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SPACED OUT: Prime minister Boris Johnson has high hopes for Highland MP Jamie Stone

By Louise Glen

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Jamie Stone MP. Picture: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor
Jamie Stone MP. Picture: UK Parliament / Jessica Taylor

Prime minister Boris Johnston has high hopes for the Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.

During an exchange at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, far north MP Jamie Stone invited the Prime Minister to visit the launch of the Sutherland spaceport following yesterday’s Scottish Land Court ruling.

He said: "I am sure that the prime minister will be as pleased as I am that this week the Scottish Land Court has given the final green light to establishing a space launch facility in Sutherland.

"This is something that is great for the UK and it is time to bury party political differences.

"On behalf of the delighted crofters of the community in Melness, I extend a warm invitation to the Prime Minister to come to the first launch - he will be given a delicious Highland tea, including some homemade scones.

Boris Johnson replied that he looked forward to taking up the invitation and added that Jamie Stone himself would be a suitable cargo to send on a space mission.

He said: "Can I thank the Honourable Gentleman for his kind invitation, I look forward to taking it up.

"What we need, is a suitable payload to send into space and I think the Gentleman opposite would do very well."

Following the exchange, Jamie Stone MP said: “I am delighted that the Prime Minister shares my enthusiasm for the Sutherland spaceport.

"As for sending me into the stratosphere on the first available rocket, I think I’ll opt to stay on solid ground for now!”

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