Lochaber MSP nominated for national conservation award

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Lochaber MSP Kate Forbes has been nominated for a national conservation award following the success of her ‘Final Straw’ campaign.

Final Straw urged the Scottish Government to ban plastic straws, and over the past nine months her lobbying has resulted in scores of organisations ditching them – estimated to run into the millions – in favour of biodegradable alternatives.

It saw Ms Forbes named as a finalist in the Political Advocate of the Year category for the RSPB’s Nature of Scotland Awards, which were announced at an event in the Scottish Parliament last week.

Ms Forbes said: ‘I am delighted, if a little taken aback, by this nomination for an RSPB award. It means a lot to me after the campaign I launched earlier this year.’

Kate’s fellow finalists are Dr Tom Dargie, Mairi Gougeon MSP, Lewis MacDonald MSP and Dr Ruth Tingay. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony in Edinburgh on November 22.