Local News for Thursday 1st June 2017
SNP will not campaign in Uist and Barra
Election posters have been taken down in Uist and Barra, after the local SNP branch decided to end campaigning for the rest of the pre-election period. SNP candidate Angus MacNeil is a Barra native, and closely connected with the families of Eilidh Macleod, who died following last week's bomb atrocity in Manchester, and her friend Laura Macintyre, who remains seriously ill in hospital. The Convener of the Uist and Barra branch of the SNP, Michael A MacLeod, said that the branch had decided to permanently discontinue General Election campaigning, 'In light of the recent tragic events in Manchester, following consultation with local activists and other political parties.'
Read more: Local News for Thursday 1st June 2017
Local News for Tuesday 30th May 2017
Laura speaks to her parents
Laura Macintyre has spoken to her parents for the first time since sustaining critical injuries during the Manchester bombing last Monday. The 15-year-old Barra schoolgirl was injured, and her friend Eilidh Macleod sustainaed fatal injuries, on Monday night last week. Parents Nan and Micheal Macintyre, who have stayed by her bedside in Manchester, say she is making ‘remarkable progress’ and has been taken off a ventilator, allowing her to speak to them for the first time. In a statement, they said they had been ‘overwhelmed’ by love, help and support from everyone. . They said: “Laura sustained horrendous injuries. The main worries being head and leg injury. She is making remarkable progress. Today she came off the ventilator and is talking and recognising us. She is amazing us every day with her strength and determination. We have a long way to go but we are going in the right direction. We are so lucky to have her. The hospital and the staff are amazing."
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 30th May 2017