News

Below are press releases, columns, announcements and updates from Richard Thomson MP.

If you are interested in keeping up to date and finding out more about what Richard does each month please subscribe to his newsletter using the boxes to the right of this page.

Sign Up To Our Newsletter

September Newsletter

Published date : 26 September 2022

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL NEWSLETTER
If you are unable to access the full copy above please CLICK HERE to read a basic text version.
Your feedback is always welcome on the report. My team and I are also ready to assist you as best we can with any concerns that you might have which require our help and advice. To get in touch,...

Read More

September Newsletter Text Only Version

Published date : 26 September 2022

Richard Thomson MP
Gordon Parliamentary Newsletter
September 2022
 
A message from Richard Thomson MP
 
Hello and welcome to my September Parliamentary report. Here you will find details on the activities I’ve been involved in over the last month as your MP.
The issue of this newsletter was put on hold following the sad news of the death of Queen Elizabeth and the period of...

Read More

MP Accuses UK Government of Abandoning Rural Scotland

Published date : 23 September 2022

'GAPING HOLE' IN ENERGY PLAN AS RURAL HOMES FORGOTTEN
 
Gordon MP Richard Thomson has accused the Westminster Government of "abandoning rural Scotland" by failing to announce any meaningful support for rural homes as part of their energy plans.
The UK Government announced this week it would offer a payment of £100 to households across the UK who are off gas-grid and...

Read More

Thomson Welcomes UK Government's Second Thoughts on Privatisation of Channel 4

Published date : 23 September 2022

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed reports that the UK Government is ‘re examining’ the case for privatising Channel 4.
The privatisation plans had previously been likened to taking a ‘wrecking ball’ through the country’s broadcasting and production sector according to an industry expert.
Chief Executive of the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television John McVay told Holyrood’s Culture committee that...

Read More

Gordon MP Comments on 'Devastating' Stoneywood Mill Job Losses

Published date : 22 September 2022

Commenting on the news that administrators have been appointed to ten Arjowiggins Group UK subsidiaries, including the site of the Stoneywood mill in Dyce where 301 jobs have been lost, local MP Richard Thomson said:
“This is devastating news for the workforce and the whole team at the Stoneywood Mill.
“The mill has a proud history and makes specialist papers with...

Read More

Thomson Reiterates Backing for North-East's Green Freeport Bid

Published date : 22 September 2022

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has reiterated his strong backing for the North-east’s bid to secure Green Freeport status encompassing the Port of Aberdeen, Peterhead Port and Aberdeen International Airport.
As the campaign enters its final stages the North-east Scotland Green Freeport has received major backing from senior business leaders and cross-party support. 
The North-east Scotland Green Freeport consortium – led...

Read More

Local MP's Commons Tribute to Firefighter's Humanitarian Efforts

Published date : 21 September 2022

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has tabled a Motion in Westminster saluting the humanitarian efforts of firefighters involved in the Scottish Emergency Rescue Association (SERA).
Since 2007, SERA has delivered over 70 fully equipped fire appliances and ambulances to countries including Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Burundi and also provided training to hundreds of firefighters in those countries in the safe use...

Read More

MP Welcomes Scottish Government Support for Local Businesses

Published date : 21 September 2022

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has welcomed a new fund to support new businesses in Aberdeenshire. 
The Business Recovery and Growth Scheme (BRAGS), which is being funded by the Scottish Government’s Local Economic Covid Recovery Fund (LACER), will support businesses which have been trading in Aberdeenshire for at least six months. 
Designed to aid recovery from the Covid pandemic, grants will encourage...

Read More

Coastal Communities Debate Allows Local MP to Spotlight Opportunities and Challenges

Published date : 20 September 2022

A recent debate in Westminster allowed Gordon MP Richard Thomson to put the spotlight on the opportunities and challenges around the North-east coast.  Chief among these were the offshore renewables sector and the fishing industry.
The SNP MP also questioned why, when so much energy is produced in the North-east from renewables such as these, that local people were not...

Read More

Local MP Visits GlenDronach Following Multi-Million Pound Investment Announcement

Published date : 20 September 2022

Gordon MP Richard Thomson visited the GlenDronach Distillery near Forgue recently following the announcement by owners Brown-Forman of a £30million investment in the facility. 
The announcement came after a tripling of demand for GlenDronach globally over the past three years. 
This is the second phase of investment by Brown-Forman in the historic distillery after renovations of The GlenDronach Visitors’ Centre in...

Read More