The Scottish Government were defeated over their plans to abolish the board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise on Tuesday night, losing a vote in Parliament.
In a statement afterwards, Northern Isles MSPs Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur said:
“Parliament has given SNP Ministers their marching orders tonight. Despite SNP Highlands and Islands MSPs shamefully putting their party before their constituents, the government was defeated over its plans to centralise powers over economic development.
“Businesses and communities across the region have fought to retain an agency with a laser-like focus on their needs. Today is their victory.
“SNP Ministers now face a test. Will they respect the will of Parliament or blunder on with a ‘we know best’ approach?
“People and businesses in the Highlands & Islands will be watching closely.”