• First Minister John Swinney was due to kick off his general election campaign tour in Shetland, but, as anticipated, fog at Sumburgh had the last say, something that not even a first minister in full election campaign mode is able to change. Mr Swinny was due to visit Lerwick Harbour and COPE and to attend a campaign event in Lerwick alongside the SNP candidate for Orkney and Shetland, Robert Leslie, but those had to be cancelled.

  • The member of the Scottish parliament for the Highlands and Islands, Emma Roddick, has highlighted the need for local children and families, with clear and identifiable needs and who are awaiting neurodevelopmental assessment, to get the right support and to receive reasonable adjustments in schools.

  • There is good news for small radio broadcasters after the Media Bill was rushed through the House of Lords and the House of commons in the “wash-up” of outstanding legislation, although the regulator Ofcom will not enable the legislation until next year.

  • For the quarter from July to September, electricity bills will fall by about 7 per cent, but they will rise again for the six months from October to March.

  • Beatrice Wishart has welcomed a report by the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Poverty highlighting the findings of an inquiry into poverty in rural and island areas in Scotland.

  • Ariane Burgess, member of the Scottish parliament for the Highlands & Islands, has called on the Scottish government to confirm its commitment to delivering fair and affordable ferry fares for islanders and young people as part of a just transition to net zero.

  • Five Dutch minehunters will be at Holmsgarth Five today, the Willemstad, the Zierikzee, the Merkuur, the Makkum and the Bellis.

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