Stornoway Gazette Out Now!

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More people are having to use foodbanks than ever before in the Western Isles.

The latest statistics released by the Trussell Trust show that Islanders used local foodbanks 470 times in 2015/16 compared to 280 times in 2014/15, a steep rise of 67%. See our lead story on this week’s front page.

The Scottish Government has a ‘central belt’ bias constituents have told Scottish Conservative candidate Ranald Fraser, find out more about this candidate’s opinions as he campaigns in the Scottish Parliamentary Election on page 3.

The seas around St Kilda, the National Trust for Scotland’s World Heritage Site, now have tougher extra protections in place, find out more in our lead story on page 5.

‘Grassroots Out’ is the national, cross-party campaign to leave the European Union.

They will be making the case to leave the EU at a public meeting at Stornoway Town Hall on Friday, April 22nd from 7.15pm.

In this week’s Gazette former SNP Deputy Leader Jim Sillars makes his case in support of leaving the European Union, see page 7.

Balranald Nature Reserve in North Uist is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and in this week’s paper RSPB Scotland’s Stuart Taylor explains its importance, see page 11.

And with Nostalgia on pages 20 & 21, Puzzles and Entertainment/Events news on pages 23 to 27 and a comprehensive round-up of local sport from pages 33 to 40 there is plenty for you to read about is your Stornoway Gazette this week.