New role

Duguid moves from Scotland Office to fisheries


David Duguid: new role

Scottish MP David Duguid has been moved from his position as a junior minister in the Scotland Office to become fisheries envoy for the Prime Minister.

The Banff and Buchan MP, who ended 30 years of SNP representation when he won the seat for the Tories in 2017, said it was an “honour” to serve the UK Government for the past 15 months.

“As the MP for a constituency with significant fisheries, agriculture and energy interests, I was particularly glad to provide insight into these key industries.

“I’m very proud of what I’ve been able to help achieve in that post, including the outcomes of the Scottish Seafood Exports Task Force and my influence on the North Sea Transition Deal worth £16 billion to our energy transition to net zero.

“The Prime Minister has asked me to take on a new role as his fisheries envoy which I have accepted and look forward to embracing fully.”

Mr Duguid recently criticised the oil and gas policy of the SNP-Green alliance in the Scottish Government, saying it was necessary to continue investing in the North Sea. His replacement has not been announced.

In other moves, David Rutley has taken up a position as junior minister at the Department for Work and Pensions.

New Indyref2 campaign 

Believe in Scotland is this weekend kickstarting the grass roots campaign for Scottish independence, leading up to indyref2 with a national Day of Action for independence on Saturday (18 September).

The day will see a huge range of events held by 110 Yes groups all over the country to signal the start of the organisation’s Autumn for Indy action.

Throughout the day activists will distribute up to 500,000 leaflets, 50,000 Open Minds newspapers and have also been supplied with more than 100,000 badges, car stickers, mugs, postcards and copies of Scotland the Brief books. 

That massive effort involves 11 distribution hubs, 14 volunteer drivers and 8 volunteer packers, as well as the members of the 110 participating Yes groups themselves.

It follows hard on the heels of confirmation by the Scottish government that, following the co-operation agreement by the SNP and the Scottish Greens, an independence referendum will be held before the end of 2023.

Believe in Scotland’s key message throughout the day is that an independent Scotland’s economy will thrive.

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