At First Minister’s Question Time in the Scottish Parliament today Tavish Scott MSP questioned the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, over what could possibly be dubbed Broragate.
Tavish Scott asked:-
Is the First Minister aware of the turmoil in the Crofting Commission caused by the intolerable behaviour of the current convener?
Does she know that other commissioners have asked for his resignation and that the previous Chief Executive, Catriona Maclean, left because of the convener’s behaviour and the pressure that is being placed on commission staff?
In those circumstances will she and her rural secretary now take action to make the commission work for crofters across the crofting counties without the disruptive presence of the convener?
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon answered:-
Well Tavish Scott raises a very important issue.
The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy has already welcomed the apology from the board of the Crofting Commission but it is disappointing that the convener was not a party to that apology.
It is important that we get to the stage of being able to draw a line under recent events.
The resources spent on dealing with these issues by the commission would in my view be far better used in being an effective regulator in contributing to a sustainable future for crofting.
I note that crofting commissioners have unanimously called on the convener to resign.
The Scottish Government have requested further information from the convener in relation to last week’s events.
While the Government would not ordinarily intervene in the internal operations of an independent statutory body the legislation does give Scottish Ministers power to act if required, and I can assure Tavish Scott that the Cabinet Secretary continues to monitor the situation very closely and would be very happy to discuss it further with Tavish Scott.
You can watch this exchange between Tavish Scott and the First Minister on YouTube at about 24:42 in:-