First Minister brings Scots cabinet to Arran

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Sub-heading: Local residents invited to join the discussion

By Hugh Boag

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her cabinet will meet on Arran on Monday August 27 to celebrate the contribution rural and island communities make to the Scottish economy.

Cabinet secretaries will take part in a full programme of events on the island visiting organisations, community groups and businesses in the morning before the cabinet meets. There will follow a discussion at Arran High School, led by the First Minister, with pupils and member of the public.

The event is the latest in a series of more than 46 Cabinet meetings in towns and cities across Scotland, including Aberdeen, Alloa, Cupar, Dumfries, Cumnock, Inverness, Oban and Ullapool and is the first island cabinet since the passage of the Scottish government’s Islands Act.

That, and the fact that there is strong Nationalist support on the island, is thought to be the reason Arran was chosen as the latest venue for the travelling cabinet meeting.

Ms Sturgeon said: ‘This is an opportunity for me and my cabinet to meet local residents, community groups and businesses on the Isle of Arran as we mark the Year of Young People.

‘I would encourage everyone in the local community to attend our discussion at Arran High School and share your views on the key issues that matter to you.

‘The Year of Young People 2018 is a global first and I look forward to meeting young people from the high school to hear about their achievements, talents and the issues that really matter to them.

‘Of course people of all ages are welcome to attend the public meeting – this government is open and transparent and will take on board the thoughts and concerns of everyone living and working on Arran.’

Arran MSP Kenneth Gibson added: ‘I am delighted that the Scottish cabinet is coming to Arran and will publicly engage on any and all issues brought to it by islanders.’

The public discussion will run from 2pm to 3.30pm at the high school. Entry to the public discussion is free, but seats are limited and must be booked in advance on https://arrancabinet.eventbrite.co.uk. If you have any questions about booking a place, please call 0300 244 2138.