Election brings new political dynamic

07-05-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. The Kelpies. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined by the SNP's newly elected members of the Scottish Parliament after securing the party's historic third consecutive election victory.

07-05-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. FALKIRK. The Kelpies. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon joined by the SNP's newly elected members of the Scottish Parliament after securing the party's historic third consecutive election victory.

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Voting in the Scottish Parliamentary elections has brought a new dynamic to Scottish politics for the five years ahead.

The vote saw SNP secure 63 seats; Scottish Conservatives 31 seats; Scottish Labour 24 seats; Scottish Green Party 6 seats and Scottish LibDems 5 seats. The vote left SNP just short of an overall majority.

NFU Scotland President Allan Bowie said: “This Scottish Parliamentary election has fallen at an unprecedented time for Scottish farming. The sustained downturn in farm incomes across all sectors and the failures encountered when implementing a new agricultural support system means that farmers and crofters are justifiably asking how the Scottish Government plans to address our pressing issues.

“These were the key themes at NFU Scotland’s hustings roadshows held in recent weeks and attended by hundreds of members across the country.

“With agriculture, rural affairs, land reform, environment and food policy being devolved to the Scottish Parliament, there are key decisions to be taken by this new crop of MSPs which will be extremely significant for NFU Scotland members over the next five-year term.

“NFU Scotland has enjoyed strong and positive links with parliamentarians of all colours since the Scottish Parliament was established, and we look forward to continuing this engagement in the new parliamentary term. We congratulate all new and returning MSPs on their election and will shortly extend invitations to them to meet with NFUS members across the country – either on farms throughout the summer or at upcoming agricultural shows, including the Highland. We pass on our very best wishes for the future to those MSPs and candidates who are not returning to the Scottish Parliament.”