SLE thanks Fergus Ewing and welcome new Ministerial team

Press Release

Following the Cabinet reshuffle, Scottish Land & Estates paid tribute to the long and dedicated service of Fergus Ewing to rural Scotland. The rural business organisation also expressed their enthusiasm to work with Mairi Gougeon in her role as Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the rest of the First Minister’s team.

Sarah-Jane Laing, Chief Executive of SLE said:

“On behalf of SLE I would like to extend our thanks to Fergus for his years of service to rural Scotland. No one can doubt his commitment to farming, rural business, sustainable rural development and reforestation, and it is right that we recognise his many achievements in post.

“Fergus was an engaged and informed Cabinet Secretary, attuned to the priorities of the rural economy. He was always willing to work with and listen to rural business stakeholders. I personally enjoyed working with him on a range of initiatives and policies, including the women in agriculture taskforce and to deliver vital, business saving support for rural tourism during the pandemic. We wish him well and look forward to working closely with him in his capacity as MSP for Inverness and Nairn.

“We would like to congratulate Mairi Gougeon on her appointment as Rural Affairs Cabinet Secretary. We worked well with Mairi while she was in post as a Minister in Fergus’ team and we look forward to working together on a host of issues including the delivery of a long term integrated land use policy.

“Of course, SLE members have a diverse range of businesses interests, from housing to environmental management. This is why we put people, jobs and nature at heart of our manifesto asks for the next government.

“We congratulate Kate Forbes on her reappointment as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and new Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government Shona Robison. We wish Michael Matheson well as he takes on the vitally important portfolio of Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy & Transport. We look forward to meeting with all of the new Cabinet Secretaries and their Ministers in good time, and working with them to deliver a strong recovery, centred on evidence-based policy, for the benefit of people, jobs and nature in rural Scotland.”