2.06am Declaration expected soon. SNP likely to win with reduced majority
1.40am SNP expected a reduced majority but no way by the figures that appear to
be emerging here in Stornoway.
1.39am Tense situation for the SNP in the Western Isles. The outcome looks pretty
tight but they seem likely to slide home albeit with a heavily dented majority.
1.38am SNP’s Angus Macneil looking relieved after first look at Uist and Barra ballot
1.33am Labour camp buzzing around the tables while most of the SNP camp has retreated
to the back of the hall.
1.24am SNP’s Angus MacNeil had a 4102 majority in 2015. Labour is eroding that figure
1.22am Southern Isles papers are being verified.
1.20am Uist and Barra ballot boxes have arrived. Counting hall is a hive of activity
1.06am All quiet here in the election counting centre in Stornoway sports centre.
Awaiting the plane to arrive with ballot boxes from the Southern Isles. They will
have to be opened and verified first before counting can begin
1.02am SNP on a knife edge in Western Isles. Ballot boxes from Uist and Barra may
rally their hopes. Many worried looking faces in the SNP camp. Their majority is
down but by how much? Is it enough to win?
00.58am Labour on a high here in Stornoway. Even if they lose, Labour candidate Ealasaid
MacDonald is giving the SNP a hammering for the first time in years.
00.48am Western Isles SNP hope to draw some comfort from postal votes.
00.26am SNP in trouble in Western Isles. SNP activists looking very glum indeed.
00.12am Plane has left Benbecula with Southern Isles ballot boxes. Due Stornoway
00.08 This election may be looking tight at present for Western Isles SNP.
00.06am Labour candidate Ealasaid MacDonald has a big grin on her face in the counting
centre in Stornoway.
00.02am Initial soundings suggest Labour seems to be seriously chasing the SNP in
the Western Isles. If the rest of the ballot boxes follow the same pattern Angus
B Macneil may lose a good chunk of his majority.
00.01am Stornoway boxes all counted.
23.41pm All ballot boxes from Lewis and Harris have arrived in the Stornoway counting
22.35pm Barra Boxes have arrived on Eriskay and are now being transported to Balivanich
23.23pm Counting begins for votes from Point, North Tolsta, Back and Tong
23.01pm Verification process for Point area ballot slips gets underway
22.47pm Ballot slips for Stornoway have been verified and counting is commencing.
22.45pm Ballot boxes from Barra due to set off by boat across the Sound of Barra
to Eriskay. There there will be transported - collecting South Uist boxes on the
way - to Benbecula. Ballot boxes from North Uist and Benecula will also be driven
to the airport. A plane from Hebridean Airways has been charted to fly the Uist and
Barra boxes to Stornoway.
10.05pm First ballot box - for Stornoway South ward - arrives at counting centre
10.02pm Counters patiently waiting in the counting hall at the Stornoway sports centre.