Rural affairs MSPs in Bute visit

RELATIONSHIPS between tenant farmers and their landlords were at the top of the agenda as members of the Scottish Parliament’s rural affairs, climate change and environment committee paid a fact-finding visit to Bute this week.

Committee chair Rob Gibson (SNP, Highlands and Islands) was accompanied by colleagues Dennis Robertson (SNP, Aberdeenshire West) and Margaret McDougall (Labour, West Scotland) on the visit – one of three research trips being undertaken by members of the committee across the country this week, each looking into a different agricultural subject.

The committee members met representatives of the Mount Stuart Trust, the island’s main landowner, on Monday, and a meeting took place that evening to which the island’s tenant farmers were invited.

Speaking before a tour of the island with local NFU branch chair John Dickson on Tuesday morning, Mr Gibson told The Buteman: “We’ve been getting a view from both sides of the picture – we had a useful exchange of views on Monday night about a lot of things, and we’ve got a very detailed picture of the issues that are at stake.

“We feel it’s very important that the committee should be getting out and about and seeing what is happening around the country.”