The Tory rural affairs spokesperson made the bizarre attack on the Commission members, saying that “looking at this list of appointments, there isn’t a single real farmer on here.”
He continued: “You can’t call someone with two sheep and a back garden a farmer.”
Two of the Commission members are crofters, while a third is a partner on a 650 acre farm.
Commenting, SNP MSP Maree Todd said:
“Unlike some Tory MSPs, not all of Scotland’s farmers and crofters have estates large enough to parade as Laird of the Manor – but they deserve better than to be belittled by the opposition.
“Peter Chapman should apologise to Scotland’s crofters – and he should apologise to the Land Commission members themselves for this needlessly personal, unprofessional attack.”