Local press coverage

Importance of Glenkinchie Distillery highlighted by Craig Hoy MSP

20 May 2024 - Craig Bathgate - East Lothian Courier 

An East Lothian distillery’s impact on the local economy was praised by a South Scotland MSP as he called on the Scottish Government to consult with businesses in the drinks industry before imposing restrictions on alcohol promotion

Glenkinchie Distillery

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Craig Hoy MSP column: ‘Don’t ban wood-burning stoves’

19 May 2024 - Craig Hoy - East Lothian Courier 

 The SNP Government is planning to ban the use of wood-burning stoves. This is the latest policy from a Scottish Government that simply doesn’t understand rural Scotland.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Craig Hoy MSP column: ‘Determined to centralise care in East Lothian’

4 May 2024 - Craig Hoy - East Lothian Courier 

 The recent closure of the inpatient beds at Belhaven Hospital is deeply concerning and will undoubtedly compromise  patient care.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Repeal the new hate crime law

20 April 2024 - Craig Hoy - East Lothian Courier 

  It should come as no surprise that the SNP’s hate crime legislation has provoked anger and confusion.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Cockenzie pupils ask 'pertinent questions' at Holyrood visit

20 February 2024 - Craig Bathgate - East Lothian Courier

Pupils from Cockenzie Primary School were welcomed to the Scottish Parliament by South Scotland MSP Craig Hoy. 

Pupils from Cockenzie Primary School were invited to the Scottish Parliament by South Scotland MSP Craig Hoy (centre)

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Digital bonfire of Whatsapp messages regrettable

10 February 2024 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

LAST week, Nicola Sturgeon appeared in front of the UK Covid Inquiry to defend her Government’s handling of the pandemic.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Craig Hoy backs Carfrae Farm Shop at Countryside Alliance Awards

1 February 2024 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A SHOP which opened less than two years ago has received the backing of an MSP in its bid to lift a ‘Rural Oscar’.

Craig Hoy MSP outside of Carfrae Farm Shop with owners Trudi Cueto and Eric Linklater

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South Scotland MSP's foodbank collection a huge success

16 January 2024 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A COLLECTION for East Lothian Foodbank in Haddington’s Tesco store has been hailed a success.

raig Hoy, South Scotland MSP, joined Rae Goode, secretary of East Lothian Foodbank, at Haddington's Tesco store in the lead up to Christmas

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Scottish Government's 'divisive policies' continuing

13 January 2024 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

AS WE ENTER 2024, it is deeply disappointing to see that Humza Yousaf is continuing to commit his Government to divisive policies which are clearly against the best interests of the people of East Lothian.

Craig Hoy MSP

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County politicians' concern for residents after Stewart Milne collapse

11 January 2024 - Craig Bathgate - East Lothian Courier

THE demise of housebuilder Stewart Milne Group is “very concerning”, according to a county-based MSP.

Stewart Milne has entered administration. Image: PA

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School pupil's design was chosen for Craig Hoy MSP's Christmas card

5 January 2024 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A CREATIVE youngster’s design was chosen as the Christmas card for an MSP.

Craig Hoy MSP with the winning design

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Energise Galashiels Trust mentioned in parliamentary motion

23 December 2023 - John Hislop - Border Telegraph

MSP from South Scotland Craig Hoy has presented a parliamentary motion congratulating Energise Galashiels Trust for winning the Creative Community Award at the Scotland Loves Local Awards.

Craig Hoy MSP with members of the Energise Galashiels Trust

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Positive stories to reflect on

16 December 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

CHRISTMAS is just around the corner and I hope it will be an enjoyable and peaceful time for many residents.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Scottish Parliament raises a glass to Belhaven Brewery’s success

15 November 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

POLITICIANS have raised a glass to Belhaven Brewery on its double award success.

Belhaven Brewery won both the Visitor Attraction of the Year and Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year (for Fiona Matheson) at the 2023 Icons of Beer Awards. Inset: Craig Hoy MSP (Image: Newsquest)

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Longniddry: Volunteers team up to keep beach clean

25 October 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

NEARLY 1,000 items have been cleared from a 100m stretch of Longniddry Bents.

