Local News for Tuesday 25th July 2017
Corbyn visit indicates ‘winnable’ seat
A visit to the Western Isles in August by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn indicates that Na h-Eileanan an Iar is one of the seats considered winnable by Scottish Labour. The Western Isles constituency party told followers at the weekend that they were delighted and looking forward to welcoming Mr Corbyn, and that his visit to the islands highlights commitment to reaching out as Labour seeks to promote an alternative to the Conservative Government in Westminster. Media reported a Labour supporter backlash during the recent General Election campaign, after Labour spokesmen in several constituencies suggested traditional Labour voters should tactically vote Conservative to keep the SNP out of seats. In the Western Isles, support for the successful SNP candidate, Angus MacNeil fell, and votes for Labour increased, but there was also an increase in Conservative support. Mr Corbyn is to tour Scotland in August, with the Western Isles just one of the constituencies now described as ‘marginal’ by Scottish Labour.
Read more: Local News for Tuesday 25th July 2017
Local News for Monday 24th July 2017
Crowds come out on sunny Saturday
Blue skies, sunshine and crowds of people created a memorable weekend for shows and events in Stornoway and beyond on Saturday. With temperatures up to 22 degrees the streets of Stornoway sizzled with life and excitement, street circus and buskers. A second day of sunshine for Hebridean Celtic Festival brought the crowds out into the open at the Castle Green, with performances enjoyed not just within the tents, but outside on rugs and deckchairs too. One dedicated fan of the band Tidelines, who played on the LWP Islands Stage on Thursday evening, got a treat at the weekend when she was visited in hospital by Robert Robertson and Alasdair Turner, who had heard that she wouldn’t be able to make the gig after being taken ill. Dougie Maclean also made Friday his chance to mingle with the crowds in the circus tent and around the festival arena, and Lucy Spraggan celebrated her birthday on Friday backstage, with a cake especially supplied by HebCelt organisers.
On Saturday at Stornoway Harbour the RNLI funday got underway at 11am as runners set off for the Family 5k. Winners of the Round Table trophy for most family members across the finishing line were the MacIver/Murrays with 12 runners, walkers and toddlers. Later the annual emergency services tug-of-war saw the Coastguard team soundly beaten by the Fire Brigade, who in turn lost against Stornoway RNLI. The lifeboat crew triumphantly retained the Sportsworld Emergency Services Tug O'War trophy for another year, but there was a cheer for the fire brigarde too as their pagers sounded as soon as they dropped the rope, and they sped off along the pier with lights flashing.
Read more: Local News for Monday 24th July 2017