Emma Roddick MSP welcomes Scotland’s new First Minister Humza Yousaf as the right choice for the Highlands & Islands

Highlands & Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed Scotland’s new First Minister Humza Yousaf as he is voted in by the Scottish Parliament.

The announcement that Humza Yousaf had won the Scottish National Party’s leadership contest came on Monday afternoon, with Ms Roddick quickly celebrating the result and congratulating Mr Yousaf on his ‘incredible campaign’.

Ms Roddick was vocal in her support of Mr Yousaf throughout the campaign, expressing that he was the only candidate that would defend the SNP’s progressive policy approach and that it would be a mistake to throw this away.

Commenting on Mr Yousaf’s election, Ms Roddick said:

“I am absolutely thrilled to see Humza Yousaf elected as the SNP’s new leader and, today, voted in as Scotland’s First Minister. 

“Throughout his career, Humza has shown so clearly where his priorities lie – with improving the lives of the people of Scotland and ensuring that our country is a better place to live for the next generation.

“He has shown an absolute commitment to the people of the Highlands & Islands, setting out plans to increase much-needed affordable housing for residents and key workers in rural areas.

“Humza’s plans for Scotland embody the positive vision for an independent country that brought so many over to the cause over the last ten years.

“As we continue to navigate the cost-of-living crisis, and tackle poverty and climate change, Humza is the progressive, ambitious, and importantly, caring, leader Scotland needs.

“I am very much looking forward to working closely with the new First Minister on his vision for Scotland and on the issues that matter most to people across the Highlands & Islands.”