David Mundell vows more powers for Scots islands

The Scottish Secretary has pledged more powers to local island communities. Picture: Andrew O'Brien
The Scottish Secretary has pledged more powers to local island communities. Picture: Andrew O'Brien
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THE Scottish Secretary is to confirm a commitment to hand more powers to island communities on a visit to Stornoway.

David Mundell said other parts of the UK could learn from the Our Islands Our Future campaign, set up by the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland councils to secure a better deal for the islands.

During his trip on Thursday, Mr Mundell will meet with the leaders of each of the councils as well as those involved in the campaign.

He will also visit local businesses including Harris Tweed and Hebridean Seaweed.

Mr Mundell said: “You can look at the track record of this Government through the Northern Powerhouse, a devolution deal for Cornwall and our ongoing work with the Borderlands initiative as examples of our commitment to put power in the hands of communities and making sure opportunity and prosperity reaches every part of our country.

“I’m keen for the islands councils to play a full part in the ongoing debate on how the substantial powers in the Scotland Bill are used to directly benefit island communities.

“Over the past few years there has been a process of centralisation from the Scottish Government but I hope through opportunities such as the devolution of management over the Crown Estate, this imbalance can be redressed.”

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