western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, this week represented the Scottish Government at the Convention of the Highlands and Islands, where issues as varied as the closer cooperation between health boards and local authorities, Gaelic education, and the highland tourism industry were discussed.
Alasdair Allan commented: “Representatives from as far afield as Shetland, Argyll and the Western Isles met at Boat of Garten on the 24th October, along with representatives of the Scottish Government - John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Fergus Ewing, Minister for Economy, Energy and Tourism and myself.
“We had a chance to share ideas of common interest, and I hope this was helpful for the Western Isles on a number of fronts.
“One ongoing issue on the agenda was the potential in Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles for the local authority in each area to work much more closely with their local health board.
“I also led a workshop on Gaelic, and it was evident how strong the support is across the whole region for developing the language, particularly in education.
“The whole event was convened by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, John Swinney, which is a mark of how seriously the Scottish Government takes the economic issues facing the Highlands and Islands.”