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Conservative Motion on Country Sports

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John Finnie (pictured) comments on Conservative motion on Country Sports.

Responding to a motion lodged in Holyrood by Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser, Scottish Greens’ MSP for the Highlands and Islands and rural economy spokesperson John Finnie said:

“While rural jobs must be protected, lairds in vast estates should not have to beg for government handouts to pay their staff.

“If the Conservatives cared about rural jobs, they would be advised to look at the research that shows grouse moors generate fewer jobs per hectare than almost any other use of their land.

“Emergency funds for businesses should be keeping our vital community small businesses afloat at this difficult time, not provide further handouts for wealthy landowners to maintain their blood sport businesses.”

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