Hundreds quiz the cabinet ministers
The Scottish Cabinet arrived in the region on Monday for its first meeting of 2015 outside Edinburgh.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a 400-strong crowd at a question and answer session in the Easterbrook Hall, in Dumfries, that she was delighted to be in the area.
She added: “I said I would bring my cabinet to Dumfries – and tonight is an example of a politician keeping her promise.”
She was speaking at the event after a busy day for SNP ministers who had visited various sites to explore transport and housing issues in the area.
People packed the hall to take the opportunity to fire questions directly at the cabinet.
Ms Sturgeon told the crowd that the main purpose of the event was to listen to the people. She said: “Ask anything you want; that’s why we’re here.”
And the questions came thick and fast, covering issues from fracking to windfarms, flood defence schemes to rural housing and broadband to health.
Ministers also took time afterwards to meet people who didn’t have time to put their questions to them during the session.
From now on, meetings of the cabinet will regularly be held in towns and cities across the country.
Sturgeon at Dumfries