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‘Government turning a blind eye to islanders’ concerns’

A call has gone out for an emergency towing vessel to be stationed in the isles after another ‘near miss’ this week.

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Homes to be hit with three per cent tax rise

Homes to be hit with three per cent tax rise

Council tax bills being issued next week will be up by three per cent in a bid to make a contribution to the Comhairle’s £6.5 million budget shortfall.

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon praises ambitious restoration project

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon praises ambitious restoration project

Nicola Sturgeon has described the new Gaelic-led museum as ‘really special’ as she officially opened the restored Lews Castle and museum in Stornoway.

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LEwis trip

LEwis trip

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, visited the new Ardseileach Centre in Stornoway, during her recent visit to Lewis. Ardseileach provides residential accommodation to disabled adults, through a series of independent living units clustered around a core residential facility.

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New flight timetable is ‘unacceptable’

New flight timetable is ‘unacceptable’

Western Isles MP, Angus MacNeil and Barraigh, Bhatarsaigh, Eiriosgaigh agus Uibhist a Deas Councillor Donald Manford have revealed their disappointment and frustration at Inter-Island timetable changes which they believe will see further travel disruption for people in Uist and Barra.

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Comhairle leader to host Facebook Live Q&A

Comhairle leader to host Facebook Live Q&A

Comhairle Leader, Cllr Angus Campbell, will host a Facebook question and answer session at 7pm on Tuesday 28th February on the Scottish Government’s Consultation on Crown Estate Proposals. Questions must be submitted to the page by 7pm on the evening of the 28th and the Leader will answer as many of these questions as possible between 7pm and 8:30pm. Questions can be submitted on the Comhairle’s Facebook page.

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Alasadair Allan MSP

MSP questions theory test waiting times in Western Isles

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has written to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) regarding the current waiting times for Motorcycle Theory Tests in the Western Isles.

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MacNeil to fight for fishing rights

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil is calling for control of fishery zones West of the Hebrides to be devolved to the islands post-Brexit.

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Professor Michael Keating is one of the speakers

Brexit meeting in town hall

A free public meeting is take place in Stornoway Town Hall on Tuesday, February 28, on Bexit and its possible implications.

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Alasdair Allan

MSP welcomes rod licence rule

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the news the Scottish Government has ruled out introducing rod licences for wild fishing, or a new wild fisheries levy.

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Legal affairs minister Annabelle Ewing.

Review of legal aid system launched

An independent review of the legal aid system has been announced by the Scottish Government.

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Angus with pupils at Laxdale School where he fielded questions about world affairs.

Question is posed - what kind of country do we want to live in?

Here in Na h-Eileanan an Iar, I know that many many people, including those who own and run businesses and those involved in public affairs, are very very worried about what a hard Brexit will mean for the islands’ economy.

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Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil.

Secretary of State for Energy confirms visit to Isles

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil has met with Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Greg Clark MP to press the case for vital UK Government support for island renewables.

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Comhairle Leader, Angus Campbell.

Consultation on Crown Estate Proposals

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is encouraging the public to respond to the Scottish Government’s consultation on Crown Estate proposals which ends on March 29th.

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Mr MacNeil will meet with community renewable representatives on Monday and BEIS ministers on Tuesday.

MP stands up for island renewables

Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil will make a last ditch attempt to convince the UK Government to offer support to island renewable projects when he meets Ministers next week.

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Fears over reduced influence

Fears over reduced influence

A Western Isles Councillor has called for the reversal of the decision to disband the HIE board and said that a compromise suggested by a Highland MP was not the answer.

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MSP encourages participation in Crown Estate consultation

MSP encourages participation in Crown Estate consultation

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has encouraged islanders to take part in a consultation on the long term framework for the management of the Crown Estate in Scotland.

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Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Universal basic income scheme set to trial

Scotland is set to pilot a radical scheme to give every citizen a universal basic income (UBI), regardless of whether they work or not.

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Alasdair Allan on the road to Rhenigidale, Isle of Harris. European funding allowed the village to be connected to the rest of the island in 1989.

MSP says Single Market is best hope for Islands

Western Isles MSP, Alasdair Allan has commented that the Scottish Government’s proposals to keep Scotland in the European Single Market and stop the “national disaster” of a hard Brexit represent the best immediate prospect for the economy of the Western Isles.

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Donald Cameron MSP (right) and Alex MacLeod, Chief Executive of Stornoway Port Authority (left) talked about the plans for the Harbour during Mr Cameron's recent visit.

Donald Cameron backs consultation on Stornoway Harbour Master Plan

Following the publication by the Stornoway Port Authority, of a 20-year vision for Stornoway’s harbour, Donald Cameron, MSP for the Highlands and Islands region, met with Alex Macleod, Chief Executive of Stornoway Port Authority, and has added his general support to the development of facilities in the Western Isles, welcoming the public consultation.

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