Local News for Friday 9th June 2017
MP elected for Western Isles
After a tense night at Lewis Sports Centre, the SNP’s Angus Brendan MacNeil is once again MP for the Western Isles. His win in the UK Parliamentary Election, declared at 2.15am, came by a reduced margin over near rival Ealasaid MacDonald, standing for Scottish Labour. Mr MacNeil polled 6,030 votes, down from 8,662 in the 2015 General Election, while Mrs MacDonald won the support of 5,006 voters, an increase from the 4,560 given to her predecessor as Labour candidate, Alasdair Morrison. Both candidates had spoken of a welcome on the doorsteps of islanders during their campaign, which was carried out under great stress with the tragic news from Barra – Angus MacNeil’s home island and one where Ealasaid MacDonald also has family connections. The two agreed to suspend campaigning after the Manchester bombing, and there was a low-key final push for votes. Angus MacNeil has been returned to Westminster as the MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency for the fourth time. The turnout was 69.73% - down by more than 3% on 2015.
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Local News for Thursday 8th June 2017
Polls are open
Polling Stations are now open for the casting of votes in the 2017 UK Parliamentary Election, and will stay open until 10pm. Details of where you should go to vote are on your polling card, or can be found on the Comhairle’s website. In a late change, the Polling Station for Tarbert will be in the Council Offices, Old Primary School, West Tarbert. For this election you vote for one candidate only by putting a cross in the box next to your choice. If you applied for a Postal Vote, you must return it by 10pm tonight to any Polling Station in the Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency or at the Election Office, Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway.
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