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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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Fishing Industry hold ‘constructive’ meeting with UK Immigration Minister

Fishing Industry hold ‘constructive’ meeting with UK Immigration Minister

Western Isles MP, Angus MacNeil together with leading figures from the Western Isles fishing industry - Duncan MacInnes, Secretary of the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association and Donald J Maclean, Managing Director Barratlantic - met with UK Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill MP to discuss the crew shortage crisis impacting on the West Coast fishing industry.

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MSP Alasdair Allan.

MSP to raise nuisance call concerns

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has pledged to support efforts to cut down on nuisance calls – after it was announced that a new commission is to tackle the issue.

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Baroness Neville-Rolfe.

UK Minister for Energy to visit Hebrides

Isles MP Angus MacNeil has been notified that the UK Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property is scheduled to visit the Hebrides next year.

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Isles MP and MSP welcome Hebrides Range Announcement

Isles MP and MSP welcome Hebrides Range Announcement

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan, and MP, Angus MacNeil, have welcomed the announcement that the future of the Hebrides Range in Uist will remain secure until 2028.

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Comhairle cautions over the financial challenges ahead

Comhairle cautions over the financial challenges ahead

Councils across Scotland face significant challenges in the year ahead states a report from the Accounts Commission into Local Government finances.

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Angus MacNeil MP and Tina Tietjen, independent chair of the Energy Switch Guarantee at a reception at Westminster.

Switch and save on electricity bills, says MP

More than 98% of households in the Western Isles could save hundreds of pounds on electricity if they were to switch suppliers, according to new figures.

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Comhairle Leader, Angus Campbell.

Comhairle calls for new cash to be used for second ETV

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is calling on the UK Government to use part of the new cash announced in the Autumn Statement for Civil Resilience and Community Safety, to be used for a second Emergency Towing vessel (ETV) based on the west coast of Scotland.

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