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Visiting an Aberdeenshire farm, the Prime Minister announced that some £211 million is coming to Scotland’s farmers.

I welcomed the findings of the Bew review on EU convergence funding, following a campaign by Scottish Conservative MPs to set a past wrong right.

Two years after I was elected, I am delighted to see that lobbying on this issue paid off. I welcome the restoration of the £160m plus a further payment of £51.4m over two years as recommended by the Bew review.

The NFUS said the sum is a welcome boost at a time of significant price and cost pressure for farming and crofting.

Credit to Jim Walker, the former NFUS president, who navigated a detailed issue as part of the review, and worked constructively with the UK Government to help restore the convergence cash.

Once again, this is evidence of Scottish Conservatives working with the UK Government to deliver for Scotland, while the SNP carp from the sidelines.

We have got the money coming back, plus a substantial extra payment for farmers in less favoured areas.

This cash must now be ring-fenced by the SNP Scottish government.

And it has to be paid directly to farmers, so it can make a real difference to their future.

Above and beyond that massive news for our farmers, there is additional money coming to Scotland as part of the Chancellor’s latest spending round – more than £1.2 billion of it, in fact.

Thanks to the hard work of the British people and the decisions of successive UK Governments, we are entering a new period of spending, with the fastest increase in day-to-day spending in 15 years.

This means there is little for the SNP to use to deflect attention from their 12-year record of failure on education, justice and health, and why hardworking families in this area are paying more in tax and seeing less for it.

 

Police Scotland have released data detailing which North East areas are hotspots for road traffic accidents.

Almost 740 separate roads across the force’s North East division had at least three such incidents over the last 15 months.

Turriff unfortunately features quite heavily - roads like the Crown Street t-junction, Chapel Street, High Street and Main Street - had between six and 20 road traffic accidents over the course of one year.

Nearby roads at Fintry, Birkenhills and Meikle Whiterashes also featured.

Single reports, where one rural road may have witnessed a single, terrible accident, don’t feature so the data is incomplete.

Superlative work is done by the North Safety Camera Unit, Police Scotland and the Scottish Safety Camera Programme to keep accident numbers down.

A generation of Aberdeenshire schoolchildren have witnessed the potential risks on the road in the Safe Drive, Stay Alive programme.

Having seen the presentation, I can attest to how hard-hitting the video is. It shows young people, if they need it, that things can go badly wrong on the roads, changing lives forever.