Clydesdale MSP, Aileen Campbell has welcomed the announcement by the Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead that Scotland’s first Rural Parliament will sit in 2014.

Ms Campbell, a strong supporter of rural issues, has called for Clydesdale to be given a key role in the parliament and has written to the Rural Secretary to outline the contribution the area can make.

The parliament, which is based on similar democratic initiatives in Europe, will bring together rural communities and policy makers to give rural Scotland a stronger voice, and the opportunity to look at how policy and practices on key issues can be improved.

Commenting, Aileen Campbell MSP said:

"I’m delighted that Richard Lochhead has announced that Scotland’s first Rural Parliament will take place next year.

"Scotland’s rural communities make such a vital contribution to our country economically, socially and environmentally. The Parliament is recognition of this contribution and will help give our rural communities a stronger voice and better say on the key issues affecting them.

"Rural Clydesdale is full of individuals, organisations and businesses who have so much to offer. I believe the expertise and skills we have in the area can make a significant contribution to the parliament.

" I have written to Mr Lochhead to make the case for Clydesdale and I hope our rural communities will get behind Scotland’s first Rural Parliament."



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