Local News for Tuesday 20th March 2018
Island fishing industry ‘sold out’
Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan has joined the First Minister in condemning what he called the UK Government's "sell-out” of Scotland's fishing industry. His comments came after yesterday’s Westminster government announcement that Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) rules will continue to apply throughout the Brexit transition period, which ends in December 2020. Dr Allan said that the decision meant island fishermen would be left with nothing from the Brexit deal, despite being promised that Britain would leave the CFP in March 2019 by Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson MSP. He said: “We know now that this was simply conjecture, and today's events give the lie to her claim that her MPs 'have the ear of government.' The CFP is something which needs fundamentally reformed, or scrapped altogether. This transition deal however delivers nothing for our island fishermen. It is shameful that at this stage of negotiations, the Tories have sold out the fishing communities here in the islands, and right across Scotland, once again."
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Local News for Monday 19th March 2018
HebCelt ‘best in Scotland’
Hebridean Celtic Festival has been crowned with another honour, winning the award for best cultural event or festival at the Scottish tourism 'Oscars' – the prestigious Scottish Thistle awards. Judges praised the Hebridean Celtic Festival for delivering "an internationally acclaimed event" and noted its record-breaking attendance figures in 2016. Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: "This is another fantastic honour for everyone connected to the festival, including our audience, sponsors, supporters, volunteers and community. Getting this recognition from the tourism industry underlines the festival's drawing power for visitors, many of whom use the event as a starting point for a longer visit to the Outer Hebrides. As well as its cultural significance, it is also a huge economic driver for the islands." Alan MacKenzie, Island Manager at VisitScotland, said: "I would like to say a massive congratulations to Hebridean Celtic Festival on being crowned the best in Scottish tourism.
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