Council candidates gear up for campaign

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The Comhairle by-election to fill the vacancy in the Beinn na Foghla agus Uibhist a Tuath ward will be contested for the Scottish National Party by Roslyn Macpherson.

Also standing for election in the ward is Independent candidate Andrew Walker.

Polling will take place on March 26th.

Roslyn, who lives in Benbecula, works for Skills Development Scotland, but may be better known to some through her role as a counsellor for the National Childbirth Trust charity.On confirmation that the seat will be contested, Roslyn said: “The campaign will only last a month, but I look forward to using that time to listen to views and concerns and to demonstrate my desire to be part of representing the people of Benbecula and North Uist at the Comhairle.

“I know I can hit the ground running, given the encouragement I’ve been given by the SNP Council Group. Having lived, worked and raised a family in the ward for the past 20 years, I’m well acquainted with many of the challenges we face, and I’m determined to make our voice heard.”

Andrew Walker has served as a community councillor in the area for the last five years and has 41 years of experience as a social work practitioner and manager. He also sits on the board of Tagsa Uibhist Doighegg Respite Home and Tagsa Uibhist Community Services Committee.

Talking about the campaign ahead, Andrew said: “If elected I will work tirelessly to represent the needs of the constituency.

“I feel in particular that I can make a positive contribution as both the Comhairle and NHS Western Isles move forward in partnership working under the umbrella of an integrated joint health and social care committee and management structure.

“The campaign has just begun, I have a committed election agent, and a campaign f/b page is up and running. Social media has an important role to play, but it is also important to make face-to-face contact with the electorate. For this reason I am organising public meetings in Berneray, Lochmaddy, Bayhead, Carinish and Balivanich. It is important to listen as well as to speak.”