New MSP Emma Roddick (pictured), who won a Highlands & Islands list seat for the SNP last month, arrives in Kirkwall on Friday to consult council leaders and local residents about the community’s welfare during recovery from the pandemic.
She will be holding a virtual surgery shortly after she returns from her official visit.
Scotland’s youngest MSP will meet with Orkney Islands Council leadership on Friday afternoon.
In addition to discussions with the council, Ms Roddick is scheduled to meet with Orkney Rape and Sexual Assault Service and mental health charity Orkney Blide Trust.
She will also be viewing properties under construction with Orkney Housing Association.
On Saturday, 26-June, Ms Roddick will be participating in Orkney Pride including a virtual, COVID-safe virtual Pride March, an outdoor exercise class at the Pickaquoy Centre, and visiting stalls at the Pride Tent on Broad Street.
Ms Roddick said:
“People in island communities have suffered badly from unavoidable Covid restrictions.
“Now that we’re moving into recovery, it’s vital that MSPs stay in touch with what’s happening on the ground, so we can advise the Scottish Government on what’s needed here.
“People should be able to afford to stay where they have grown up, especially in the Highlands and Islands.
“It’s absolutely central to the concern about depopulation in the region.”
On participating in Orkney Pride:
“I’m thrilled to be participating in Orkney Pride.”
She added that she is “especially looking forward to seeing the various window displays showcased by local businesses.”