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i am writing to set the record straight about a decision relating to the Cairngorm Park Local Development Plan and a proposed development by Tulloch Homes.

In my role as constituency MSP, I pursued an earlier procedural issue on behalf of the developers, who are based in my constituency.

I often do so, both for developers and for those objecting to a development. I should make it clear that I have no ministerial responsibility for such decisions.

You published (27 February) a letter from a Mr Roy Turnbull of Nethybridge suggesting that there is a connection between Mr Angus Tulloch, a former donor to the Scottish National Party, and Tulloch Homes, and that this somehow influenced Scottish ministers decision making in this case.

Tulloch Homes has written to me to confirm that Tulloch Homes, a business founded in 1925, has never had any connection with a Mr Angus Tulloch; has never made a donation to the SNP; and has never been asked to make such a donation by me or anyone else from the Scottish Government.

The suggestion to that effect printed in your letters page is completely without foundation. Mr Angus Tulloch has also written to me similarly confirming that he has never had any connection with Tulloch Homes.

I am copying this letter to Alex Neil MSP, as Cabinet secretary with responsibility for planning decisions, and to Andrew Kirk, chair of the Carrbridge Community Council.

Fergus Ewing MSP

Inverness and Nairn