MSP will stand for Labour in Western Isles

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The Western Isles Labour Party has selected Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant as their candidate in the 2016 Scottish Parliament.

Ms Grant was selected after two well attended constituency meetings, the first in Uist followed by Stornoway.

Members were given the opportunity to discuss the challenges facing the islands with Ms Grant, who was clear that in the current climate a strong Labour voice for our islands is essential.

Speaking after the selection meetings Rhoda Grant said: “It is a privilege to have been selected by the local Labour Party as the prospective parliamentary candidate for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency.

“As a Highlands and Islands MSP, I have a proven track record of speaking up on the issues which really matter to the islands.

“The Western Isles have unique challenges and it is imperative that these are taken into account by government. I look forward to continuing my work to achieve a better future for the Western Isles.”

Chair of the Western Isles Labour Party, Billy MacKinnon, said: “I am delighted that Rhoda Grant will be our candidate in the forthcoming Scottish Parliament elections.

“Rhoda’s record in the Scottish Parliament highlights her commitment to our islands and demonstrates that she knows how we are being failed by the current government.

“We need a strong Labour voice for our islands and I look forward to campaigning alongside Rhoda as we work towards the next election.”