Dingwall-based Highland MSP Kate Forbes announces engagement on social media
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Dingwall-based MSP Kate Forbes has taken to social media to announce her engagement.
The Scottish Finance Secretary revealed a short time ago that her husband-to-be had proposed a few days ago whilst on a snowy local walk.
She said: "Having launched the Wedding Fund today, I should declare an interest as a brave man asked me to marry him on a snowy local walk over the last few days and I said 'yes'.
"No plans yet for a wedding - there's plenty of budget work to manage first. Some rare happy news!"
Miss Forbes claimed the seat for the SNP in 2016 following the retirement of Dave Thompson MSP, also SNP.
She did not reveal the name of her betrothed in the Tweet.
Local SNP MP Drew Hendry was one of the first to congratulate the couple.
He said: "Congratulations, Kate. Much happiness to you both."
Newtonmore-based broadcaster Cameron McNeish said: "Heartiest congratulations, Kate. That's a lovely bit of news amid everything else that's going on. Very best wishes to both of you."
Plenty of other messages have also been posted by well-wishers including MSPs from across the political spectrum and others in public life.
Get Scotland Walking posted: "Congratulations to you both! Great choice to get engaged on a #walk We often say #walking is the answer to most things!"
The MSP's patch takes in Dingwall and the Black Isle.