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Craig Hoy MSP column: Queen has my sincere thanks

23 May 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

Her Majesty the Queen was in outstanding form on Sunday at the Royal Windsor Horse Show – which marked the start of her platinum jubilee celebrations.

 Craig Hoy MSP

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Cuts to Scotrail services hit East Lothian rail users hard

23 May 2022 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

COUNTY rail users face problems getting to and from Edinburgh from today after Scotrail cut almost 700 services nationwide due to a shortage of drivers.

Scotrail Train

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Craig Hoy becomes chairman of the Scottish Conservative Party

20 May 2022 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

Craig Hoy, south Scotland MSP, has been announced as the new chairman of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.

 Scottish Conservative activists

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Local MSP appointed Scottish Conservative Party Chairman

18 May 2022 - Luke Jackson - Midlothian View

THE Scottish Government needs to take urgent action to improve its record-keeping and fix “significant and systemic” problems impeding the public’s right to information.

 Craig Hoy MSP

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Conservatives launch their manifesto for East Lothian Council election

2 May 2022 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

THE East Lothian Conservative and Unionist party has launched its manifesto for the upcoming East Lothian Council elections on Thursday.

Pictured with Stephen Kerr MSP (third from right) and retiring councillor Craig Hoy MSP (right) are the Conservative council candidates Katie Mackie (Musselburgh), George McGuire (Haddington and Lammermuir), Judy Lockhart-Hunter (North Berwick Coastal),

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Levelling-up boost for Gorebridge Hall

20 April 2022 - Kevin Quinn - Edinburgh Evening News

Lothian List MSP for South Scotland, Craig Hoy, has congratulated St David’s Brass Band for securing a £127,251 award to help renovate Vogrie Hall in Gorebridge.

Craig Hoy MSP, pictured outside Vogrie Hall in Gorebridge.

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Bins to be placed on walking route to help reduce littering

20 April 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

EXTRA bins could be placed on a popular walking route near Haddington Retail Park.

Bins could be placed on a Haddington walking route

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Nicola Sturgeon thinks she can walk on water but Scots are sick of the SNP's 'holier than thou' finger pointing

19 April 2022 - Craig Hoy - Scottish Daily Express

The First Minister's hypocrisy has been exposed by her Covid mask rule breach as voters tire of the SNP's record of failure in government , says Tory MSP Craig Hoy.

Nicola Sturgeon's mask is well and truly slipping after barber shop incident, says Craig Hoy

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PICTURES: Thousands of new trees planted at Butterdean

10 April 2022 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

Volunteers have planted 6,000 trees at Butterdean Wood as part of the Woodland Trust Scotland’s Big Climate Fightback.

South Scotland MSP Craig Hoy was among those helping out on the day.

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Views sought on Deposit Return Scheme

8 April 2022 - Scottish Licensed Trade News

THE views of Scottish pub and bar operators are being sought as a cross-party group of MSPs launches an inquiry into the upcoming Deposit Return Scheme (DRS).

Beer bottles

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Claims of 'staffing crisis' at East Lothian Community Hospital

7 April 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

EAST Lothian’s largest hospital is facing a “staffing crisis”, according to the chairman of a group calling for the reopening of another health facility.

There have been claims of a ‘staffing crisis’ at East Lothian Community Hospital in Haddington

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Taxi for Nicola Sturgeon! SNP leader could be sent packing over ferry fiasco

5 April 2022 - Craig Hoy - Scottish Daily Express

The First Minister needs to come up with answers over the shipbuilding fiasco after throwing former transport minister Derek Mackay over-board, says Tory MSP Craig Hoy

The First Minister needs to come up with answers over the shipbuilding fiasco after throwing former transport minister Derek Mackay over-board, says Tory MSP Craig Hoy.

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Politicians praise Dunbar dancers for raising £40,000

29 March 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

DANCERS who have raised £40,000 for charity over 20 years have been praised.

Dunbar School of Dance impressed audiences at The Brunton and also two politicians

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Three more candidates announced for East Lothian Council election

25 March 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

ANOTHER three candidates have been confirmed as standing in the East Lothian Council elections in May, taking the total number of candidates confirmed so far to 37.

From left: Donna Collins (Conservative), Liz Allan (SNP) and Jacquie Bell (Liberal Democrats) are the latest candidates announced for the East Lothian Council elections

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Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross hits campaign trail in Musselburgh

24 March 2022 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

DOUGLAS Ross was on the campaign trail in East Lothian yesterday (Wednesday) in preparation for the upcoming East Lothian Council elections in May.

