Local News for Tuesday 28th June 2016
Politicians to Isles settlers – you are welcome
Politicians yesterday moved to reassure European incomers to the Western Isles that their place in the islands is valued and important, regardless of future political developments. MSP Alasdair Allan offered to meet constituents who are concerned about the implications to them of the UK's stated intention of taking Scotland out of the European Union. The Western Isles voted to Remain in the EU by 55% of the vote – alongside every other local authority area in Scotland. Dr Allan, who serves as Europe minister in the Scottish government, said: “For citizens of other EU countries living in the islands, I appreciate that this is a worrying and uncertain time, not least because there is no obvious plan on the part of the UK government at present to deal with their situation. I want to make very clear how much I value the contribution of people from around Europe, who have put down roots in the islands and who have made this home for their families. There are a number of areas of the island economy, both private and public sector, which would be very much worse off without your contribution. Like, I suspect most people in the islands, I want you to stay.” Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil headed for Westminster yesterday, as Parliament met for the first time since the result. He also pledged support for EU settlers in the Western Isles, saying that it was his priority to reassure European citizens living in the constituency. He said: “You are welcome and valued in our communities. I have already reassured some people personally in my constituency that I am on their side, the SNP is on their side and they will remain in Scotland. They are valued equally with everybody else for as long as they choose and in reality the islands need all the people we can get. I will endeavour to write to as many EU nationals living in Na h-Eileanan an Iar as possible over the coming weeks to reiterate that message.”
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Local News for Monday 27th June 2016
Pipe Band Champions come home
Lewis Pipe Band returned victorious from the European Pipe Band Championships on yesterday’s evening ferry, bringing home a trophy and the title of European Champions. The band contested at the competition in Forres at grade 3a for the first time, after having been promoted just this year. Three of the four adjudicators ranked them first out of the 10 competing bands in their grade, which included the City of Inverness Pipe Band and other bands from England, Scotland and the Netherlands.
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