
All young people and children aged 5-21 years old in Aberdeenshire can apply for their new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or...

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