The SNP group in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar say they are actively pursuing a real
opportunity to bring about change to local politics following their election last
The top posts in the council will be voted upon on Tuesday a new Leader, Convener
and committees, the SNP Group is engaging positively with independent members on
the best way forward for the Comhairle, which could involve a new constitutional
Group leader Donald Manford said: “There is clearly a great demand for change from
the people of the Western Isles.
“This is most evident in Uist, where only one out of six sitting councillors remains.
“We now have the most real and exciting opportunity yet to effect real change. The
SNP group stand ready to support and give effect to such change.”
Their “immediate attention” is focused on who should occupy the role of convenor.
According to the SNP, the convenor should stand as the emblem of what “we seek to
achieve; bringing young families to our islands.
“We believe we should be radical in our approach and consider choosing from the youngest
amongst us for this role.
“This would be a real statement of intent in terms of the comhairle’s priorities
over the next few years.”
Mr Manford said: “It’s very difficult to change old ways.
“But even the chief executive, to his credit, mapped out how the constitution could
be altered or renewed to facilitate a modern administration, should councillors be
sufficiently bold to embrace the will of the people.”
New comhairle offers “real chance of change” say SNP group