Commenting on the appointment of Humza Yousaf MSP as the Minister for Transport and Islands, Orkney MSP Liam McArthur said:
“I would like to congratulate Humza Yousaf and welcome him to his new post. I would also like to pay tribute to outgoing Islands Minister, Derek Mackay, for his work over the last two years.
“I enjoyed a good personal and professional working relationship with Humza Yousaf. I worked closely with him in his previous role as External Affairs Minister, particularly in developing Scotland's close ties with Malawi. I look forward to continuing that approach over the coming years.
“The priorities for the new Islands Minister are clear. The First Minister, during the election campaign, pledged greater attention for the islands through an Islands Bill while she also made a commitment to cut ferry fares for the Northern Isles. I look forward to working with the new Islands Minister to ensure these commitments are given immediate attention.”