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MSP finds internet refuge at Cornhill car dealers


By Kyle Ritchie

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Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson surprised fellow committee members in the Scottish Parliament after appearing during a virtual meeting from a Cornhill car dealership.

Mr Stevenson’s own internet at his home had been hit earlier this month by storms which had battered much of Scotland.

Fearing he would be unable to attend the most recent Covid-19 committee meeting due to his connection issues, a local car dealership came to his rescue.

Damaged internet meant MSP Stewart Stevenson had to use the connection at Ewen's of Cornhill to take part in a virtual meeting.
Damaged internet meant MSP Stewart Stevenson had to use the connection at Ewen's of Cornhill to take part in a virtual meeting.

Ewen’s of Cornhill – which sells new and used Hondas – offered to provide space for the MSP to be able to connect virtually to his meeting.

The appearance in the car dealership sparked a number of comments online from people entertained by the change in location.

Mr Stevenson said: “Unfortunately the bad weather last week caused damage to the internet connection in our home.

“Living in quite a rural part of my constituency meant it’s not quite fixed and I would have had to miss my most recent Covid-19 meeting.

“Luckily Ewen’s of Cornhill were able to step in and help, offering me a spot at their dealership.

“I am incredibly grateful for their help particularly as the Covid-19 committee is of such great importance as we make our way through this pandemic.

“I would like to thank them for their help and I’m pleased to have been able to offer a light-hearted moment in what has been a very challenging time for Scotland.”

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