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More islanders have joined the local party the meeting heard.


Donald Cameron, Conservative MSP for the Highlands and Islands, praised the association for their dedication and support over the last year.  


He discussed with the members present a number of issues over developments taking place both at government level and particular issues relating to the Western Isles.


Mr Cameron gave an account of his work during the past year, his visits to the area and the surgeries he held both in Stornoway and in Tarbert also his visit to Uist.  


Details of various meetings he held in the area were noted as well as his proposed visitation programme to the Western Isles in the coming months.


The association is looking at ways and means of fundraising during the coming year.  


Office bearers for the new term were duly elected.


The association which meets regularly, generally on a bi-monthly basis, drafted out a strategy and programme for the next 12 months.

Social events were also identified including a Christmas Dinner and a Burns Supper.  

The members present agreed that some of the meetings in the future could be less official in nature and as such an informal meeting is scheduled to take place on 9th November.

The election of the first Conservative councillor to be elected to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar polishes off “one of the finest years” in the history of local party, its annual meeting heard.


The Western Isles’ Scottish Conservative association also expressed delight with a growth in the electorate’s support - achieving 16.5% of islanders’ votes at the snap general election in June.


Their candidate Dan McCroskrie secured 2,441 votes - up 9% since 2015 and their best share of results since Roddy M Macleod stood in 1970.  


It was felt that this achievement was primarily due to the pro-active efforts of the association in the past few years.

Local Conservatives celebrate their “finest year” in recent history

17 Sept 2017