"Politics is all about people. As a Central Scotland MSP it is both a pleasure and a privilege to meet and become involved with a hugely diverse number of people and organisations"

Margaret Mitchell
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Archive for January 2016

Which? Calls Time on Nuisance Calls

Jan. 29th 2016

As Which? research finds Scots want to see further action to tackle nuisance calls, Margaret  attended a cross-party Parliamentary event in the Scottish Parliament on 28th January to raise awareness of this modern day menace. 

New Which? research as part of the Calling Time on Nuisance Calls campaign has found that nearly nine in 10 (85%) want the Scottish Government to crackdown on nuisance calls and a similar number (87%) want the Westminster Government to take action.

The research in Scotland also found nine in 10 (90%) people want to see the director of a company held personally accountable and fined if the firm makes calls without the necessary permission.

Which? Calling Time on Nuisance Calls Campaign 16

?With a clear mandate for action from the Scottish public, Margaret is backing the Which? campaign asking the Scottish Government to take ?t?h?e lead and set out plans to tackle nuisance calls.  If constituents are affected by nuisance calls or texts, they can pledge their support for the Which? Calling Time campaign.

Constituents can also report nuisance calls using Which?’s online tool and can register their mobiles to the Telephone Preference Service by texting REGISTER to 80057.


Posted by Felicity | in Issues and events, Latest news, Parliament

Campaign to Tackle Disruptive Passengers on Planes

Jan. 29th 2016

Motion S4M-15502: Campaign to Tackle Disruptive Passengers on Planes

That the Parliament welcomes Jet2’s campaign, Onboard Together, which adopts a zero tolerance approach to passengers who disrupt flights due to their abusive behaviour; understands that, between January and November 2015 there were 136 disruptive incidents recorded on flights from Scottish airports, 113 of which took place on flights from Glasgow Airport, and that police or security were required to attend 26 incidents in Scottish airports; further understands that, in almost all of these incidents, alcohol or illegal drugs played a role in the disruptive behaviour; understands that a zero tolerance approach from airlines can include lifetime bans for disruptive passengers as well as fines and, in some cases, criminal prosecution with a custodial sentence; notes that Jet2 prevented almost 500 passengers from boarding flights in 2015 and is calling for mandatory tamper-proof duty-free bags in airports across the UK to prevent passengers from irresponsible drinking onboard; further notes the steps taken by the industry to lead a campaign to educate passengers, and welcomes this initiative to tackle disruptive behaviour to ensure that flights remain incident free and enjoyable for passengers and crew.

Posted by Felicity | in Latest news, Motions, Parliament

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