30 March 2017
Commenting on the SNP's U-turn on its plan to scrap the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish Labour Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant said:
"This is a humiliating U-turn by Keith Brown, and caps off a bad week for him after he had to apologise for the secret deal with a Chinese firm and the announcement of a further delay to the opening of the Queensferry Crossing.
"It is welcome that the Nationalists have scrapped their plan to centralise control of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
“The independence of the board should never have been put at risk in the first place.
"Decisions about the Highlands and Islands economy are best taken locally, rather than by ministers sitting behind a desk in Edinburgh.
“We will watch very carefully to ensure that the Strategic Board does not encroach on the responsibilities of the Highlands and Islands board."