On Thursday 23rd of August Ruth Davidson MSP came to Inverness, visiting the Tornagrain housing development before addressing a capacity crowd at a Scottish Conservatives lunch in Inverness itself.
In a lively question and answer session Ruth and Edward Mountain MSP addressed a wide range of issues, from distinctly Highland matters such as the successful campaign to improve the parking at Raigmore Hospital, and the future of Kishorn Dock, through to national ones like the continuing damage being done by the SNP's mismanagement of the Scottish Economy, and the SNP’s equally-disastrous changes to Scottish Education.
Ruth thanked the party members and supporters who had contributed so much to the great achievement in electing 10 Scottish Conservative Councillors last year, and praised the good work done since then by those Councillors.
The meeting was left in no doubt that with Ruth as First Minister, the Scottish Government would pay proper attention to the unique needs of the Highlands, especially in improving job-creation, rather than just offering up the same old tired platitudes that the current SNP regime has turned into an art-form.
For 18-year old Highland student - and soon to be published author - Kelsey J. N. McRae, meeting Ruth in Inverness was a very special opportunity.
A campaigner against bullying, and passionate about promoting a positive image for the LGBTQA+ community, Kelsey wrote her book Indigo Rain to overcome her experience of bullying in school, and to encourage a wide audience to learn about and take a proactive approach to mental health issues.
Dornie-based online creativity and publishing platform MageQuill will be publishing Kelsey’s book later this year.