Published: Wednesday, 08 October 2014 07:30
SNP membership doubles
Scottish National Party membership in the Western Isles has more than doubled since the Referendum on September 18th, according to the islands’ Stornoway-based SNP office. The number of card-carrying members has jumped by more than 300, to 520, at the same time as 50,000 new people throughout Scotland joined. Membership of the SNP nationally is now at 78,000. MSP Alasdair Allan, who led the unsuccessful Independence campaign locally, said: “Nobody could have predicted that there would be this huge surge of people wanting to join the SNP. The party's membership in the islands has swollen to over twice its size of just a few days ago and this total continues to rise by the day. The referendum campaign has energised and motivated a new generation of people to become politically active in a way many have never been before."
Read more: Local News for Wednesday 8th October 2014
Published: Tuesday, 07 October 2014 07:30
BT admits a fault
BT yesterday admitted that there was a fault in the island broadband network which needed to be worked on. The company’s customer help web-page yesterday showed a fault on the 01851 code, which stated: “We're really sorry but we've got a problem at the moment in the Stornoway area, which means that some of our customers will be having trouble getting online. We're trying to fix the problem as quickly as we can.” The initial time for completion of the fix was given as 6pm, but this time passed without the ‘fault’ being resolved. Increasingly vocal social media campaigners were watching progress around the islands as engineers seemed to be at work in Newmarket and Tong amongst other areas. The online petition at change.org yesterday hit 1056 signatures, with more being added by the hour.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 7th October 2014