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.