The Scottish Crofting Federation has welcomed the intervention of rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing in a letter which “reprimands” Crofting Commission convener Colin Kennedy.
SCF chair Fiona Mandeville said she was pleased the Scottish Government has “finally endorsed” what the federation and others have been saying for months.
“The actions of the Commission convener, and the decisions he appears to have forced through, have been divisive, unacceptable and not in line with crofting law,” added Ms Mandeville.
While Mr Ewing’s letter is not yet in the public domain, its contents have been summarised and made public.
Ms Mandeville (pictured) continued: “The secretary for rural affairs has written a direct personal reprimand to the convener, who should now do the honourable thing and stand down right away.
“Commissioner Murdo Maclennan’s apparent assertion after the Commission’s recent board meeting is that the board is backing Kennedy. Does the Crofting Commission convener agree with the board? Does the board unanimously support the convener? It is natural for a board to attempt to portray a consensus, but is this really the case?
“Fergus Ewing, in his letter as reported by the BBC, expresses his grave concern that policy decisions may be taken without a clear mandate from the Crofting Commission’s board. This suggests such concerns are also held by Scottish Government.
“Colin Kennedy must accept the reality that it is time for him to go.”