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The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has been asked to reverse the downgrading of two island branches after it announced making a profit for the first time in a decade.


Ross McEwan, chief executive of RBS, was criticised for heralding it as a “really symbolic moment.”


MP Angus B MacNeil said: “What would be symbolic would be for Mr McEwan to accept my invitation to come to Castlebay and Lochboisdale and meet the public to explain why he is presiding over the closure of the Castlebay branch and reducing the hours of the Lochboisdale branch.”


He said if RBS followed through their own logic then all branches would shut in line with the 40% fall in customers the bank say it is experiencing across the UK.


Mr MacNeil has invited Economic Secretary John Glen to Barra and South Uist to gain a better understanding about the RBS implications.


He said: “With eye-watering profits and bonuses being paid to RBS senior executives there is no excuse for branch closures.


“It is time for RBS to make amends and halt these branch closures.”



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