At long last there's a settlement for East Lothian tenant farmer Andrew Stoddart. It's not a total victory but Andrew leaves with some compensation and two more months to sell stock and farm equipment. There's a full statement below from the Our Land campaign. We've called off this weekend's action in Haddington and want to thank everyone who signed the 38 degrees petition, lobbied MSPs and particularly those who pitched up at very little notice for the Holyrood demo, including members of the Holyrood Rural Affairs (RACCE) Committee who also lobbied for Andrew behind the scenes.The Our Land campaign will be active again before Christmas I suspect if the RACCE Committee report on the Land Reform Bill is published quickly prompting a debate in Holyrood before the Christmas recess on Dec 19th. So watch this space folks and/or follow @lesleyriddoch or #OurLand on twitter.
The Our Land campaign for land reform in Scotland has given a guarded welcome to the announcement that Andrew Stoddart, the tenant farmer who faces eviction from his East Lothian farm, has reached a settlement with landlords the Coulson Trust. The agreement was signed yesterday and will allow the family to remain in the house until the end of January 2016. The other details of the agreement cannot be revealed. This follows a campaign by Our Land and 38 Degrees which involved a series of protests outside the Scottish Parliament and in Andrew Stoddart’s home town and a petition in which 20,000 called for action to be taken.
Andrew Stoddart made the following statement:
"Following eleventh hour mediation, we have come to a settlement with the Colstoun Trust. This has been done to protect my family from further anxiety. A short period of occupancy has been agreed to allow us to remove our animals and dispose of our equipment to better advantage.