“I appreciate that time changes but it is clear that little has been done by our
MP to assist in stemming this tide of instability and ensuring that we have control
of the key economic drivers which would breath life back in our economy.'
Mrs Macdonald is standing on a platform that the islands need change and a “new,
credible voice” to achieve the support it needs.
She said she is committed to campaigning for:
An economic deal for the islands, mirroring the current city deals, which would include
a commitment of financial investment which will provide economic stability and deliver
The monies raised by the Crown Estate to be transferred to benefit island communities.
Money which has been raised as a result of island assets, as well as the policy and
administration of the Crown Estate, should be devolved to the comhairle.
Delivery of the interconnector which has the potential to revolutionise the Western
A tourism fund to develop vital facilities and provide stability to this increasingly
Improvement of transport links across the Western Isles vital to the islands’ economic
A particular focus on the double tracking of the main roads through the islands.
Mrs Macdonald emphasised stimulating the islands’ economy will go a long way to addressing
a number of local issues we have in our islands.
She said: “In order to provide our young people with opportunities and be in a position
to care for those in need and our elderly, we must have the foundations of a varied
and active economy creating jobs, investment and long term stability.”
Stability encourages growth which in turn attracts business and people, she added.
“We have loads of assets we just need some action. I believe that our MP has had
enough chances. It is time for a fresh approach. I am willing to work across party
lines and with all organisations for the good of our islands.”
The economy is at the heart of the very survival of the Western Isles according to
Ealasaid MacDonald, Labour's candidate in the general election.
Speaking after unveiling her key pledges in Barra, Mrs MacDonald said: 'I am shocked
and concerned at the clear decline in the economy across the whole of the islands.
“Over the past 12 years our islands have gone backwards. Where are the apprenticeships
that used to keep our young people here? Where are the jobs which enabled people
to stay and raise a family? Without investment and a long term economic plan, the
islands' very survival is under threat.
Labour’s pledges to turn around Western Isles economy and address SNP “failures”