1. ITV Report

Hundreds head to southern Scotland for Rural Parliament

400 people from across Scotland are set to arrive in Stranraer this week to take part in the Scottish Rural Parliament.

It takes place every two years and is thought to be Scotland’s largest participatory democratic event.

The parliament is designed to bring local people who represent rural communities together with policy makers to discuss rural challenges.

The two main themes of the 2018 Scottish Rural Parliament are Brexit and empowering communities to ‘Take Action’. Delegates will represent most of rural Scotland.

Other topics to be discussed will include health service provision, future rural policy, rural gender pay gap and supporting refugees in rural areas.

There has never been a more important time for rural Scotland to come together to speak with one, powerful voice. Every community in Scotland will be affected by Brexit, with rural areas particularly exposed, so it’s important that Scotland’s rural communities organise and take action to prepare for the changes ahead."

– Emma Cooper, Chief Exec of Scottish Rural Action