Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP Confirm Angus MacNeil as Westminister Candidate
Na h-Eileanan an Iar’s sitting Member of Parliament Angus B MacNeil has been confirmed as the SNP’s candidate for the area. Angus was the sole nominee and was unanimously reselected by SNP branches within the constituency.
Speaking after the Western Isles Constituency Association meeting held in the Rodel Hotel, Isle of Harris, today, Angus MacNeil MP said: “It has been a privilege to serve the people of Na h-Eileanan an Iar for 10 years as an MP and I am delighted to be given the opportunity once again by the local SNP to seek the support of people across our islands in the forthcoming General Election.
“Just as the polls have moved dramatically towards the SNP nationally, we see the same with voters here saying they are moving from Labour to SNP.
"But we are taking nothing for granted.
“The SNP has a rock solid record of standing up for Scotland.
“It is completely unacceptable that people find themselves needing the support of foodbanks in a wealthy country. The fundamental problem is that the wealth is moving up the way and leaving more and more people in poverty. That is quite simply wrong, and it is these issues that the SNP have championed at Westminster and which I would continue to champion as MP.
“In January we saw the Labour Party vote with the Tories to continue austerity, with further planned cuts of 75 billion pounds, taking money from the poorest in society, and in a similar Labour/Tory pact they have voted to spend up to 100 billion pounds on the abhorrent building of new nuclear weapons. Cuts we see locally start off at Westminster.
“The SNP voted against further cuts and we voted against renewing Trident and these are the principles I will continue to follow.”
“A vow was made by Labour, the Tories and the Lib-Dems together in the final days of the referendum campaign - a vow that polls show the clear majority of people across Scotland expect to be delivered. One of my aims as MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar are to hold Westminster to account on these promises and to keep the pressure on the UK Government over the many issues that I see affecting families across our islands.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar Constituency Association SNP’s Convener, Margaret Martin said: “I am delighted to confirm the reselection of Angus MacNeil again in Na h-Eileanan an Iar. “Angus has been a hard-working and respected MP for 10 years and there are a great many issues to be dealt with in Westminster that affect each and every one of us in Na h-Eileanan an Iar and the SNP, will always argue for Scotland’s interests on every one of these issues.”