Craig Hoy, South Scotland MSP, joined Caitlin Godfrey, hellfish Engagement Officer at the Marine Conservation Society, at Longniddry

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Macmillan Cancer Support: Coffee mornings a great boost for charity

24 October 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

TWO coffee mornings have raised nearly £1,500 for a charity supporting people affected by cancer.

Two coffee mornings have collected more than £1,450 for Macmillan Cancer Support

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Musselburgh: Charity expresses 'delighted' with MSP's visit

24 October 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A CHARITY’S work in providing education, housing and employment support to young people across East Lothian has been praised by a visiting MSP.

A CHARITY’S work in providing education, housing and employment support to young people across East Lothian has been praised by a visiting MSP.

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Activists ignoring real priorities

22 October 2023 - Craig Hoy - East Lothian Courier

VISITORS to Haddington Farmers’ Market will be surprised to see a number of flag-waving splinter groups supporting the Scottish independence movement. 

Craig Hoy MSP

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South Scotland MSP raises 'significant concern' about delayed discharge in Borders

10 October 2023 - ITV News

A South Scotland MSP has raised "significant concern" about the impact of delayed discharge of patients from hospital in the Borders.

Borders General Hospital near Melrose.

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Melrose Abbey facing complex challenges

26 September 2023 - John Hislop - Border Telegraph

COUNCILLOR for Melrose & Leaderdale Jenny Linehan joined MSP for South Scotland Craig Hoy at Melrose Abbey recently as Historic Environment Scotland prepare for a first phase of conservation work.

Craig Hoy MSP and Cllr Jenny Linehan at Melrose Abbey

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Support the Lammermuir Festival

24 September 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

I WAS saddened to learn about Creative Scotland’s decision to stop funding the Lammermuir Festival after 14 highly successful years.

Lammermuir Festival

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Lessons to be learned from fire

11 September 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

Last month, a fire at the landfill site outside Dunbar caused serious concern in the local community.

Jaimie Currie captured this image of the fire. Inset: Craig Hoy MSP (Image: Freelancer)

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MSP welcomes new extra care apartments in the Scottish Borders

7 September 2023 - Morag Kuc - Southern Reporter

Craig Hoy, Conservative MSP for South Scotland, has welcomed new extra care apartments in the Scottish Borders following a recent visit to Poynder Apartments in Kelso.

Craig Hoy MSP outside of Poynder Apartments in Kelso with Nile Istephan (Chief Executive of Eildon)

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MSP Craig Hoy visits award winning Dawyck Botanic Garden

4 September 2023 - John Hislop - Border Telegraph

A NEW panoramic viewing deck for visitors at Dawyck Botanic Garden in the Scottish Borders is due to be opened in late September.

Craig Hoy MSP visiting Dawyck Botanic Garden

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MSP congratulates Glentress staff, contestants and volunteers

20 August 2023 - John Hislop - Border Telegraph

MSP Craig Hoy has submitted a parliamentary motion which has been brought forward to Members of the Scottish Parliament to thank the staff, contestants and volunteers who helped to deliver the UCI Cycling World Championships at Glentress Forest in the Scottish Borders.

SB-TE (left-to-right) Martin Page, Craig Hoy MSP and Diane Bennett at the Tweed Valley Osprey Project in Glentress Forest earlier this year

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Call for defibrillators to be installed on Borders Railway

17 August 2023 - Roger Smith - Railway Adventures

A member of the Scottish Parliament has called for defibrillators to be installed at three railway stations on the Borders Railway to Tweedbank.

Craig Hoy at Galashiels station

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Call for defibrillators at Borders railway stations

16 August 2023 - Kevin Janiak - The Southern Reporter

A call for defibrillators to be installed at Borders railway stations has been made by Craig Hoy MSP.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Scotrail meeting tracks problems

13 August 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

WE are more than halfway through the Scottish Parliament summer recess, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to update you on what I have been doing while Parliament is not sitting.

Craig Hoy MSP

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East Lothian rail passengers getting 'unacceptable level of service' 

11 August 2023 - Craig Bathgate - East Lothian Courier

Rail passengers are getting “less for more” after a 4.8 per cent increase in rail fares last month, says South Scotland MSP Craig Hoy.

Rail fares were increased by 4.8 per cent last month. Inset: Craig Hoy MSP (Image: Newsquest)

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MSP urges Borderers to back defibrillator campaign

11 August 2023 - John Hislop - Peeblesshire News

MSP for South Scotland Craig Hoy, is calling for defibrillators to be installed at Tweedbank, Galashiels and Stow railway stations as soon as possible.

