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22/07/14 00:01

Rural Scotland and independence

Opportunity to quiz Rural Affairs Secretary on Scotland’s Future.

People across rural Scotland will have the chance this summer to ask Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, about the Government’s plans for independence as set out in Scotland’s Future.

From Dingwall to Dumfries, via the Western Isles and the Scottish Borders, Mr Lochhead will host public meetings and take part in question and answer sessions the length and breadth of the country.

The Cabinet Secretary’s final summer tour before the referendum kicks off with a public meeting in South Uist tonight (Tuesday July 22, 2014) where he will set out the Government’s vision for Scotland’s future.

Mr Lochhead said:

"Getting out and visiting rural communities all over Scotland at this time of year is always a highlight in my calendar, whether it be a series of visits, meetings or attending the ever popular agricultural shows up and down the country.

“With less than two months to go until the referendum, this summer promises to be more exciting than ever and it’s crucial that people who live and work in Scotland have the opportunity to discuss the sort of country they want Scotland to be in the future.

“The Scottish Government has already put forward our proposals for Scotland’s Future and demonstrated how the powers of independence can be used to build a wealthier and fairer Scotland and I look forward to getting out there and talking to people about the issues that matter to them.

“Only with independence will Scotland be able to prioritise the needs of our rural industries in the EU and have the powers to address issues at home such as the digital divide and higher delivery prices that disadvantage so many of our rural communities and businesses.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity and the public meetings, discussions and debate I am taking part in this summer are the ideal time for the people of rural Scotland to ask questions and air their views.”

The Cabinet Secretary’s programme includes:

Tuesday July 22, 7.30pm
Scotland’s Future public question and answer session, Talla Chidhe, Lochboisdale, South Uist

Wednesday July 23, 7pm
NFUS independence debate, Dingwall Mart.

Saturday July 26, 12.30pm
Answering questions on independence at the Scottish Government stand at the Border Union Show.

Friday August 1, 7.30pm
Scotland’s Future public question and answer session, Annan Community Centre, Annan

Saturday August 2, 11.30am
Answering questions on independence at the Scottish Government stand at the Dumfries Agricultural Show.

Monday August 4, 12.30pm
Answering questions on independence at the Scottish Government stand at the Turriff Show.

Thursday August 7, 12.30pm
Answering questions on independence at the Scottish Government stand at the Black Isle Show.

Notes to editors

Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland can be downloaded here: www.scotreferendum.com

Attendance at the Scotland’s Future public question and answer sessions are free but spaces are limited, so the Scottish Government have asked that those who wish to attend register at: www.scotreferendum.com/events or by calling 0300 244 2114.

Those interested in attending the NFUS debate in Dingwall should contact NFU Scotland.

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