Local News Update for Friday 12th May 2017
Candidates announced for General Election
Five candidates will contest the na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency in next month’s General Election, with the full list announced soon after the nomination deadline closed yesterday evening. In addition to Scottish Labour candidate Ealasaid MacDonald and SNP candidate Angus Brendan MacNeil, both already announced, it’s now known that there will be Scottish Conservative and Unionist, Scottish Christian Party and Scottish Liberal Democrat candidates contesting the constituency. Scottish Christian candidate John Cormack, chair of the party, will be fighting his third election in the Western Isles. Mr Cormack, who is based in Glasgow, says that 10% of church attenders voted for him at the last contest in 2015, and that Christians needed to examine their conscience to be sure what they were endorsing when casting a vote. Standing for the Scottish Conservatives and Unionists is Daniel McCroskrie of Ayr, who works as an office manager to Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron. He was previously Scottish Head of Ground Campaign for Vote Leave during the EU referendum, and says that if he is elected, he will ensure that Western Isles voters are not ‘sold short’ during the Brexit process. The Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate is James Paterson of Edinburgh.
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Local News for Friday 12th May 2017
Rising star for HebCelt
A rising young Scottish star has been confirmed as the latest artist to take the stage at this summer’s Hebridean Celtic Festival. Singer songwriter Tamzene, from Cromarty in the Black Isles, was one of the winners of the 2017 CalMac Culture Music contest, run by the ferry company, who are once again major sponsors of HebCelt this year. Like other entrants, Tamzene submitted a YouTube video to the competition website with the chance to win a performance slot at one of Scotland’s summer festivals She will now play at HebCelt along with headliners like The Waterboys, Imelda May, Dougie MacLean and Lucy Spraggan. Tamzene said: “I’m really looking forward to seeing Stornoway, and being part of another great Scottish festival. I hope to be playing to some familiar faces too.” Last month her debut single, ‘Lullaby’, was released by Belladrum Records. Tamzene was the first artist signed to the label, set up by the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. Caroline Maclennan, HebCelt’s director, said: “Tamzene is a real talent and someone we are very excited about bringing to HebCelt. Providing a platform for young musicians like Tamzene fits well with our philosophy to encourage and promote emerging artists.”
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