Local News for Tuesday 12th March 2019


Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has welcomed the announcement from the Scottish LEADER & PST ASSIST LEWS CASTLE INNOVATION CENTRE

LEADER funding of £30,000 has been levered in to the Innovation Centre at Lews Castle College UHI thanks mainly to the £20,000 sponsorship the centre received from PST (Point and Sandwick Trust).

One of the key principles of the community wind farm charity is to help organisations help themselves by giving them the match funding they will need to attract further investment.

Donald John MacSween, general manager of PST, said: “PST are delighted that Dr Macleod has attracted additional funding for the Innovation Centre, which is already providing a valuable resource for people to develop their ideas since opening last August.

“We see support for the centre as central to our long-term aim of providing good employment opportunities for entrepreneurs locally, and the Innovation Centre is off to a very good start.”

The centre is a training and development facility for the tech industries and aims to help people produce prototypes and business plans, to get their ideas to market. College students, staff and school pupils also use the centre – and the LEADER money will enable it to upgrade its development and testing equipment to a more sophisticated, industry-level, standard.


SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Alasdair Allan has joined with colleagues from across the political parties to oppose Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal and call for the threat of No-Deal to be taken off the table.

Speaking in the chamber during a Scottish Government debate on EU withdrawal negotiations, MSPs from the SNP, Scottish Labour, Green Party and the Liberal Democrats highlighted the growing support across Scotland for an extension to the Article 50 process to avoid a No-Deal scenario on 29th March.

In a historic move, politicians at the Welsh Assembly joined forces with Holyrood to debate the same motion simultaneously.

Political commentators have said there is currently no prospect of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal being passed by MPs at Westminster at the second attempt scheduled for today, 12th March - just 17 days before the UK is set to crash out of the EU.

Speaking during the debate Alasdair Allan said:

‘As much as 24% of the Western Isles workforce are employed in sectors that are considered most exposed to the effects of a No Deal.

‘Scotland did not vote for Brexit and we should not be dragged out of the EU against our will. Our wishes have been utterly ignored before, during and since the 2016 referendum.’