Call for passengers at Borders railway stations to have access to a defibrillator (Image: John Hislop)

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Borderers urged to donate unused food to community larder

6 August 2023 - John Hislop - Borders Telegraph

BORDERS MP John Lamont, and South Scotland MSP Craig Hoy have praised the team at Earlston Community Larder after meeting with volunteers from the service at Earlston Parish Church Hall.

John Lamont MP and Craig Hoy MSP with volunteers from Earlston Community Larder

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East Lothian community heroes honoured at Scottish Parliament

4 August 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A CHARITY providing support to seriously ill children, a leading person in mental health walks, and a key figure in a town’s football club have been recognised in the Scottish Parliament.

David Habgood (right) was among those recognised in a special ceremony organised by Craig Hoy, South Scotland MSP

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Craig Hoy MSP steps up to boost Cancer Research UK funds

23 July 2023 - Craig Bathgate - East Lothian Courier

MSP for South Scotland Craig Hoy has raised £3,287.50 as part of a Cancer Research UK Race for Life event at Holyrood Park in Edinburgh.

Craig Hoy MSP's race for life

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Anti-social behaviour concern

18 July 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

WITH the summer here, now is a perfect time to get out and enjoy our wonderful villages, towns and coastal areas across East Lothian.

Craig Hoy MSP outside of East Lothian Community Hospital

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Farmers in need of more support

1 July 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

 

I RECENTLY joined my colleagues Douglas Ross and Rachael Hamilton at the Royal Highland Show, where we launched the five key priorities of the Scottish Conservatives for rural Scotland.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Peebles volunteer Anne Snoddy named 'Community Champion'

20 June 2023 - Mark Davey - Peebleshire News

A VOLUNTEER who has unstintingly served Peebles in a variety of roles for more than 20 years has been hailed as a Community Champion.

(Left-to-right) Neil Mason, Craig Hoy MSP, Anne Snoddy, councillor Julie Pirone and Malcolm Bruce

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Nicola Sturgeon should be suspended

17 June 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

LAST weekend, I called on the First Minister to suspend Nicola Sturgeon after she was arrested by police as part of the ongoing SNP fraud investigation.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Progress on reopening Dirleton and Tantallon castles praised

9 June 2023 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

PROGRESS towards the reopening of Dirleton Castle has been welcomed by a county-based MSP.

Craig Hoy MSP with representatives from Dirleton Village Association, Gullane and Dirleton History Society and Historic Environment Scotland

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Tranent: Bank vows to ensure 'no one is left behind' after closure

6 June 2023 - Craig Bathgate - East Lothian Courier

A representative for NatWest has claimed the banking group is taking seriously its responsibility to support people who face challenges moving to online banking.

Tranent’s RBS branch (Image: Newsquest)

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Haddstock Festival proves a hit

3 June 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

I WAS delighted to attend Haddstock Festival on Saturday and to see East Lothian’s summer events season getting into full swing.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Meeting to discuss proposals for train station in Haddington shelved

29 May 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A MEETING between campaigners calling for a new railway station in Haddington and Scotland’s transport minister has been shelved.

Kevin Stewart MSP

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Community Ownership Fund proves union’s benefits

23 May 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier 

The UK Government is opening applications for the third round of the £150 million Community Ownership Fund, which will enable groups looking to save pubs, historic buildings, music venues and sport facilities at risk of being lost to apply for up to £1 million funding.

 Craig Hoy MSP

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Stand against parking charges

7 May 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

EAST Lothian is lucky to have a number of successful high streets and independent county-based businesses.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Craig Hoy MSP column: We 'deserve better' than SNP

22 April 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

IN OCTOBER last year, East Lothian SNP MSP Paul McLennan described Scotland as being “shackled” to an “outdated, corrupt Westminster system” in his regular Courier column.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Jacobite combatant’s descendant visits Battle of Prestonpans museum

11 April 2023 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

A SOUTH Scotland MSP has visited the site of the Battle of Prestonpans and its associated museum to learn about its future and plans for growth.

Donald Cameron MSP, Arran Johnston and Craig Hoy

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Urgent talks over bank closure

22 April 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

I AM VERY concerned about the proposed closure of the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Tranent branch and have written to bank bosses requesting an urgent meeting to discuss this matter.

