Local News for Friday 26th April 2019


Stornoway is set for its first ever pro-Scottish Independence march this Saturday and local SNP MSP Alasdair Allan is excited to be taking part.
In recent years hundreds of independence marches have taken place all over Scotland. This Saturday’s march, organised by the group Outer Hebrides For Independence, was created to allow pro-independence supporters from the islands to take place in an independence march closer to home.
Everyone who wishes to attend is more than welcome. The march has been planned as a family-friendly day with live music, speakers, stalls and face painting.
The 35 piece Indy Pipe Band Saor Alba is coming up from the mainland and this will be their first march here in the Islands. Ceilidhs for attendees will also be held in the evening, with the ceilidh at the golf club being pay on the door.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan MSP said:
“It’s really exciting to see an activity of this kind taking place in Stornoway. It promises to be a fun day out for everyone, and I hope that as many independence-supporting islanders as possible will be able to attend.
“With marches for independence now taking place the length and breadth of Scotland, the UK Government can be in no doubt of the significant and growing appetite there is for Scotland to take control of its own affairs.
“I passionately believe that Scotland will flourish as an independent country free to make its own decisions, and I think we are at the point where a majority of people in Scotland believe that too.” The gathering point for the march is Old Acres Rugby Pitch across from the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar offices on Sandwick Road. People will be able to gather from noon onwards with the march itself to begin at 2pm. The march will be using only one lane of the road on Sandwick Rd onto Matheson Rd and from the Spar roundabout to the bottom of Kenneth St. The march will then have a full road closure from Kenneth St up to castle St where it will return to being a single lane closure back to the Rally point. The march will have a police car leading at the front and one following behind. Stewards will walk with the march to help ensure safety.



Scots who currently live in another EU country, but who hope to come back to live in Scotland one day, will find it much harder to bring family members with them when they return, if and when the UK leaves the EU.
That is the prospect facing thousands of Scots as a consequence of the UK Government’s proposals for UK citizens in the EU post Brexit.
Scottish Government Minister for Europe, Migration and International Development Ben Macpherson said:
‘UK citizens living in the EU deserved guarantees from the UK Government about their rights to return home with family members if and when the UK leaves the EU.
He continued:
‘Under UK Government proposals, due to come into effect in 2022, someone with a non-UK national spouse and children will no longer be allowed to return to Scotland with his or her family unless strict financial thresholds are met. This is unfair.
‘Scots who want to return to Scotland from elsewhere in the EU should be able to bring their families with them, no matter how much they earn.’