Local News for Thursday 19th May 2016

Louisa raised for investigation
The wreck of the Stornoway fishing vessel Louisa has reached Glasgow after being raised from the position where she sank, near the island of Mingulay, with the loss of three lives. Crew members Martin Johnstone and Chris Morrison drowned in the incident, while skipper Paul Alliston is still missing. One crew member survived. Marine Accident Investigators issued pictures of the Louisa after she was lifted from the seabed on Sunday. The sinking is the subject of a joint investigation between the Marine Accident Investigation Board and Police Scotland. An MAIB spokesman said: "Our investigation aims to establish why the Louisa sank and why lives were lost. A full and detailed report will be published at the end of our investigation”.

Tories query Isles MP expenses
A Conservative MSP is reported to have written to the Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, asking for expenses claims made by Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil and another SNP MP to be investigated. Scottish Conservative Deputy Leader Jackson Carlaw MSP has asked the commissioner to look at expenses claimed by Mr MacNeil for hotel accommodation while in London. An SNP spokesman said that no financial impropriety had taken place.

CalMac eats local
CalMac ferries have been nominated for an award at Scotland’s Food and Drink Awards, due to be decided at an event in Edinburgh on June 2nd. The ferry operator has been nominated due to its support of food producers, which has seen it listed for the Scottish sourcing award. CalMac’s onboard development manager Anne Mitchell said: “For many of our passengers, the ferry crossing is their first introduction to the islands. The communities we serve make, grow, bake, brew and distil some truly unique and delicious items and we are delighted to give these talented producers a platform for their businesses, as well as giving our customers a true taste of the areas we represent.”