Ealasaid MacDonald said: “There should be no hiding place in this campaign for any
candidate, and particularly the sitting MP. The electorate deserve more than slogans,
tweets and empty claims.
“The issues at stake for our islands, and the quality of representation which emerges,
are too important to be left to chance. Every voter is entitled to the offer of a
She added: “Over the next few years, the Western Isles will need committed representation
on all the distinctive island issues which will arise in the course of Brexit negotiations.
“This will require a full-time focus on the task in in hand and a willingness to
work across party lines in order to achieve the best possible outcomes.
“We need to accept the outcomes of both referendums and concentrate on the many challenges
we face in these islands. Elected representatives need to work together in the interests
of their constituents.”
Mrs MacDonald took a swipe at the SNP’s Angus Macneil saying the he has a “lot of
answering to do.”
She queried his performance over the past ten years, “in particular, his refusal
to work constructively with the local authority and other key players.”
“Given his many tweets about Mrs May’s refusal to participate in a televised debate,
I assume that he will be anxious to match words with actions and agree to my proposal
for a series of public debates throughout the Western Isles.”
Labour candidate challenges rivals to public debate
8 May 2017
Labour’s Western Isles general election candidate has called on her opponents to
join a series of public debates “to focus on issues vital to the future of the Western