Michael Moore MP’s Westminster Notes

 Liberal Democrat MP Michael Moore writes a regular column for newspapers in his Borders Constituency. Here is the latest edition. 

Free Childcare

My colleagues in the Scottish Parliament have been making the case for extending child care provision in Scotland for some time. So the fact that from August 2014 thousands of two-year-olds in Scotland will be entitled a free childcare place for 15 hours a week is excellent news for families across the Borders.

This means that we now catch up with the situation in England where the Liberal Democrats have helped to deliver a similar plan for two years now. The Coalition Government’s efforts have received backing from global experts.  We are determined to build a stronger economy and a fairer society; the new plan for childcare places for two-year-olds in Scotland is an affordable and effective way to make that happen.

This announcement shows that a strong Scottish Parliament inside the UK can deliver big results for people if we work together. The political battle of recent weeks highlights the dangers of the Scottish government focussing primarily on independence.

Broadband

Last week it was announced that more Borders communities will be getting access to fibre broadband as part of BT’s rollout of superfast broadband. Alongside this there is the Superfast Britain programme which is funded through European Structural Funds, the UK government, the Scottish government and to be put in place by BT.

Scotland has been allocated over £100m, 20 percent of the UK government’s rural broadband budget, to deliver the widest possible coverage for fast and reliable fibre broadband.

For too long, people living rural areas have missed out on investment in broadband services and this has damaged businesses and been extremely frustrating for local people.

I am glad that as a result of EU, UK, Scottish and Local Government funding and investment from BT, we will begin to see vastly improved broadband in the Borders over the next few years.

Action on hearing loss and visual impairment

Hearing Loss and sight impairment are major public health issues.  It is imperative that Governments do everything they can to break down the barriers faced by people who have hearing loss or visual impairment in accessing services, employment and education opportunities.

Last week, alongside local Liberal Democrat Borders MSP Jim Hume and other local representatives, I met with Delia Henry and her local colleagues from ‘Action on Hearing Loss Scotland’, as well as John Legge from RNIB Scotland, to be updated about the great work the two charities have done to help those affected here in the Borders.

One of the highlights for me was to meet the lip reading class from Duns – an inspiring group who are making a big difference to the lives of people here in Berwickshire.

* Michael Moore was the Liberal Democrat MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk from 1997-2015 and Secretary of State for Scotland from 2010-2013.

Read more by or more about , , , or .
This entry was posted in Op-eds, Parliament and Scotland.
Advert

One Comment

  • I like the remark at the end of the piece on free childcare, that we should work together for the good of the people, rather than concentrating on the independence issue. I have known Michael for many years and trust his judgment on this issue. Benjamin Franklin said, “We must all hang together, or we shall hang separately.”

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

To have your photo next to your comment please signup your email address with Gravatar.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarDavid Allen 18th Oct - 1:00am
    To quote "Cyclefree" on Political Betting http://www2.politicalbetting.com/index.php/archives/2019/10/17/welcome-to-the-looking-glass/ "The race is on to see if this deal can be nailed down before people have a chance...
  • User AvatarRoss McLean 18th Oct - 12:08am
    JohnMc "Plaid Cymru make a similar argument about Lib Dem funding in Wales (ie it comes from England)" That's not the point being made in...
  • User AvatarDavid Allen 18th Oct - 12:05am
    John Marriott - It looks as if Juncker was somewhat exceeding his authority. I suspect the EU would rule out an extension for more deal-tweaking....
  • User AvatarAllan Brame 17th Oct - 11:44pm
    Slightly odd comments in response to this article. The simple point being made is that it is odd, to say the least, for a party...
  • User Avatarmalc 17th Oct - 11:43pm
    A telephone poll of 400, commissioned by the LibDems. Fieldwork carried out on the 2nd Oct.
  • User Avatarmalc 17th Oct - 11:31pm
    The SNP have tabled an amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, asking for an immediate extension to the October 31 deadline and a general...