The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch has been awarded a “rising star” accolade at the annual Scottish Politician of the Year awards in Edinburgh.
Kate Forbes MSP, who is serving her first-term as a politician after the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections, won the ‘One to Watch’ category – which organisers said is “an award that recognises the MSP demonstrating the most potential to rise through the ranks of their party and/or in Parliament”.
The recognition for Ms Forbes at a national level has been welcomed by Dave Thompson, her predecessor for the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch seat.
Mr Thompson said: ““This is a well-deserved award for Kate, a hard working MSP who combines integrity and intelligence with humility, and who puts her constituents first.
“I am sure she will continue to grow as a compassionate MSP and wish her well for the future.”
Kate Forbes MSP added: “It’s very kind of the judges to make this award.
“Aside from the usual political drama, I know that my colleagues in all parties work exceedingly hard and care enormously about their constituents.
“There was a lot of new MSPs in the 2016 intake and we’re now halfway through this term.
“It has been a steep learning curve but I hope that my constituents feel like I do everything possible to support them, to represent the Highlands and to, in some small way, make a difference.
“Of course, the most important judges, as it were, will always be my constituents but I do appreciate this award.”
It was the second year in a row that Ms Forbes had been a finalist for the award, and this year she beat off competition from the Green’s Ross Greer and Conservative Liam Kerr.
The annual ceremony – in its 20th year – took place in Edinburgh last night (22 November).