Former Party Leader to visit Lewis

07 May 2011..Annabel Goldie MSP West Scotland / Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party pictured in the garden lobby during the MSP registration session. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
07 May 2011..Annabel Goldie MSP West Scotland / Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party pictured in the garden lobby during the MSP registration session. Pic - Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Former leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland, Annabel Goldie MSP, will visit Stornoway tomorrow (Friday).

She is now the Constitutional spokesperson for the Scottish Conservatives and also sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Goldie of Bishopton.

She will be in the islands to meet with representatives from the local authority and with various businesses in the town.

Her visit will culminate with a reception later in the evening hosted by the Western Isles Conservative Association.

Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie McGrigor will also be on the island this coming Monday to open the Western Isles Conservative Association campaign HQ, on Point Street. It will be the official launch of Conservative candidate, Mark Brown’s campaign.

Mr Brown this week welcomed Chancellor George Osborne’s Budget and noted what he described as ‘the real beneficial impact’ it will have on households throughout the Constituency.

He commented: “The Chancellor’s decision to increase the personal tax allowance level to £11,000 will see hundreds of Islanders better off, taking many out of paying tax altogether whilst in turn giving hard workers more disposable income to boost the local economy.

“In addition to this, measures to cut the energy surcharge will mean electricity bills could fall on average by £30.”

Mr Brown highlighted the Government’s action to drop the petroleum revenue tax from 50% to 35% along with a drop in oil supplementary tax from 30% to 20% as giving a vital £1.3bn investment boost to the sector.

He said: “There are a great many people in the Outer Hebrides who are employed in the North sea Oil and Gas industry.

“I am therefore delighted that the Conservative-led Coalition has produced a package of investment to safeguard the future of this national asset.

“This is a budget that shows the Conservatives are delivering for Scotland and for Britain,in the last year the UK’s economy has grown faster than any other advanced major economy in the world, a dramatic reversal of the position from when we took office’