Labour candidate for Na h-Eileanan Siar, Alasdair Morrison, has written to the SNP urging them to support him in a cross-party initiative that would focus on improving ferry services to Uist and Barra. He has also demanded that the Lochboisdale – Mallaig route be an integral part of the tender document the Scottish Government is due to publish shortly.
See text of letter to Alasdair Allan MSP and Angus MacNeil MP below:
Dear Angus and Alasdair
Sadly, you have failed to reply to any of my reasonable requests to co-operate on a cross-party basis on issues of importance to the people and communities of our islands. Notwithstanding your baffling silence on these matters it is my intention to campaign positively and work with any like minded person, regardless of political affiliation.
Can I once again appeal to you to support our communities and insist that the Lochboisdale-Mallaig ferry route be part of the tender document the Edinburgh Government is putting together? You will be conversant with the shambolic three year winter trial your Government imposed on South Uist. It simply isn’t working. However, we should now work together to rectify the situation. Councillors, community councils and tourism organisations have all stated that they want to see a proper all year trial on this route. Can I ask you to publicly state that you will urge the Transport Minister Derek Mackay to put in place a meaningful trial and that he also puts the Lochboisdale – Mallaig route in the ferry tender document that will shortly be published.
I would also urge you to insist that the tender process be completed before the Scottish Parliament elections so that the people of theses islands can clearly see which parties and representatives are actually fighting to improve services.
I do hope that you will respond to this request.
Leis gach deagh dhùrachd,