Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron held a meeting with crofters at the Lochmaddy Hotel in North Uist yesterday.
The aim of the meeting was to give crofters from across the Western Isles the opportunity to meet with Donald and put their issues and concerns to him directly.
Prior to entering Parliament, Donald was an advocate who specialised in crofting and agricultural law and currently sits on the Cross Party Group on Crofting.
He was also tasked by party leader Ruth Davidson to lead on policy development for the Scottish Conservatives ahead of the next Scottish Parliamentary elections and is keen to ensure the voices of the crofting community are heard.
Speaking after the meeting, Donald Cameron MSP said:
“I was delighted to meet with local crofters and hear about the challenges they face, in particular ongoing issues relating to farm subsidies; geese damage to grazing; and points being raised about Lyme disease.
For too long crofting has not been at the forefront of rural and agricultural policymaking and I remain concerned that current crofting law is designed to suit lawyers and not crofters.
I intend to hold more meetings like this across the Western Isles and the wider Highlands and Islands region.
Crofting is a vital component of our agricultural economy and I will continue to play my part in promoting it at Holyrood.”