An ex­cel­lent start to par­lia­men­tary ca­reer

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I’m writ­ing to praise the is­land tour cur­rently be­ing un­der­taken by our new MP, Bren­dan O’Hara who vis­ited Colon­say at the end of Au­gust.

Mr O’Hara made it his busi­ness to lis­ten to the con­cerns of as many is­lan­ders as pos­si­ble. This was in spite of hav­ing to make him­self avail­able for an in­ter­view by BBC 4’s ‘To­day’ pro­gramme con­cern­ing Ge­orge Os­bourne’s an­nounce­ment about fu­ture fund­ing for Tri­dent.

Mr O’Hara made an ex­cel­lent im­pres­sion on those to whom he spoke: he seemed like an in­tel­li­gent and com­pas­sion­ate man.

He has made an ex­cel­lent start to his par­lia­men­tary ca­reer and, by vis­it­ing even the small­est is­lands, has demon­strated his com­mit­ment to lo­cal democ­racy.

I am de­lighted to be rep­re­sented by some­one who will en­sure that the voice of Scot­land, and in par­tic­u­lar the voices of his new con­stituents, will be clearly heard in the House of Com­mons.

Scott Weather­stone, Colon­say.

Se­nior coun­cil of­fi­cers must up their skills

Sir, When Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil­lor Dun­can MacIn­tyre claimed in the Oban Times of Au­gust 27 that ‘any loss of staff in the lo­cal au­thor­ity would have an im­pact on ser­vices de­liv­ered’, he did not of­fer any ev­i­dence to sup­port this.

As your news­pa­per high­lighted in Fe­bru­ary 2014, coun­cil staff take an ad­di­tional two weeks of paid hol­i­day as ‘sick leave’. That is five per cent of the an­nual work­load so by stop­ping this, the au­thor­ity could af­ford to

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