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Crofters have been kept waiting years for meaningful reform, a local MSP has said in Holyrood.

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron accused the Scottish Government of repeatedly leaving crofters across the area in limbo.

He pointed out they’d been promised progress in almost every year since 2014, yet nothing had been delivered.

Challenging rural affairs secretary Mairi Gougeon in the Scottish Parliament today (Wednesday September 13) , Mr Cameron asked why the SNP-Green coalition didn’t include a crofting bill in the recent Programme for Government.

In response, Ms Gougeon said her government was “committed to introducing a consultation” in this parliamentary term.

Scottish Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: “The Scottish Government has made repeated pledges on crofting almost every year since 2014 yet, almost a decade on, little has changed.

“Crofting communities across the Highlands and Islands feel they are being ignored by this SNP-Green coalition.

“The failure to include a crofting bill in the recent Programme for Government was yet another example of this Scottish Government’s urban and central belt bias.

“Its inaction generally on agricultural support is astonishing, and the latest snub of Scotland’s crofters is symptomatic of that dismal attitude.”

https://www.scottishparliament.tv/meeting/meeting-of-the-parliament-september-13-2023