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Highlands show a 'new dynamism'

A Highlands scene (Pic: Iain Maclean)
Historically, the Highlands has been known for out-migration

The Highlands have been described as "one of modern Britain's success stories", by the Secretary of State for Scotland, Des Browne.

He told a breakfast meeting of Inverness Chamber of Commerce the region and Inverness now boasted a "new dynamism".

Mr Browne, who had a series of engagements in the area, said most people of working age were employed.

Historically, the Highlands has suffered from out-migration.

This has seen young people leaving to find places at university or jobs.

Mr Browne told the chamber of commerce: "From a situation of out-migration and unemployment, the Highlands now boasts a new dynamism.

"A bustling area which many have chosen to make their home in recent years provides evidence of that."

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