Media Release: Key themes for Rural Parliament announced

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THE key themes for the Scottish Rural Parliament 2016, to be held in Angus from 6th-8th October, have been announced today.

The themes, which reflect the issues tackled in their Manifesto for Rural Scotland, published last week, include broadband and mobile phone signal, health and social care, young people, transport and democracy.

The themes will be explored in detail at the Scottish Rural Parliament which is to be held at Brechin Community Campus.

Confirmed speakers include Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity Fergus Ewing, Lesley Riddoch, Callum Kerr MP, and representatives of Transport Scotland and Digital Scotland.

It is anticipated that over 400 people will gather in Brechin for the three-day event which will develop and agree an action plan for rural Scotland as well as celebrating the strengths and achievements of rural communities.

The event is open to the public and free for most people to attend.

The programme includes visits to local projects, workshops, exhibition and celebratory activities.

Chair of Scottish Rural Action, Amanda Burgauer, said: “The key themes for the event reflect the issues of greatest importance to rural communities, identified following extensive engagement with communities all across rural Scotland.

“At the Rural Parliament, we will be exploring these in more detail but also examining other issues, such as the possible impact of leaving the EU on our rural communities.”


Notes to editor:

Photo – The Caledonian railway in Brechin, one of the visits during the event.

About Scottish Rural Action

Scottish Rural Action is a company formed with the dual purpose of developing and organising Scotland’s Rural Parliament and supporting the development of a rural movement. It is an apolitical organisation managed by eight volunteer directors from across rural Scotland.

The objects of Scottish Rural Action are:

  • To encourage and actively support the development of an inclusive and sustainable Scottish rural movement that is rooted in Scotland’s rural communities and empowers and connects them.
  • To support the organisation of a Scottish Rural Parliament that meets with the purpose of giving a stronger, more coherent voice to Scotland’s rural communities and enabling them to engage more effectively with government at all levels.
  • To support and promote the development of a Scottish rural movement and Parliament.

For more information contact national co-ordinator, Emma Cooper, on 07896 216236 or see

About Brechin, Angus

Brechin lies Angus, on the east coast of Scotland. The population is approximately 7,000. The new community campus opened in February 2016 and includes a swimming pool, gym, café, theatre and other facilities for local community use integrated with the school facilities.

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