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The SNP group in Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have declared their intention to form an administration, following their success at today’s council election, after standing on a pan-island agenda.


The SNP Group returned 7 councillors from the Butt to Barra, making them the largest group by far and with a right to form an administration and bring new governance to the Comhairle’s way of doing things.  Already, a good number of independent councillors respect this mandate and are positively engaging with the SNP group.


Speaking afterwards group leader Donald Manford said,


“Firstly, I would like to say that I am back to full health after being unwell at the count and I would like to thank the sports centre staff, paramedics and hospital staff for their excellent care.


“Some of my colleagues joked that I collapsed due to the number of votes I picked up in my ward! In reality, it was probably over-work, travel and early starts.


“The serious business now is that we are looking to form an administration composed of the SNP group and independent councillors. I thank those councillors who have already engaged with us - the largest group elected by the people -  and want to see a more transparent and accountable Comhairle. We will continue to reach out to councillors who share this view.


“One thing is clear, things must change. Let us seize this new opportunity.”

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