Tenant farmer at heart of eviction battle to discuss lairds, land reform and how it felt to have 20,000 supporters
COMMONSPACE will interview East Lothian farmer Andrew Stoddart later today (3 December) live on the CommonSpace site, in conjunction with Independence Live.
Last week Stoddart and his family faced eviction from their home, and from the farm he has worked for 22 years – but his story sparked a public outcry, with 20,000 signing a petition to top the eviction. Last-minute negotiations won the Stoddarts a temporary reprieve.
The interview, which will be livestreamed via CommonSpace, will cover issues of farming, land reform and social justice in Scotland, as well as the uncertain future facing Andrew and his family now.
The interview will be available to watch below from 7pm.
Stoddart is a vocal advocate of the rights of Scottish tenant farmers, who face some of the worst conditions in Europe.
The campaign to save his farm was headed by Our Land, a group involving Common Weal, land campaigner Andy Wightman, and journalist Lesley Riddoch.
Scottish Tenant Farmer’s Association chair Angus McCall branded the Stoddart eviction ‘Scotand’s shame’, and campaigners have said it highlights the need for much more radical land reform than that proposed by the SNP government.
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