Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has held his 1,000th surgery for constituents.
The milestone was reached when he pulled up in the picturesque village of Fordyce with his Mobile Office as part of his summer surgery tour of rural communities.
Mr Stevenson’s record of holding surgeries is second to none and makes him one of the most accessible MSPs in the country.
Commenting, Stewart said:“It’s incredible to think that I’ve now held 1,000 surgeries for constituents and I’m delighted to have reached such a milestone achievement.
“While the bulk of contact from constituents now comes via e-mail of through my website, a significant amount of casework I deal with comes from people who turn up at my surgeries. In some cases, there is still a real need for face-to-face contact to discuss an issue or to view something at first hand.
“Over the years, many thousands of people have been in touch through one of my surgeries. It’s not always possible to achieve the outcome that people are seeking with a particular issue or problem, but on many occasions, simply the act of writing a letter on Parliamentary-headed paper on someone’s behalf is enough to make the powers that be or private companies sit up and pay attention to someone’s problem. Being able to help people in this way is both a pleasure and a privilege and I’m pleased to be able to do so.”
Arrangements are already being made for Stewart’s 1004th surgery, which will be held next month.