 Craig Hoy MSP

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Conservatives put forward motion to scrap Johnnie Cope's Road closure

20 April 2023 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

THE Conservative Group at East Lothian Council has put forward a motion to see the proposed closure of Johnnie Cope’s Road scrapped.

Craig Hoy MSP and Cllr Lachlan Bruce at Johnnie Cope's Road

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Prestonpans: Politicians praise tower restoration project progress

29 March 2023 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

The progress being made on Preston Tower’s redevelopment has been praised by local politicians.

Craig Hoy with Lachlan Bruce on their visit to Preston Tower

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Craig Hoy MSP looking for nominations for local community heroes

27 March 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

NOMINATIONS for a celebration of community champions in health, well-being and sport throughout the south of Scotland are being invited.

Craig Hoy MSP and local hero Rab Moran at the state opening of the Scottish Parliament in October 2021

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MSP hears of plans to develop visitor experience at Glentress

27 March 2023 - John Hislop - Border Telegraph

CONSERVATIVE MSP for South Scotland Craig Hoy recently visited Glentress Forest near Innerleithen ahead of this year's UCI Cycling World Championships.

(left-to-right) Martin Page, Craig Hoy MSP and Diane Bennett at the Tweed Valley Osprey Project in Glentress Forest

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Craig Hoy MSP column: SNP now in complete turmoil

25 March 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

IN THE last two weeks, the SNP’s party leadership contest has descended into complete turmoil.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Petition launched to save 'crucial' early learning centres in Midlothian

15 March 2023 - The Newsroom - Edinburgh Evening News

The threatened closure of up to three “life-saving” early learning centres will leave young children and families in Midlothian feeling abandoned, according to the award-winning organisation.

Concerned parents with Craig Hoy MSP (centre) and Cheryl Brown from Midlothian Sure Start (centre)

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Dunbar: MSP praises harbour volunteers

13 March 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

HARD-WORKING volunteers at an historic harbour have been praised for their efforts.

Alasdair Swan, Craig Hoy MSP, Denholm Horsburgh and Fiona Kibby

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Councils need fair funding

11 March 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

LAST week, council tax in East Lothian was increased by seven per cent. This is higher than my party supported and is in no small part because of underfunding from the Scottish Government.

Craig Hoy MSP

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MSP's concern over "huge drop" in special constable numbers

2 March 2023 - Kevin Janiak - The Southern Reporter

An MSP has voiced “deep alarm” at a “huge drop” in the number of special constables within the Lothians and Scottish Borders policing division.

Craig Hoy MSP outside of Haddington Police Station.

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Very little has been delivered

25 February 2023 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

NICOLA Sturgeon is certainly a big figure in Scottish politics. But we must ask ourselves: What has her Government actually delivered for East Lothian? The answer: very little.

Craig Hoy MSP

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MSP Craig Hoy hears about the important role apprentices are playing in Early Years education

23 February 2023 - Borders College - feNews

South of Scotland MSP Craig Hoy recently visited Kingsmeadows Nursery in Peebles to talk with staff, including Modern Apprentices studying at @BordersCollege, about Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Craig Hoy MSP at Kingsmeadows NS

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Politicians urge people with epilepsy to fill in national survey

19 February 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

MORE than 1,000 people with epilepsy in East Lothian have been encouraged to make their voices heard.

Paul McLennan, MSP for East Lothian, and South Scotland MSP Craig Hoy have backed a national survey

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Legislation is 'deeply flawed'

11 February 2023 - Craig Hoy - East Lothian Courier

IN RECENT weeks we have seen the gloss seriously come off the SNP – and the First Minister.

Craig Hoy MSP

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MSP speaks out against Midlothian Sure Start cuts

9 February 2023 - Phil Bowen - Midlothian View

Conservative MSP for South Scotland, Craig Hoy, has supported a petition launched by concerned parents from Midlothian to prevent the possible closure of up to three early learning centres in the county.

Concerned parents with Craig Hoy MSP (centre) and Cheryl Brown from Midlothian Sure Start (centre_left-of-Craig-Hoy).

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Number of delayed rail services criticised by Craig Hoy MSP

31 January 2023 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

ONE in three trains travelling on the North Berwick to Edinburgh service ran late last year.

