Shetland Ferry Service (Capacity)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 5th September 2019.

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Photo of Beatrice Wishart Beatrice Wishart Liberal Democrat

Presiding Officer, it is good to be here. During the by-election, the First Minister experienced first-hand the struggles that people in Shetland have with capacity for freight, cabins and cars on our lifeline ferry service to Aberdeen. What are her priorities for action?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

As I did on Tuesday, I congratulate Beatrice Wishart on her election success and I welcome her to the Scottish Parliament. I wish her well in representing the good people of Shetland.

I will also take this opportunity to congratulate my party’s candidate in the by-election, Tom Wills, for an outstanding result in increasing the Scottish National Party share of the vote. He and indeed other candidates in the by-election made some sensible proposals about how we can continue the work of this Government to improve ferry services, in particular, to the northern isles.

I look forward to having discussions with

Beatrice Wishart and her colleagues as we get towards the budget and perhaps I can also look forward to the support of Beatrice Wishart for the budget when we continue to deliver for the people of Shetland on all these matters.