Scottish Conservative activists

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Public urged to have their say about flytipping

19 March 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

MEMBERS of the public are being urged to have their say on an attempt to crack down on flytipping.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Changes to housing plans at Letham Mains approved, despite concerns about 'cramming in' homes

17 March 2022 - Marie Sharp - East Lothian Courier

DEVELOPERS have been accused of "cramming in" houses at the expense of the environment after applying to change the layout of part of a new housing estate.

Mactaggart and Mickel is one of a number of developers building on the large Letham Mains site in Haddington. Image: Google Maps

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Midlothian residents encouraged to share their views on fly-tipping

14 March 2022 - Kevin Quinn - Edinburgh Evening News

South Scotland List MSP Craig Hoy has encouraged local people to respond to a proposed bill to crackdown on the scourge of fly-tipping.

Stock Pic Lisa Ferguson, of fly-tipping at Millerhill.

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Craig Hoy MSP column: War in Ukraine is 'horrifying'

12 March 2022 - Craig Hoy - East Lothian Courier

LIKE many, I thought the days of invasion by dictatorships on European soil were the stuff of history books rather than news bulletins.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Dunbar apprentices receive visit from Douglas Ross

12 March 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A GROUP of young apprentices visited by the leader of the Scottish Conservatives have been put forward for a national award.

Craig Hoy MSP with The Ridge Foundation’s managing director Kate Darrah, Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross, and the director of construction at The Ridge, Kevin McClure.

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The war in Ukraine has sounded alarm bells

Tuesday March 8 2022 - Craig Hoy - Midlothian View

Craig Hoy MSP, South of Scotland, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View

Craig Hoy MSP

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Torness Power Station closure 'playing politics with people's livelihoods'

8 March 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

THE Scottish Government has been accused of “playing games with people’s livelihoods” ahead of the closure of Torness Power Station.

Torness Power Station

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North Berwick Charity shop 'crucial to saving lives' says MSP

2 March 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

AN MSP has championed the important role of charity shops in the community on a visit to a North Berwick store.

Craig Hoy with Jonathan Roden and Patricia Pentice

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Veterans charities to receive more than £2m

1 March 2022 - Neil Pooran - The Independent

Veterans minister Keith Brown announced the funding during a debate at the Scottish Parliament.

MSPs debated veterans’ mental health (Andrew Matthews/PA)

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Lothian Buses' X5 service could 'soon' return to East Lothian

28 February 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

AN EXPRESS bus service connecting East Lothian’s coastal villages with Edinburgh could “soon” be back on the road.

Hopes have been raised that the X5 could soon be serving the people of East Lothian once again

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Concerned over castle closures

27 February 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

AFTER the storms, I hope that with spring soon with us, we will be able to get outdoors to explore everything East Lothian has to offer.

Craig Hoy MSP

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'No sense to the Scottish people!' Sturgeon blasted for endless quest for independence

20 February 2022 - Kyle Farrell - Express

SCOTTISH Conservative MSP Craig Hoy discussed the comments of BBC journalist Sarah Smith who spoke out regarding her online abuse with the Tory believing the "drumbeat" of Scottish independence only fueled more "bitterness" in Scotland during a passionate monologue.

Nicola Sturgeon was attacked for fuelling divisiveness in Scotland

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East Linton Railway Station work to take place through night

19 February - Cameron Ross Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

NIGHTTIME work will take place at the new East Linton Railway Station each weekend until the end of March.

East Linton Station

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MSP slams soaring NHS discharge delays

8 February 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

DELAYED hospital discharge figures throughout the Lothians have soared by 80 per cent in 12 months.

Craig Hoy MSP has described the figures as 'eye-watering'

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Fund Scotland's councils fairly

3 February 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

THE financial crisis facing Scottish local authorities is stark: and it is one entirely of this SNP Government’s making.

Craig Hoy MSP

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MSP hands over petition to Lothian Buses calling on return of axed service

2 February 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A PETITION calling on the return of a bus connecting several communities in East Lothian with Edinburgh has been handed over to Lothian Buses.

MSP Craig Hoy (left) and Councillor Jeremy Findlay are calling on Lothian Buses to bring back the X5 service

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Confirmation of 'firm intention' for school exams this year

2 February 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

IT REMAINS the Scottish Government’s “firm intention” to hold exams – despite concerns from a local MSP that schoolchildren and parents were continuing “to be left in the dark”.

