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MSP Rob Gibson Slams Tacky Invite To Highland Tourism Awards

Rob Gibson SNP list MSP for Highlands and Islands has slammed the invite of 'cash for questions' ex Tory MP and his wife to give a key speech at the Inverness Tourism Awards.

He said, ' News of invites to Neil and Christine Hamilton as key speakers at the Inverness Tourism Awards is tacky. What does it say for Inverness and the Highlands that Pat Hayden, chair of Inverness Tourism Awards committee, to be held at the newly-refurbished Drumossie Hotel in November, hails this as a coup. Its more like a coo."

"Following on from the granting of 'Freedom of the Highlands' to Mr. Al Fayed of Balnagowan which met with justifiably, widespread disapproval I suggest that the Inverness Tourism Awards think again. The Hamilton's are expensive celebrity guests. They brought British politics to a new low, surely Highland tourism does not wish to follow suit?"

"Pat think again."