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News archive 2008

December, 2008

Energy prices must fall further this winter

Government and Tories must apologise for Iraq

Think again on airport sale

Plight of carers can no longer be ignored

Barrett blasts Brown over leaks

November, 2008

Expensive 087 phone charges must end

Barrett calls for ambition to deliver high speed rail

Barrett’s website - the best in Scotland

Barrett calls for urgent review of mortgage support to avoid surge in home repossessions

Website in the running for top award

Rights of persons with disabilities must be upheld

UK must help Congo

Scottish companies missing out on Olympics cash

Barrett demands Guantanamo Bay closure

New round of Post Office closures on the cards as Government scraps card account

Airport U-turn shows Government ‘scared’ of public verdict on ID cards

October, 2008

Barrett urges constituents to wear it pink

Barrett welcomes ‘second environmental U-turn in as many weeks’

Barrett calls for ‘fair deal’ for pensioners

People right to be angry about Post Office closure outcome

Carbon exemption for aviation and shipping will undermine climate change fight

Barrett slams Ofcom proposals that threaten vital life saving services

Barrett issues fuel poverty warning - 80% of single pensioners will suffer

Barrett calls for a fair deal for blind people to be included in Queen’s Speech

Handwashing could save one million lives a year

Jobs must be protected during the current financial turmoil

Barrett issues warning over identity fraud

Barrett calls for Government action to help pensioners hit by inflation pinch

Barrett seeks Treasury assurances for Edinburgh victims of Equitable Life

We must stand together on the economy

Unacceptable that poorest customers pay more for electricity

Barrett demands action after fuel poverty rise

September, 2008

Barrett calls on Government to honour Gurkhas after landmark ruling

Barrett calls for noise reductions at Edinburgh Airport

Barrett backs campaign to help deaf children achieve their potential

New ID card design will not sell scheme to the public

Government windfall at expense of pensioners

August, 2008

Benefit changes penalise vulnerable pensioners

Barrett calls for knighthood for Olympic hero Hoy

Barrett pays tribute to John MacDougall

July, 2008

Fuel Price Crisis

Barrett calls time on ‘systematic indifference’ of NHS towards people with learning difficulties

Barrett calls for £9bn to tackle fuel poverty

Scotland risks losing out on Olympic gold

Cheque payments for pensions and benefits must continue

Barrett demands tax credit reform as losses approach £14bn

Barrett slams successive governments for ‘decimating’ Edinburgh post offices

Barrett calls for action over spiralling personal debt

Nicol ‘first rate leader’ - Barrett

Lessons of Piper Alpha must not be forgotten

June, 2008

Barrett launches moves in Parliament to honour Armed Forces ahead of Veterans Day 2008

Rising cost of living will hit those with disabilities

Barrett highlights ‘critical troop overstretch’

Barrett calls for immediate restoration of earnings link to pensions

Barrett urges calm and co-operation following casino shooting

May, 2008

Barrett welcomes Dalai Lama to Westminster

Barrett backs Burma cyclone appeal

Barrett backs Bill for better autism support

No more excuses on cluster bomb ban

One million still losing out despite Darling’s by-election Budget

Barrett calls on international community to deliver Burma aid

Nuclear power would ‘hi-jack renewables’

April, 2008

Promise of jam tomorrow is not enough

Barrett backs Edinburgh Mobility Roadshow

Barrett calls for urgent debate on missile shield

Barrett slams Government over SFO ruling

Thousands of Edinburgh residents hit by tax grab

Part-time services no consolation for loss of local Post Offices

Extension of detention without trial remains unacceptable

March, 2008

Barrett backs ‘giveme5’ campaign at Downing Street

Barrett demands Iraq inquiry on five year anniversary

Independent living strategy needs legislative backbone

February, 2008

Break the link between disability and child poverty’ urges Barrett

Barrett demands fresh assurances over Observatory jobs

Barrett backs increase in miners ‘black lung’ compensation

Salmond should resign, but from Westminster

Barrett demands debate on Observatory funding fiasco

Government must not give up fight on fuel poverty

January, 2008

Disability ruling highlights unnoticed discrimination

Save our phone boxes says Barrett

Barrett slams Ministers over lost data

Barrett welcomes Land Girl & Lumber Jills’ recognition

Barrett meets with disabilities coalition

Barrett launches bid to improve welfare standards for chicken farming

Barrett calls for special needs pack national roll-out

Edinburgh residents face winter fuel payment wipe out

Barrett calls on Salmond to confirm Scottish disabled children ‘will not be left behind’

Barrett calls for reduction in bank charges

What a waste

Barrett promoted to disablities spokesperson for Lib Dems

Nuclear decision risks ‘undermining renewables’

Barrett slams Government spin over nuclear consultation

Barrett urges Edinburgh to make a green New Year’s resolution

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