Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Parliamentary Recognition for Galloway Cattle Society

Finlay Galloway Hills

Local MSP, Finlay Carson, has today lodged a motion at the Scottish Parliament congratulating Galloway Cattle Society on securing £35,000 from the Rural Enterprise Local Action Group to support the ‘Defining Galloway Beef’ project which will help promote Galloway Beef and to encourage more famers to think about stocking Galloways.

Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:

“I am delighted to hear that Galloway Cattle Society have been successful in securing £35,000 for their ‘Defining Galloway Beef’ project.

“Galloway Beef is a unique product and it is only right it receives the recognition and brand message which will be delivered by the project.

“As the constituency MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, I am proud to champion Galloway Beef in Parliament, and have submitted a Motion congratulating the Society on their success.”

Carson Comments on SPSO Report into Dumfries and Galloway Health Board

11.10.17 Newton Stewart Hospital

Yesterday, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman reported on a compliant regarding a patient not being informed during discharge form Newton Stewart Hospital, about the financial implications of being moved into a care home.

The Report has recommended that Dumfries and Galloway Health Board cover the costs of the patient’s nursing home fees and apologise for failing to ensure he was discharged in a reasonable way and, in particular, in a position to make an informed decision about the move to a nursing home.

Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:

“ I am deeply concerned at the failing that the Investigation Report has highlighted.

“I am meeting with the Chief Executive of  the health board today to discuss what corrective measures have been put in place.

“Discharge from Hospital into the community is a very stressful time.

“Everything need to be done to ensure that patients are well informed and aware of the choices available.

“This sadly, has not been the patient’s experience in this case.

“Cottage Hospitals such as Newton Stewart Hospital, can play a vital role in rehabilitation and subsequent transition from hospital to home or residential care, particularly in rural areas where support can move easily be provide by family and friends.”

Carson’s Carpool Highlights A75 Improvements

14.03.17 A75 A77

Local MSP Finlay Carson has met with a representative of Transport Scotland, in Dumfries and Galloway, to highlight various maintenance concerns surrounding the A75.

The Galloway and West Dumfries MSP drove the representative along the A75 to highlight the issues that need tackled.

Following the meeting, Carson got reassurance that the following measure would be taken:

  • Overhanging vegetation along the A75 from Castle Douglas to Stranraer will be cut back. Focusing  on areas where signs are obscured and locations where there could be a road safety issue;
  • Scotland TranServ (STS) has been notified of locations where white edge lines are missing, and these will be included in future programme of works;
  • STS has been notified of several road signs which have either slipped or need to be reinstated;
  • STS will check the bend west of B735 Kirkcowan junction and repair the damaged verge; and
  • Following Dark Sky accreditation in Dumfries and Galloway, Transport Scotland will consider changes to street light illumination on trunk roads.

Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:

“I welcome Transport Scotland and Scotland TranServ’s commitment to improving road conditions on the A75.

“It is important that, as the busiest trunk route  ferry route, the A75 is properly maintained.

“Inviting representatives from Transport Scotland down to travel the road is extremely important in order to highlight the issues at hand.

“I will continue to raise the matter of further investment into our infrastructure including upgrading both the A75 and A77 to dual carriageway whilst continue to ensure that maintenance on the A75 and A77 is kept to a high standard.”

Local MSP Supports UK Fuel Duty Freeze

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Finlay Carson, MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, has today welcomed the Chancellor’s fuel duty freeze.

In his budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond, announced a freeze on fuel duty for an eighth successive year.

Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:

“This will be welcomed news by motorists across Scotland, especially in our  rural constituency of Galloway and West Dumfries.

“This is the eighth successive year the fuel duty has been frozen and shows a commitment by the UK Government to tackling issues around the price of fuel.

“In many ways we pay a premium for living in a rural area, and the cost of fuel is a major weekly cost for businesses and individuals - I welcome today’s freeze!”

MSP Welcomes UK Budget Grant for Galloway Charity

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Today’s Budget, delivered by Conservative Chancellor Philip Hammond, has announced Libor grants for Scottish charities.


In total, Scottish charities will reap the rewards of more than £3.3 million pounds.

This includes local charity South West Scotland RnR, which is based in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway.

RnR has been awarded £135,000 from the Treasury to provide training for Veterans in the Transport Sector.

Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said:

“I am delighted to hear that RnR will receive a substantial grant from the Chancellor’s Budget today.

“It is great to see that the Chancellor appreciates and is rewarding the work of RnR – which will provide training and accommodation to veterans looking to return to work.

“With a shortage of around 60,000 lorry drivers nationally, RnR’s work is crucial to both veterans’ wellbeing and the economy.

“Last week in a Scottish Parliament debate on Veterans in Scotland, I highlighted the crucial work RnR carries out in Dumfries and Galloway and I am grateful for the service provided by RnR.”