Ron­nie Camp­bell

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

I de­cided to put my name for­ward as a Croft­ing Com­mis­sioner for his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural rea­sons.

My great- grand­fa­ther Andrew Mack­in­tosh did the deal to take Acavadie Farm in Glen Roy back into croft­ing on the death of John Cameron the Cor­ri­choile in 1856.

I met well-mean­ing croft­ing peo­ple on be­half of crofters through­out the re­gion when I was a mem­ber of the Sin­gle Crofters’ Union – for ex­am­ple, Jim Hunter, James Shaw Grant and Win­nie Ewing.

Now that Win­nie’s son has a po­si­tion rep­re­sent­ing crofters on the gov­ern­ment, there is hope for the sec­tor once again.

I stood on a croft­ing ticket at the Scot­tish elec­tions. As Ron­nie the Crofter, I wanted to work in­side the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment as an in­de­pen­dent fight­ing against the SNP.

I re­ceived 1,114 votes, prov­ing that peo­ple see croft­ing and its con­tin­u­ance as a vi­tal part of our cul­tural life.

I work in croft­ing ar­bi­tra­tion and have a good un­der­stand­ing of the law. I have sup­ported many crofters over the years.

Croft­ing is very, very im­por­tant and it is the lifeblood of the na­tive High­lands.

With good plan­ning and man­age­ment through the Croft­ing Com­mis­sion, it can and will sur­vive.

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