Comment on defeat of SNP plan for HIE in Holyrood vote

19 January 2017

Commenting after the SNP's plan to scrap the Highlands and Islands Enterprise board was defeated in Parliament, Scottish Labour rural affairs and connectivity spokeswoman Rhoda Grant said: 

"The SNP's plan to scrap the Highlands and Islands Enterprise board has been rejected by Parliament. Nationalist ministers must now respect the will of Parliament and scrap this plan.

"Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been hugely successfully in stabilising and growing the economy of the Highlands and Islands, and reversing the depopulation of the area.

“The SNP’s only aim with this proposal is to continue with its relentless march towards centralisation and control. The SNP has already centralised the police and fire and rescue service, leading to a poorer service. 

“This government is obsessed with moving power and services south, and repeatedly shows its contempt for the people of the Highlands and Islands.

“I call upon all Highlanders and Islanders to say enough is enough and speak out against this wrong-headed plan.”