Named Person Article for the Press and Jurnal

By Ross Thomson, North East Region MSP and Scottish Conservative spokesman for Further Education, Higher Education and Science.


I have no doubt that the Named Person element of the Children and Young People (Scotland) 2014 Act was designed with the best of intentions.


Named Person Comment

Ross Thomson MSP said: "It is clear that the are major issues nationally with the Named Person legislation. The public has lost confidence in this policy, while health visitors who will be at the front line have voiced serious concerns about the increase in workload.

Comment on Scots replacing English in the Classroom

Scottish Conservative schools spokesman Ross Thomson said:

“This week, we learned that yet again the numeracy levels among Scotland’s children are continuing to drop.

That’s a year after literacy rates were found to be equally poor.

MSP calls for urgent talks on council funding

A Scottish Conservative MSP has called for urgent talks between council leaders and Scotland’s new Finance Secretary to address the chronic under-funding of North East local authorities.


Aberdeen Trauma Centre Comment

Ross Thomson MSP said: "While the belated announcement from the First Minister during the election campaign to confirm a Major Trauma Centre for Aberdeen was welcome, the North East public will rightly be looking for action to back up that commitment.

Education Secretary Must Address Crisis in North of Scotland

A Scottish Conservative MSP has urged the new Education Secretary to tackle a schools crisis in the North of Scotland - following a "concerning lack of progress" in the eight months since his predecessor attended a major summit.

Ross Welcomes "Legal High" Legislation

The Scottish Conservatives have welcomed new legislation to tackle the scourge of legal highs as a positive move that could spell the end for 'head shops'.