Tom Morton’s Fairly Long Ride

Last week I met up with broadcaster Tom Morton in Edinburgh as he cycled the length of Scotland to raise awareness of fair trade.

The challenge, which Tom dubbed a ‘fairly long ride’, covered 450 miles of Scotland from its most southerly point at the Mull of Galloway to its most northerly, the Muckle Flugga shore station on Unst in the Shetland Isles. 

In Edinburgh, Tom met with supporters at the One World Shop which sells fair trade goods.  The purpose of Tom’s challenge was to promote Scotland’s efforts toward gaining fair trade nation status.

Following the shop visit, Tom performed his ‘Fairly Good Show’ an evening of songs, chat and wine tasting on the theme of fair trade in support of the Scottish Fair Trade Forum.

To mark Tom’s effort, I lodged a Parliamentary motion which has gained broad cross party support.

In addition to congratulating Tom, I used the motion to commends the work of schools, community groups, organisations, villages, towns and cities across the country whose efforts will hopefully see fair trade nation status for Scotland being achieved in 2012.

I was delighted to see he made it to Muckle Flugga.