Crofting Commission: Colin Kennedy

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I am standing for election as the job I started in 2012 is not yet complete.

Crofters will not be unaware of the whispering campaign against me and the pressure placed upon me to step down. It was clear to me that the Scottish Government and its minister could not handle the truth I was speaking and wanted to get rid of me.

But the truth is my passion for crofting and our way of life is bigger than the small-minded pettiness of others. Crofting is our right.

I do not believe all crofters have received fair treatment, despite all that has been said and done over the past five years. Crofters deserve a representative who will go the extra mile to ensure justice is delivered. It is my paramount desire to ensure every crofter is treated equally and fairly.

I have seen many things that disappoint me in the treatment of crofters, from different rules in geographical areas and a lack of equity across the country. I want the service delivered by the Crofting Commission to put the crofter first and not any other body.

I take it very seriously when the lives of crofters are put on hold while their regulatory applications make slow progress through the commission offices. I would be delivering for those waiting years for applications to be decided.

My experience prompted me to make representations to the Scottish Government, which included insisting an external review was required to establish what was, or was not, going on.

If crofters want to be represented at the top table by a crofter who cannot be bought off with governmental promotion, who will place their interests before all others, then they should vote for me as a matter of urgency.