Exams are expected to take place in schools throughout East Lothian this summer. Picture: PA

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Scotland's mental health crisis is national DISGRACE - and one of the SNP’s making

25 January 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - Scottish Daily Express

Ministers must get a grip before a whole generation of young people are failed and more lives needlessly lost

Growing numbers of young Scots face mental health illness (Posed by model)

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'Nobody is laughing' Sturgeon savaged for IndyRef2 plans - 'like Groundhog day'

25 January 2022 - Millie Cooke - Express

NICOLA STURGEON has been savaged for her plans for a second independence referendum, with a former Labour MP hitting out at the First Minister for what he called "groundhog day" in Scotland.

Craig Hoy MSP

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‘People dying needlessly’ due to SNP mishandling of Scottish NHS slams Tory MSP

23 January 2022 - Tom Hussey - Express

A SCOTTISH Conservative has accused the SNP of mishandling the NHS so poorly that people are "dying needlessly".

Craig Hoy hammered the SNP for the chaos in Scots NHS

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Bid to change road layout at Haddington housing development

22 January 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

LETTERS have been delivered to homes in a new housing estate ahead of potential changes to the development.

Craig Hoy, South Scotland MSP, has highlighted potential changes to Kerr Loan in Haddington. Main picture: Google Maps

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Campaign for path between Gullane and Drem boosted

21 January 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A MAJOR step forward in a near two-decade campaign for the creation of a path linking two villages has been welcomed.

Near two-decade campaign for path between villages boosted

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Sturgeon's independence bid blown open with energy deal to power Scotland back into EU

20 January 2022 - Antony Ashkenaz - Express

THE SCOTTISH National Party (SNP) appears to be ready to use its renewable energy portfolio to try and power itself to independence and leverage its way into the EU.

Mr Hoy laughed off claims by Ms Sturgeon that independence would solve Scotland's woes

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Health Secretary Humza Yousaf meets with Edington Hospital campaigners over reopening facility

20 January 2022 - Cameron Ross Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

CAMPAIGNERS fighting for the reopening of the Edington Cottage Hospital have had a meeting with Scotland’s Health Secretary.

The Edington Hospital is currently closed

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MSPs set-up cross-party beer and pubs group

18 January 2022 - Scottish Licensed Trade News

New group to provide ‘forum for hospitality organisations’

A CROSS-party beer and pubs group has been established by Members of the Scottish Parliament.

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MSPs form Cross-Party Group on Beer and Pubs

17 January 2022 - Luke Jackson - Midlothian View

A Cross-Party Group on beer and pubs has been established by Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Craig Hoy MSP (left) pulling pints at the Castle Inn, Dirleton, with North Berwick Coastal Councillor Jeremy Findlay (right).

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Craig Hoy MSP column: I'm eager to hear your concerns

15 January 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

THE past two years have undoubtedly been difficult for many people. I hope 2022 brings a fresh start for those who need it and that it is a happy and healthy time for you and your loved ones.

Craig Hoy, South Scotland MSP

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'On Nicola Sturgeon's watch!' SNP accused of 'wall of silence' in solving Scots NHS crisis

15 January 2022 - Tom Hussey - Express

SCOTLAND'S NHS crisis has exploded on Nicola Sturgeon's watch but has been met by nothing but a "wall of silence", according to a Scottish MSP.

 Craig Hoy hammered the SNP for the chaos in Scots NHS

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Conservatives announce candidate for Haddington and Lammermuir ward at East Lothian Council election

6 January 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier 

A FIFTH candidate has emerged in the Haddington and Lammermuir ward for May’s East Lothian Council election.

George McGuire (right) is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Craig Hoy and become a Haddington and Lammermuir ward councillor

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Representing Border 21.12.21

4 January 2022 - ITV Border

On tonight's programme we have the details of Nicola Sturgeon's statement and Peter MacMahon gets reaction from the Scottish Conservative health spokesperson, the South of Scotland MSP Craig Hoy.

Representing Border - Tuesday 21 December

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Community council chairperson chosen as Tory candidate

29 December 2021 - Caitlin Johnston - East Lothian Courier 

THE chairperson of North Berwick Community Council has been chosen by the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party to stand in next year’s East Lothian Council election for North Berwick Coastal ward.

Jeremy Findlay, Craig Hoy MSP and Judy Lockhart Hunter

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Accident and emergency waiting times 'completely unacceptable'

28 December 2021 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

ACCIDENT and emergency waiting times across the Lothians are “completely unacceptable”, according to an MSP.

