Andy urges Scot Gov to respond quickly to Court of Session ruling on tenant farmers

Andy Wightman MSP, Land Reform spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, today (22 March) urged the Scottish Government to respond quickly to a Court of Session ruling on tenant farmers.

In November, Mr Wightman challenged Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing to introduce emergency legislation to prevent tenant farmers losing their businesses and homes.

Yesterday the Court of Session ruled that tenant farmers who face eviction because of flawed legislation are entitled to Government compensation.

Andy said:

"Mediation and compensation promised by the Scottish Government has not been forthcoming and this court ruling will increase the pressure on ministers to act. It also shows I was right to press ministers to bring forward emergency legislation.

"Tenant farmers and their families are facing eviction through no fault of their own. Businesses and livelihoods are about to be lost. 

"Ministers must respond quickly, and we must see mediation to enable farmers and landlords to reach settlements."


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