Crofting forum to be held in Stornoway

Jamie McGrigor will hold the forum tomorrow (Monday).

Jamie McGrigor will hold the forum tomorrow (Monday).

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Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands Jamie McGrigor will visit the Outer Hebrides on Monday, September 8th, when he visits Stornoway.

Mr McGrigor, who is currently the Convener on the Cross-party group on Crofting in the Parliament will hold a public meeting in the County Hotel at 7.30 in the evening.

The meeting is being held as a ‘Crofting forum’.

It will be open for anyone to attend, and is an opportunity for individuals to meet with Mr McGrigor to discuss contentious issues facing crofting today and any other related matters.

Throughout the day Mr McGrigor will also be visiting various businesses and groups before the forum is held.

Mr McGrigor will be meeting with representatives from the Horshader Trust in Shawbost, who will be briefing him on the history of their development and who will be showing him around their various projects.

In the afternoon he will be visiting Stag bakeries who are celebrating recent success in winning several gold stars at this year’s great taste awards.

The main topic of the forum’s discussion will likely be CAP reform and its effects on crofters here in the Western Isles. A spokesman for Mr McGrigor said the MSP is the best qualified parliamentarian at Holyrood when is comes to crofting matters, being a hill sheep farmer himself as well as being convener of the all party group on crofting.

C rofting has become a vocalised issue in the lead up to the referendum debate.

The crofting cross-party group within the Scottish Parliament has been established to discuss issues pertinent to crofting in order to raise awareness with those with an interest in crofting.