ORKNEY MSP Liam McArthur has been appointed as deputy convener of the Scottish Parliament’s new rural affairs, islands and natural environment committee.
It is the second senior appointment for the Lib Dem politician after being elected as deputy presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament last month.
At its inaugural meeting on Tuesday the committee also appointed Conservative MSP for Galloway and West Dumfries, Finlay Carson, to the role of convener.
McArthur said he was delighted to serve deputy convener of a committee very important to island life.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
The other members of the committee are: Karen Adam, SNP MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast; Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for the Western Isles; Ariane Burgess, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands; Jim Fairlie, SNP MSP for Perthshire South and Kinrossshire; Rachael Hamilton, Conservative MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire; Jenni Minto, SNP MSP for Argyll and Bute; as well as Mercedes Villalba, Labour MSP for North East Scotland.
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