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Fergus Ewing MSP - July 16

"Oh, and Mr Ewing when coming to meet the First Minister at Bute House - enter by the front door."

That message from Nicola Sturgeon’s office let me understand that I might be in for some good news! And indeed I was delighted to be appointed as her Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity.

After 9 years as a junior Minister it is a privilege to step up to a Cabinet post. Sorting out the CAP Payment IT problems is my first challenge but I hope to move on to how working together we can collectively grow the rural economy.

I am therefore keen to hear from "Spotlight" readers who have a part to play and we must deliver superfast broadband by 2021 or else I should be banished to the back benches!!