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The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands yesterday (Thursday September 23) failed to give a firm commitment on when the SNP Government will deliver reforms to crofting law, following a Parliamentary exchange with Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron.

The SNP promised to deliver a new Crofting Bill in the last session of the Scottish Parliament, but failed to do so, and has since been criticised for failing to commit to it in its recent Programme for Government.

The Scottish Crofting Federation recently described the omission of a pledge to deliver a new Crofting Bill as ‘a disregard for the crofting system at a time that this type of land tenure is needed most’ and it went on to describe the SNP/Green Government’s view of crofting as ‘jaundiced’.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron pressed the Cabinet Secretary for a firm commitment on crofting law reform, and for a timeline.

Donald Cameron MSP said:“Crofting communities have long been crying out for a simplified legal framework for crofting that works for crofters rather than for lawyers.

“The SNP promised change back in 2016, but has used every excuse in the book for failing to deliver real and meaningful reform.

“I will continue to press the SNP/Green Government on this issue, so that crofting communities are properly listened to”.