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Dingwall-based MSP Kate Forbes pledges to promote Gaelic in public life after being sworn in for second term representing Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch


By Hector MacKenzie

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Kate Forbes, Dingwall-based MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch took her oath in Gaelic and English.
Kate Forbes, Dingwall-based MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch took her oath in Gaelic and English.

Kate Forbes was officially sworn in as the constituency MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch – the constituency that includes Dingwall and the Black Isle – at a socially-distanced oath and affirmation ceremony at the Scottish Parliament.

The 31-year-old took her oath in Gaelic as well as English, in what will be her second term as MSP for the vast Highland constituency.

It follows her resounding victory at the recent Scottish Parliament elections, taking 56 per cent of the vote.

Kate Forbes MSP said: “As a champion for Gaelic, I was proud to take my parliamentary vows in Gaelic, and I will continue to do what I can to promote the language in public life.

“It was obviously a very different experience from the last time I took the oath in 2016 – with the pandemic and also a government position – it’s fair to say quite a few things have changed since then.

“What hasn’t changed though, is my desire to work hard and get results for this constituency. I’ve already had several meetings over the past few days, and of course the emails never stop, so it’s very much carrying on from where I left off in March.”

Forbes under no illusions about the challenges ahead


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