Local News for Tuesday 6th June 2017

Hurry up for HebCelt
Ferry operator Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) is urging people coming to Stornoway for the HebCelt Festival in July to book their ferry travel as soon as possible. Extra sailings on the peak day for travel, Sunday July 23rd, are already booking up fast, and although cars, caravans and motorbikes always need to book, it’s now looking like even foot passenger tickets could be snapped up fast. Stornoway port manager Iain Don Maciver said: "We strongly encourage those planning to journey to and from Stornoway for the weekend of HebCelt, including foot passengers, to book their ferry slots as soon as possible. Sunday is a particularly busy day with festival goers making their way home and it will be essential to have a valid booking for vehicles and passengers that day. Tickets can be booked online at www.calmac.co.uk – the reservations should be made as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Foot passengers are used to being able to turn up on the day without booking, but our message to them, particularly on the Sunday, is that this approach is unlikely to work and they may well find themselves disappointed."

Last two days for Election campaign
Campaigning for Thursday’s General Election moves into its last days, with more candidates due to be on the doorsteps today and tomorrow. Scottish Conservative and Unionist candidate Dan McCroskrie is now in the islands, and will be visiting voters. Scottish Labour candidate Ealasaid Macdonald said last week that she would work hard to turn the great assets of the islands into jobs and prosperity. She said that "huge potential" was not being fulfilled because of poor representation and "a complete absence of joined-up thinking in how to make the most of what we have. I strongly believe in promoting the Hebridean brand but that requires facilities within the islands so that we are exporting finished products, with value added, from both the land and the sea.”
Also standing for the na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency is John Cormack for the Scottish Christian party, Scottish National Party candidate Angus MacNeil, and Jamie Paterson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Polls open at 7am on Thursday and the result is expected to be announced before 2am on Friday June 9th.