Visiting Celtic Cousins

15th November 2013

By the time you read this, I’ll be away in Edinburgh, with some exciting meetings lined up. I’m visiting Holyrood to see members of the Scottish Parliament to discuss how we can raise the profile of our campaign there, and I’m hoping to also come away with a few more supporting organisations..

I enjoyed my visit to Belfast last week where Disability Action and, Age NI came on-board as supporters, which was tremendous. I was really impressed with the idea of a Pensioners’ Parliament of which Age NI is a member – I think it’s an idea which should be rolled out across the UK.

 I also talked to a couple of journalists, so keep your eyes peeled for reports about the campaign in your local Northern Ireland papers.

I’d travelled to Belfast from the British Wool Marketing Board’s annual conference in Derry – Londonderry, where I’d already met around 100 sheep farmers who themselves wrestle with the lack of internet access in their rural patches, and who were therefore right behind our campaign.

Thanks so much to everybody who gave up their time to meet me and listen in Northern Ireland.

Talking of new supporters, last week Countryside Alliance, which promotes rural issues, also came on board, so we look forward to working with them going forward. This brings the total of organisations who have signed up to both partner and support us to 33, which is a fantastic figure. Combining the numbers they represent with the expressions of support we’ve had from the public, we’re really building momentum.

I’ll let you know how Scotland goes very soon.