SNP activist to stand as independent

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Former SNP candidate Iain Don Maciver has confirmed he is to stand in the council elections as an independent in the Sgire an Rubha ward.

Last week Mr Maciver said he could not stand for the SNP due to the Scottish Government’s plans to remove RET for commercial vehicles.

He is now expected to resign his party membership as he will be standing against another SNP candidate in that ward.

Mr Maciver, who is Stornoway Port Manager for Calmac, said: “Following much soul searching and self examination, along with deep discussion with my wife and children and many friends and aquaiitances, I have decided to put myself forward as an independent candidate in the Sgire an Rubha ward at the Council Election in May.

“This is not a decision that I have arrived at easily, especially as it means that I have to give up my SNP membership, but given the abandonment of RET for Commercial vehicles, which is going to have such a detrimental impact on the islands I see no other choice for me.

“Having said all that I find the reaction of the Labour Party pitiful, especially given their negativity to RET from the outset and I totally refute their statements which only emphasise how out of touch they are with the electorate in our islands.”