Local MSP chairs Island Federation Meeting at Holyrood

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Western Isles SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has chaired what he hopes will be the first in a series between island residents and MSPs at Holyrood.

Welcoming representatives of the Scottish Islands Federation Dr Allan said that the group had the potential to act as a useful reminder to parliament of the distinctive needs Scotland’s islands have.

Alasdair Allan commented: “It was good to meet a group of people who travelled from different corners of Scotland’s island communities to be in the Scottish Parliament this week.

“Between us around the table there were visitors from Eigg, Luing, Cumbrae and Arran. Once MSPs were added into the mix we had constituency MSPs present from the Western Isles, the Argyll Islands and Skye, plus list MSPs representing all of Scotland’s islands.

“Issues raised at this initial meeting were as varied as crofting transport and economic development and we agreed that the Federation should now come forward with a list of specific issues on which it can make representations on an on-going basis.

“Rarely is it possible to get such a diverse group of islanders together in Holyrood, and I believe that this group has a valuable role to play in future.”