Craig Hoy, South Scotland MSP, has called for more to be done to tackle waiting times in accident and emergency

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Two Midlothian pupils win local MSPs Christmas card competitions

24 December 2021 - Kevin Quinn - Edinburgh Evening News

Two Midlothian primary school pupils recently had their designs chosen for two local MSPs’ Christmas cards for this year’s festive period.

Laila Houston, aged 7, from Stobhill Primary School, pictured with Mr Hoy, who is holding her winning card.

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North Berwick residents "left in the dark" over Edington Cottage Hospital closure says MSP Craig Hoy

20 December 2021 - Rhoda Morrison - Edinburgh Evening News

MSP Craig Hoy has accused Scotland’s health secretary of “leaving communities in the dark” over the future of Edington Cottage Hospital.

MSP Craig Hoy led the debate last week

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Craig Hoy MSP urges people to shop local

20 December 2021 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A CAMPAIGN designed to encourage customers to shop local and support small businesses has received the backing of a local MSP.

Craig Hoy MSP and Cllr Gordon Mackett at Nettie's in Tranent

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Decision not to reopen Edington Hospital disappointing

20 December 2021 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

LAST week came the incredibly disappointing news that North Berwick’s Edington Cottage Hospital will remain closed for at least another 45 days. This decision was reached by health chiefs before the official date of the review on the hospital’s future with no consultation of local residents.

Craig Hoy MSP.

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Linton Hotel owner 'blown away' by double success at Food Awards Scotland

19 December 2021 - Isla Aitken - East Lothian Courier

A HOTEL owner was “totally blown away” when his business scooped two awards at this year’s Food Awards Scotland.

From left with the award: Brian Kilpatrick, Joe Hunter, Patrick Cairney and Andy Nunn

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Kate Forbes is a real-life Ebenezeer Scrooge and her Budget is a blatant cash grab

14 December 2021 - Craig Hoy MSP - Scottish Daily Express

It didn’t take long for the wheels to fly-off of the SNP’s Budget.

While Finance Minister Kate Forbes hailed her blueprint as good news for ordinary Scots, the real extent of the damage it will cause was barely disguised in the detail.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has a record amount of money to spend next year. Has she got her priorities right?

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Hospital campaigners' dismay at 'diabolical' response from health secretary

9 December 2021 - Isla Aitken - East Lothian Courier

The Scottish health secretary’s delayed response to requests for a meeting on the future of North Berwick’s Edington Hospital has been described by a campaigner as “diabolical”.

Judy Lockhart-Hunter, Craig Hoy MSP and Murray Duncanson with Mr Hoy's survey report

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Hospital service at heart of East Lothian community expected to remain closed following review

8 December 2021 - Marie Sharp - Edinburgh Live

A community hospital which saw its only ward close after staff were temporarily moved out is not expected to reopen this year as NHS Lothian continues to struggle with recruitment issues.

Edington Hospital North Berwick.

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MSP: Edington Hospital expected to stay closed for now

8 December 2021 - Marie Sharp - East Lothian Courier

A community hospital which saw its only ward close after staff were temporarily moved out is not expected to reopen this year as NHS Lothian continues to struggle with recruitment issues.

MSPs at Hands Around the Edington Rally

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MSP accuses bus bosses of having 'heads in the sand' over suspended X5 service

2 December 2021 - Isla Aitken - East Lothian Courier

A SOUTH Scotland MSP has accused Lothian Buses bosses of having their “heads in the sand” over the suspended X5 bus service.

The X5 service has been withdrawn. Image: Lothian Buses

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900 sign petition to bring back bus service after suspension adds an hour to commute

29 November 2021 - Ian Swanson - Edinburgh Evening News

More than 900 people have backed a petition calling for the reinstatement of a bus service whose suspension has added up to an hour to the commute from East Lothian to the Capital.

Craig Hoy is calling for the reinstatement of the X5 between North Berwick and Edinburgh

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Surge of Covid-19 positive cases force East Lothian Hospital to close wards

24 November 2021 - Shona Elliott - Edinburgh Evening News

East Lothian Community Hospital has been forced to close two wards due to a significant number of Covid-19 positive cases at the Haddington centre.

East Lothian Community Hospital has been forced to close two wards due to a significant number of Covid-19 positive cases.

