Mary Scanlon MSP makes a farewell visit to the Western Isles

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Mary Scanlon, Scottish Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands, made a final visit to the Western Isles as representative for the region.

Mary used the parliamentary recess to visit Harris and Stornoway, holding meetings and surgeries for the last time in the Western Isles before she retires as an MSP in March.

Mary has represented the Highlands and Islands since the first Scottish Parliament elections in 1999.

Commenting Mary said: It’s been a great honour to represent the Highlands and Islands and over the years in Parliament I have made many friends in the Western Isles and formed good relations with the council, health board, the local college, businesses and individuals.

“This week I held surgeries in Harris and Stornoway, visited some excellent local businesses and had a very constructive meeting with the Leader and Chief Executive of the council.

“One thing I have tried to do in my time as an MSP for this area has been to make sure the views of islanders are considered and incorporated into our debates in Parliament.

“Often what is right for the mainland will be totally wrong for the islands and I have tried to be a strong and persuasive voice for the area, ensuring the views of constituents or the council, or the health board are listened to by MSPs from across Scotland.

“I hope in a small way I have been able to help people in the Western Isles during my time as a MSP.

“While I am standing down at this election I will continue to take a great interest in politics and the Highlands and Islands.

“As usual I got a warm reception from everyone I met during my last visit to the Western Isles as an elected representative and I’d like to thank everyone for the support I have received during my time as an MSP.

“I was also delighted to visit an old friend, Neil MacLeod who has taken up weaving Harris Tweed in his retirement.

“Not only was I able to see him weaving but also saw him training someone on the loom.

“I bought Harris Tweed in Tarbert and the Stornoway shop to make gifts for presents in my retirement.

“I have no further plans for retirement apart from continuing to knit, sew, do yoga and voluntary work for the Party.”

Pictured are Mary and Councillor Angus Campbell during a meeting with the local authority.

Also pictured is Douglas Ross, the lead candidate for the Conservatives on the Highlands and Islands list who is set to replace Mary as an MSP for the region.