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.
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Local News for Thursday 5th May 2016
The polls are open
47 polling stations around the Western Isles are now open for voters in the Scottish Parliamentary Election. The polling places range from community halls to a bowling club and will remain open until 10pm today. Voters will be asked to cast two votes, one for a constituency MSP for na h-Eileanan an Iar, and one to decide who will be the list representatives for the Highlands and Islands. Once polls close tonight, counting begins at Lewis Sports Centre, where an announcement on the constituency result is expected sometime after 1am. Ballot boxes from Barra are being transported by sea and road to Benbecula, from where a chartered plane will bring all the ballot boxes from the Uists and Barra to Stornoway. In the event of bad weather or any other reason for delay, a boat is on stand-by to cross the Sound of Harris, but this would significantly delay the declaration in the islands.
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