South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Colin Smyth has welcomed the news that the Scottish Rural Parliament will be hosted in Stranraer next year from 14-16 November.

The biannual event will bring 400 delegates to the region and Colin Smyth believes it will give local people the opportunity to highlight the issues facing the region, in particular Wigtownshire.

Colin Smyth said, “Too often when people talk about rural Scotland they look north and the south of Scotland is forgotten. This will be the first time the Rural Parliament will have met in the south and the decision to come to Stranraer will be a good opportunity to highlight the area to delegates from out with the region and discuss the huge challenges we face. Well done to the local liaison group who put forward the successful bid to bring the event in Stranraer

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