The number of delayed rail services in East Lothian has been criticised by a South Scotland MSP (Image: Newsquest)

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MSP accuses Health Secretary of 'turning his back' on the Edington

23 January 2023 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

AN MSP has claimed that Health Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP is “turning his back” on North Berwick’s Edington Cottage Hospital.

South Scotland MSP Craig Hoy outside the Edington Hospital.jpg

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Pushing for castles to reopen

14 January 2023 - Craig Hoy - East Lothian Courier

WHILE 2022 was a difficult year for many people, I hope you and your loved ones had a merry Christmas and happy Hogmanay.

Craig Hoy MSP

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North Berwick: Strong opposition to planned parking charges

9 January 2023 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

THE results of a survey conducted by a local MSP to gauge the popularity of proposed new parking restrictions in North Berwick has revealed strong opposition to the planned scheme.

Craig Hoy MSP

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MSP delighted with pupils’ cards

27 December 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

TWO Haddington pupils have defeated hundreds of schoolchildren from across the south of Scotland to win prizes in a Christmas card competition.

Craig Hoy, MSP South Scotland, congratulates Oskar Stefaniak (left) and Kyle Conning

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Lessons learned' after A1 closures and diversions through rural roads

15 December 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian

LESSONS “have been learned” after closures to the A! through East Lothian led to congestion on rural roads.

Road closed sign

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Haddington: Meeting over plans to bring train station back to town

8 December 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

CAMPAIGNERS will meet with Scotland’s transport minister in a bid for a railway station to return to Haddington.

Haddington Railway Station in its heyday. Image: John Gray Centre archives

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Craig Hoy MSP: SNP ministers must focus on the 'real-life issues'

3 December 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

LAST week, Nicola Sturgeon got dangerously close to crossing the line between divisive language and dangerous language.

 Craig Hoy MSP

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Concerns that roadworks could prevent emergency vehicle access

23 November 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

CONCERNS have been raised that emergency vehicles could struggle to reach villages in the Lammermuir Hills when the A1 is closed.Roadworks have been carried out on much of the A1 in East Lothian in recent months (Image: newsquest)

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Musselburgh: South Scotland MSP criticises boundary change plans

21 November 2022 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

South Scotland MSP Craig Hoy has bemoaned proposed new boundary changes that would see the majority of Musselburgh moved out of the East Lothian constituency for General Elections.

A map showing the boundaries of the revised Edinburgh East constituency, including much of Musselburgh. Inset: Craig Hoy MSP (Image: newsquest)

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Have your say on parking charge proposals

19 November 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

EAST Lothian Council has approved holding consultations on the introduction of parking charges.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Craig Hoy MSP opens his constituency office in Haddington

9 November 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

AN MSP elected last year has opened his constituency office in Haddington.

Craig Hoy MSP outside his new office in Haddington

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Border checks would be chaos

5 November 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

EAST Lothian Council has approved holding consultations on the introduction of parking charges.

Craig Hoy MSP
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Keep the Heid Mental Health Cafe praised in Scottish Parliament

5 November 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A CAFE tackling suicide, social isolation and loneliness issues has been highlighted in the Scottish Parliament.

The success of the Keep the Heid Mental Health Cafe, created by Emma Jackson, has been highlighted in the Scottish Parliament

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Belhaven Brewery’s success toasted at Holyrood

5 October 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

THE success of Scotland’s oldest working brewery at an international awards ceremony has been toasted in the Scottish Parliament.

Brewery’s success toasted at Holyrood (Image: newsquest)

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Aberlady Bay sewage discharges are ‘concerning’

27 September 2022 - Craig Bathgate - East Lothian Courier

CONCERNS that sewage is being discharged into Aberlady Bay, causing pollution, have been raised at a meeting.

Sewage discharges from Combined Sewage Overflow into the bay are concerning councillors.

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‘Constructive’ talks held over X5 bus service

25 September 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

TALKS between a county-based MSP and executives at Lothian Buses have been described as “positive and constructive”.

 The X5 service has been withdrawn. Image: Lothian Buses

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South Scotland List MSP pays tribute to the Queen

12 September 2022 - Kevin Quinn - Edinburgh Evening News

Scottish Conservatives South Scotland List MSP Craig Hoy has paid tribute to the Queen following her passing last week.

