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Processions celebrating womens’ right to vote floods through Edinburgh

Islanders joined the sea of women who took to the streets of Edinburgh on Sunday to celebrate 100 years since the first women in Britain secured the right to vote.

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Island Bill passes in Scottish Parliament

Island Bill passes in Scottish Parliament

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the passage of the Islands (Scotland) Bill.

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Labour slams MSP’s silence over ‘shameful’ budget cuts

Labour slams MSP’s silence over ‘shameful’ budget cuts

The Western Isles Labour Party has attacked the “shameful” treatment of the islands by the Scottish Government over the funding of council services.

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Councillor Finlay Cunningham

Councillor admits he made a mistake in not declaring his interest

The conduct of our elected representatives has been put under the microscope this week following the news that a Western Isles Councillor has been accused of failing to register his interests in a company that he owns one third of.

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Councillor Mitchell believes the mobile library vans are important social links for the lonely, isolated, elderly and disabled.

Fight goes on to turn page on mobile library vans

Harris and South Lochs Councillor John G. Mitchell has committed himself to the fight for the continuation of mobile library vans in rural areas.

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A new idea and a starting point for discussions about the management of the Western Isles has been tabled.

One single Authority on cards for the Islands?

The main public bodies which run services in the Outer Hebrides could be combined into a ‘Single Island Authority’ under a plan being brought forward for discussion by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

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Elected to the Stornoway Trust were: Norman A Maciver, Catriona Murray, Donald 'Dickie' Macleod, Murdo F Campbell and Donald Nicholson (not in the picture).

Facebook plays its part in Stornoway Trust election campaign

The Stornoway Trust Election count took place on Tuesday and the electorate responded well to the interest in this year’s ballot with 4,261 votes cast, 42% of those eligible to vote.

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Tuesday evening's count drew a healthy crowd as candidates waited to see who had been voted on to the Stornoway Trust.

Good turn out of voters for Stornoway Trust Election

The Stornoway Trust Election count took place last night (Tuesday) and the electorate responded well to the interest in this year’s ballot with 4,261 votes cast, 42% of those eligible to vote.

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Delay on ballot papers for Stornoway Trust Election

Delay on ballot papers for Stornoway Trust Election

Ballot papers for the Stornoway Trust election should be dropping through mailboxes by Thursday, in advance of election day on Tuesday (March 27).

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Excellent trustees and the Stornoway Trust Election issues

Excellent trustees and the Stornoway Trust Election issues

The Stornoway Trust Election will take place on Tuesday, March 27th, when around 10,000 eligible voters, will be able to cast their ballot to decide five positions to complete the 10-strong complement of trustees.

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Candidates names revealed for Stornoway Trust Election

Candidates names revealed for Stornoway Trust Election

The names of the candidates standing for election to the Stornoway Trust at the end of this month have been revealed.

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This map shows the boundary (red line) of the massive section of landmass in Lewis  which falls within the remit of the  Stornoway Trust.

Highest number of candidates for the Stornoway Trust in 40 years

The names of the candidates standing for election to the Stornoway Trust at the end of this month have been revealed.

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Kelso councillors Simon Mountford and Tom Weatherston in the town's Jedburgh Road.

Condition of Kelso road causing concern for councillors

Calls for one of Kelso’s busiest residential through roads to be repaired or resurfaced are being made by two of the town’s councillors.

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Ashley Highfield

MPs must protect the local press from damaging Lords amendment

This week the Prime Minister announced a review into the health of the news media, including the regional and local press.

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Comhairle members have made the tough choices for the 2018/19 budget.

No more ‘salami slice’ cuts says Leader as Council sets its budget

Comhairle nan Eilean has announced that it has set its budget for 2018/19.

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Debate on historic Islands Bill

Debate on historic Islands Bill

Scotland’s first ever Islands Bill will be debated in parliament today (Thursday 8 February).

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Edward Mountain MSP

Principals of Islands Bill endorsed by MSPs

A committee of MSPs has recommended that the general principles of the Islands Bill be agreed by the Scottish Parliament.

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MSP Alasdair Allan

Budget will protect public services and boost broadband in Isles says MSP

Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has welcomed the Draft Budget announcement from Finance Secretary Derek Mackay for the positive effect it will have on the Western Isles.

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Councillor Gordon Murray is urging the public to make their views known to members.

Tell councillors what your priorities are

The Comhairle will be looking to take key decisions on its capital programme at the next series of Council meetings in December 2017.

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