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Thomson Tackles Foreign Secretary on Lack of Brexit Benefits

Published date : 2 February 2023

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has challenged the UK Foreign Secretary in the House of Commons to name any benefits flowing from Brexit on the third anniversary of Scotland being taken out of the EU against its will.  
Speaking at Foreign Office Questions, Mr Thomson asked about the UK-EU trade and co-operation agreement and said it was remarkable that, three years on from Brexit, the...

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Gordon MP Raises Concerns Over Grid Capacity for New Renewables with UK Government

Published date : 2 February 2023

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has raised concerns with the UK Government that constraints on the national grid limiting are significantly limiting investment and growth of renewables.  
The SNP MP wrote to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy urging Ministers to ensure that the energy transmission companies have a robust plan in place for increasing connectivity as the country strives to meet...

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Local MP Highlights Small Grants for Community Groups and Charities

Published date : 24 January 2023

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has highlighted a new round of funding from the National Lottery’s Household Hardship Fund, which is aimed at charities and community groups across Scotland who can pass the funding on directly to families and individuals on low incomes.  
Groups can apply for up to £5,000 to provide families and individuals with cash or vouchers to meet pressing needs...

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Thomson Condemns Call From Former Conservative Health Secretary to Charge Patients for Using NHS

Published date : 23 January 2023

WESTMINSTER CONTROL RISKS MORE CUTS TO SCOTTISH BUDGET  
 
Gordon MP Richard Thomson has condemned calls from former Conservative UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid for patients to be charged a fee to see their GP or use Accident and Emergency.  
Mr Thomson said the SNP Scottish Government was committed to an NHS free at the point of use, and would strongly oppose calls from Conservatives to...

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MP Urges Gordon Residents Not to Lose Their Vote

Published date : 20 January 2023

Gordon MP Richard Thomson is encouraging constituents to ensure they have photo ID that will allow them to vote at future UK elections.  
From 4 May 2023, voters will be required to show an accepted form of photo ID in order to cast their ballot at a UK General Election.  Mr Thomson is urging people to check whether they have an allowed photo ID,...

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Local MP Welcomes Scottish Government Funding for Successful Just Transition Projects Across Gordon

Published date : 20 January 2023

A public vote of over 4600 people in a participatory budgeting scheme has seen a number of local organisations being successful in their bids to the Scottish Government’s Just Transition programme.  
Welcoming the funding awards, local MP Richard Thomson congratulated the 19 organisations, particularly those based in Gordon Constituency.  
  
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:  
“I am delighted for the organisations concerned.  This funding is part of an innovative programme administered by Aberdeenshire Voluntary Action on behalf...

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MP and Cllr Back Use of Insch Hospital for Community Beds

Published date : 19 January 2023

Gordon MP Richard Thomson and councillor for West Garioch Moray Grant have backed calls for Insch Hospital to be brought back into service to create additional bed space for NHS Grampian.  
The move follows a proposal from the Friends of Insch Hospital to NHS Grampian and the Cabinet Secretary for Health which they believe offers a quick, simple and cost-effective way to create bed capacity in NHS...

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Thomson Condemns UK Government Lords "Ignorance" Over Lamb Comments

Published date : 18 January 2023

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has hit out at a UK Government Minister and a Member of the House of Lords who spoke during a debate on international trade in favour of New Zealand lamb over home-produced lamb.  
Lord Hannan of Kinsclere and the UK Government’s Minister for International Trade, Lord Johnson of Lainston, both stated during a House of Lords debate that New Zealand lamb was...

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State Pensions Fails to Support Basic Living Standards

Published date : 16 January 2023

PM MUST UNDO DAMAGE CAUSED BY HIS TRIPLE LOCK BETRAYAL  
Gordon MP Richard Thomson is backing calls for the UK Government to fix the missing finances of millions of pensioners, following a damning new report which revealed the UK Government’s State Pension is failing to support the minimum standard of living. 
The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association published its annual retirement living standard...

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Gordon MP Meets with Agricultural Industries Confederation

Published date : 16 January 2023

Richard Thomson MP has met with representatives of the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) in Westminster.    
Members of AIC's policy team held valuable meetings with government and a range of Scottish MPs to discuss the vital role that the agri-supply industry plays in sustainable food production.  
AIC's Scottish Policy Manager Ian Muirhead met with Mr Thomson along with Angus MP Dave Doogan and Stirling MP Alyn Smith.  
  
Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:   
“Input...

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