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Covid Scotland: Only half of schools have any Covid cases, as Nicola Sturgeon confirms ban on live audiences at school Christmas concerts

23 November 2021 - Jane Bradley - The Scotsman

Only half of Scottish schools have any active Covid cases, while “very few” have enough to be classified as an outbreak, MSPs have been told.

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UK Government helps young people back to work in Midlothian

22 November 2021 - Kevin Quinn - Midlothian Advertiser

Two Scottish Conservative local List MSPs have praised the UK Government for helping young people back into work.

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Fury as Scots care home residents injected with salt water instead of Covid vaccine

22 November 2021 - John Ferguson - Daily Record

Residents at Millbrae Care Home in Coatbridge were wrongly vaccinated and the health board have apologised.

Millbrae Care Home in Coatbridge

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Covid booster jags rollout has been shambolic

20 November 2021 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

IT'S been a busy few weeks. I was proud and honoured to lay a wreath at the war memorial in Haddington. 

Craig Hoy MSP.

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MSP's praise for 'amazing' work of East Lothian Foodbank

19 November 2021 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A TRANENT charity has been described as an “outstanding community service” for supporting those at risk of going hungry.

Elaine Morrison and Andrew, of East Lothian Foodbank, welcomed Craig Hoy, South Scotland MSP (left), recently

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John Swinney apologises for booster vaccine rollout issues in East Lothian after issue is raised at Holyrood

18 November 2021 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

CONCERNS surrounding “a number of issues” with the booster vaccine appointments system in East Lothian have been heard in the Scottish Parliament.

A long queue for Covid booster jags at Hamilton Road, Gullane. Photo: Derek Braid

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Deputy First Minister admits “number of issues” with booster appointments in Midlothian

11 November 2021 - Luke Jackson - Midlothian View

Questioned by South of Scotland MSP Craig Hoy, the Deputy First Minister of Scotland has admitted that there are “a number of issues” with the booster vaccine appointments system in Midlothian.

Craig Hoy MSP questioned the Deputy First Minister on the booster jab roll-out in Lothian.

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FMQs: NHS Lothian Covid booster booking system facing ‘challenges’

11 November 2021 - Jane Bradley - The Scotsman

There are some “challenges within the appointment system” to book Covid booster vaccinations in the Lothians, Deputy First Minister John Swinney has admitted.

Scottish Conservative's newly elected Craig Hoy. Picture: PA

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Residents urged to only attend A&E if their condition is life-threatening due to 'immense pressure' on service

11 November 2021 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

EAST Lothian residents are being urged to attend accident and emergency (A&E) only if their condition is life-threatening because hospitals across the Lothians are under “immense pressure".

Photo copyright: Lisa Jarvis and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence

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Craig Hoy's thoughts on COP26 and what we need to do next

9 November 2021 - Craig Hoy - Midlothian View

Craig Hoy MSP, South of Scotland, writes his monthly column for Midlothian View.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Midlothian’s NHS is "toiling" under the SNP according to Conservative MSP

8 November 2021 - Kevin Quinn - Midlothian Advertiser

Craig Hoy, a Conservative List MSP for South Scotland, has said that the NHS in Midlothian’s is “toiling” under the SNP Health Secretary’s watch as Lothian recorded its worst A&E waiting times on record.

 Craig Hoy MSP at East Lothian Community Hospital

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East Lothian MSPs join in protest after shock closure of community hospital

8 November 2021 - Shona Elliott - Edinburgh Evening News

Local MSPs from different political parties have joined with North Berwick’s local community to help reinstate Edington Hospital Service following its sudden closure in September.

MSPs at Hands Around The Edington event

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97 per cent of respondents to MSP's Edington Hospital survey oppose closure of its services

7 November 2021 - Isla Aitken - East Lothian Courier

A COMMUNITY survey organised by South Scotland MSP Craig Hoy has found that 97 per cent of respondents oppose the closure of inpatient services at North Berwick's Edington Hospital.

 Craig Hoy MSP at the Edington Hospital

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Our renewables opportunities

6 November 2021 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

IT IS FANTASTIC that Scotland is hosting COP26.

The road to this summit has not been easy but I hope it will be a historic success.

Craig Hoy MSP.

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Tory MSP demands action to combat SNP drug death chaos that has ‘destroyed peoples lives’

6 November 2021 - Tom Hussey - The Express

A SCOTTISH Conservative MSP has demanded an end to the tragic record number of drug deaths in Scotland during the SNP's reign of power.

Craig Hoy MSP.

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