Local News for Monday 9th May 2016
‘Reinstate grazings committee’ call
There’s been a call for the Crofting Commission to reinstate all members of the Mangersta grazings committee, after the former tenant whose activities led to the disbandment of the committee withdrew all of his financial claims. The un-named individual had sought a share of grants paid to the village while he was an absentee tenant between 1994 and 2012. This weekend he wrote to the former Grazings Clerk, saying that he was withdrawing “any and all claims … with immediate effect”. The former committee’s legal adviser, Brian Inkster, has now written to the Crofting Commission informing them of the development and asking them to reinstate the Grazings Committee and clerk without delay. The committee themselves issued a statement saying: “We welcome the withdrawal of these demands and sincerely hope it will bring all of this to an end. We repeat our call for an inquiry into the workings of the Crofting Commission and particularly the guidance they have sent out, in response to events in Mangersta and Upper Coll, on financial management by Grazings Committees”.
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Local News for Friday 6th May 2016
Allan claims third term as Isles MSP
The SNP’s Alasdair Allan claimed his third term as Member of the Scottish Parliament for na h-Eileanan an Iar, in a result delared around 3am this morning at Lewis Sports Centre, after a smooth-running count. The local result mirrored national SNP success, but Dr Allan’s result was down by 13.3% on his 2011 win, with 6,874 votes cast for him this year. Rhoda Grant claimed second place for Scottish Labour with 26% of the votes, 3,378. The surprise of the night was the number of votes polled by new Scottish Conservative candidate Ranald Fraser, of Tolsta Chaolais, who tripled the 2011 result with 1,499 votes, 11% of the votes cast. Following the result he declared it ‘the best result ever for island Conservatives in a Scottish Parliament election.” The Christian party’s John Cormack, who was not at the count, polled 1,162 votes, 9% and Scottish Lib-Dem candidate Kenneth Macleod had the support of just 293 voters, 2% of the electorate, losing his deposit. The total turnout was 61% in the islands.
Read more: Local News for Friday 6th May 2016