Staff sit of the roof of Dalkeith Bus Station to catch a glimpse of The Queen during her visit to the county in June, 1961. Photo courtesy Midlothian Council Local Studies.

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Council worker pay offer 'should have come sooner'

5 September 2022 - Dan Barker & Peter A Walker - Insider

An agreement was reached at the end of last week

Opposition parties have said the end to the looming threat of council worker strikes would see Scots breathe a sigh of relief but that a deal should have been reached sooner.

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Haddington residents believe more needs done to reduce speeding, survey suggests

3 September 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

A SURVEY has found that residents believe more needs to be done to reduce speeding amid an increase in traffic in Haddington.

Concerns about speeding in Haddington have been raised

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Craig Hoy MSP Column: Concerns over X5 Bus Service

29 August 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

LAST week, ScotRail announced a temporary timetable due to industrial action by Network Rail members of the RMT union. 

Craig Hoy MSP

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Rise in unplanned pharmacy closures in Midlothian “very dangerous” says MSP

15 August 2022 - Luke Jackson - Midlothian View

Craig Hoy, a Conservative MSP for South Scotland, has raised concerns about the number of unscheduled and avoidable pharmacy closures that are routinely happening in Midlothian.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Local heroes enjoy Holyrood trip to celebrate community efforts

8 August 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

Local heroes who kept beaches clean, set up a community library and served hot meals have been hailed in the Scottish Parliament.

Fiona Reville, Craig Hoy MSP and Julie Smith

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Gill's work is noted in Parliament

8 August 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

THE retirement of a key figure from a group providing access to training and support for people in and around Dunbar has been marked in the Scottish Parliament.

Gill Last (centre) with Craig Hoy MSP (right)

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MSP welcomes cost-of-living support for thousands of Midlothian residents

29 July 2022 - Kevin Quinn - Edinburgh Evening News

Craig Hoy, a Conservative MSP for South Scotland, has strongly welcomed the cost-of-living support payments being delivered by the UK Government.

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Craig Hoy MSP: Not the time for a referendum

2 July 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

ON TUESDAY, I sat in the Scottish Parliament’s Debating Chamber as Nicola Sturgeon laid out her plans to press ahead with another divisive referendum on Scottish independence.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Health Minister's letter on the future of the Edington Hospital Labelled 'Shocking'

30 June 2022 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

A LETTER from Health Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP on the future of North Berwick’s Edington Cottage Hospital has been condemned as “shocking”, amid claims that residents are being “ignored”.

The future of the Edington Cottage Hospital in North Berwick remains unclear

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Falklands veteran from North Berwick shares his views

29 June 2022 - Gregor Millar - East Lothian Courier

AN MSP has visited a county veteran of the Falklands War to mark the 40th anniversary of the conflict.

Craig Hoy MSP and Neil Rankin discussing the Falkland Islands.

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Local MSP champions role of Belhaven brewery in the community

21 June 2022 - Cameron Ritchie - East Lothian Courier

SCOTLAND’S oldest working brewery has been given the thumbs up by an MSP who leads a national committee celebrating the industry.

Craig Hoy, South Scotland MSP, has celebrated the importance of Belhaven Brewery. He is pictured alongside Tim Preston, Brewing Distribution Director for Greene King

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MSP urges groups to apply for new funding

15 June 2022 - Luke Jackson - Midlothian View

Craig Hoy, a Conservative MSP for South Scotland, has urged local community groups to submit bids to the UK Government’s Community Ownership Fund.

Craig Hoy MSP

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Craig Hoy MSP column: Get our trains back on track

5 June 2022 - Craig Hoy MSP - East Lothian Courier

SCOTRAIL has introduced a temporary timetable, resulting in the cancellation of hundreds of rail services throughout the country.

 Craig Hoy MSP

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Midlothian trains cancelled

26 May 2022 - Julie Currie - Edinburgh Evening News

Scotrail has indefinitely cancelled 30 of its rail services from Edinburgh to Newtongrange and Gorebridge.

ScotRail train

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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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Getting to Know You - Craig Hoy

9 May 2022 - Margaret Taylor - Holyrood Magazine

The Conservative MSP for South Scotland speaks to Margaret Taylor about political awakenings, his former jet-set lifestyle and why his career as a smoker was short-lived...

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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