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    According to the BBC Danny Alexander is the new Scottish Secretary. He said on his website prior to the election:

    4-May-2010

    Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey Lib Dem parliamentary candidate Danny Alexander has called for VAT to be refunded to mountain rescue teams across the UK as the General Election campaign enters its final 72 hours.

    There has been a longstanding battle over the substantial sums which the Government takes in VAT from mountain rescue teams. While some specialist life-saving equipment and medical supplies are VAT exempt, most other costs incurred by teams incur the tax.

    The Lib Dem manifesto, authored by Mr Alexander, is the only one to contain a pledge to give back the VAT receipt to support the work which local rescue teams do.

    Commenting, Mr Alexander said:

    "It isn't possible to put a price on the work mountain rescue teams do in the Cairngorms and all over the Highlands – not to mention the whole UK. The expertise and local knowledge which is given freely by volunteers could not be replaced.

    "Everyone who enjoys our outdoors owes them a debt – and severe winter conditions like we have seen this year bring their skills into use in an even wider range of circumstances, working closely with the police.

    "It has never been right that a vital service which relies on donations from the public and extraordinary commitment from volunteers gets hit by the Government for a sizeable tax payment.

    "The Government has resisted calls for VAT exemption, arguing that it would not be allowed by European law, but it is absolutely clear that VAT paid could be refunded. The cost to the exchequer is small, but the difference is enormously significant for mountain rescue teams.

    "Whatever the result on Thursday, I hope this is a policy which will be put into action."

    Will he be able to deliver? I hope so.

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    I love the fact scottish MP's look like the area's they represent!

    Charles Kennedy is MP for theFort William area, both wellrun down and pissed!

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    No he ain't, he's MP for a lot further north than Fort William!

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    Danny Alexander is my MP. He will be reminded by me and others about VAT on mountain rescue teams.

    Charles Kennedy's constituency is the largest there is. It does cover Fort William but also Skye and north to Strathcarron.

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    Just a joke. lochaber is kennedys constituency, he isn't has beautiful as the cullin.

    Not just VAT on mountain rescue, Privatisation of the helicopter rescue etc.. health care issue's in the Highlands (so put that dram down Charley!)

    i love scotland no tories.

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    I love England massive tory majority!

    And as you have such nice hills I don't even mind subsidising you

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    I love Wales, no Chris Tack(2).

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    huh....Last time I drink any Welsh beer......on no wait that's cutting off my nose....errr....I'll get back to you

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