McArthur appointed as Deputy Convener of new islands committee


Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has been appointed as Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s new Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee.

Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur, has been appointed as Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s new Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee.

At its inaugural meeting today (Tuesday), the Committee also appointed Conservative MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Finlay Carson, to the role of Convener before going on to briefly discuss issues that might be considered by the Committee over the coming months. 

A further and more detailed discussion of the future work programme will take place when the Committee meets for an informal session during the summer recess.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr McArthur said:

“I am delighted to have been appointed to serve as Deputy Convener of this important committee.

“Obviously there is a strong constituency interest in the issues this Committee will consider, but they have a far wider significance too, as we chart our recovery from the pandemic while also taking action to tackle the climate emergency.

“I intend to play my part in helping the Committee ensure the needs of islanders and our island communities are reflected in future debates over legislation and policy. 

"I’ve already made clear a number of areas, including digital connections and lifeline transport links, where I want to see the Committee focus some of its early attention."


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