Shetland's MSP takes seat on Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Shetland's MSP, Beatrice Wishart, has been confirmed as the Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament's Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee (RAINE).

Ms Wishart will replace Orkney's MSP, Liam McArthur, on the RAINE committee following a reshuffle within the Scottish Liberal Democrats' parliamentary group at Holyrood.

Ms Wishart also takes on the portfolio responsibilities for Rural Affairs and Connectivity, while Mr McArthur retains Justice with additional responsibility for the Climate Emergency.

Former leader Willie Rennie has taken the place of Ms Wishart on the Education committee. Mr Rennie has become the spokesperson for Education for the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

Ms Wishart said:

“I am delighted to continue to speak up for rural affairs and the islands and join colleagues in tackling the issues on the RAINE committee.

“There will be many challenges and opportunities facing the RAINE committee as we strive for our tough net zero environmental targets and develop new policies outside of the European Union framework.

“Island communities face unique challenges and the Scottish Government cannot continue to treat us as an afterthought.”

Mr McArthur added:

"With my responsibilities as Deputy Presiding Officer set to increase and a members bill in the offing, the next few years are going to be very busy.

“However, my priority as Orkney's MSP will always be to highlight the needs of islanders and our island communities. In parliament’s scrutiny of legislation and government policy, I am determined to ensure that the islands dimension is understood and taken into account.

"Meantime, I'm delighted that my colleague, Beatrice Wishart, is set to join the RAINE committee. I have no doubt at all that she will be a strong voice and effective advocate for island interests.”


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