Politi­cians led tributes fol­low­ing the atroc­ity

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An­gus Bren­dan Mac­Neil

MP said: ‘ We are all sim­ply heart­bro­ken and thank­ful for the kind thoughts of so many peo­ple across the is­lands and beyond.

‘I can’t be­gin to imag­ine how aw­ful it is for Eilidh’s par­ents.

‘This will live with them for­ever. It’s dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend how any­one could have car­ried out an act like this.’

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP

Alas­dair Al­lan said: ‘The is­land of Barra has had to face an unimag­in­able tragedy today, as news is con­firmed that Eilidh MacLeod died as a re­sult of the ap­palling crime in Manch­ester.

‘I can­not be­gin to imag­ine the dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences this will have for her fam­ily, and can only of­fer my con­do­lences, which I know will be joined by ex­pres­sions of sym­pa­thy from Manch­ester and from around the world. The news comes as Eilidh’s friend Laura Macin­tyre is in hos­pi­tal in Manch­ester.

‘Any­one who knows Barra, will have some idea of the kind of im­pact this is go­ing to have on a small is­land com­mu­nity.

‘I know peo­ple will be keep­ing both fam­i­lies in their thoughts and prayers.’

The Con­vener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Coun­cil­lor

Nor­man A MacDon­ald, on be­half of the comhairle and the com­mu­ni­ties of the Outer He­brides ex­pressed con­do­lences to the fam­ily of Eilidh Macleod.

Mr MacDon­ald said: ‘Our thoughts and prayers are with the fam­ily and friends of Laura and Eilidh, and with all those af­fected. The comhairle, work­ing with other part­ners, is putting in place the nec­es­sary sup­port ar­range­ments for pupils and staff, and we will con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing that we can to as­sist dur­ing this very dif­fi­cult time for all con­cerned.

‘ We share the feel­ings of all those who grieve and who are suf­fer­ing as the im­pact of this atroc­ity con­tin­ues to be felt.’ In a let­ter to Andy Burn­ham, Mayor of Greater Manch­ester, Mr MacDon­ald wrote in part: ‘Peo­ple through­out the Outer He­brides were deeply sad­dened and shocked to hear of the ter­ri­ble event in Manch­ester on the even­ing of Mon­day May 22, 2017.

‘Need­less to say, our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the fam­ily and friends of all those af­fected and we can only hope the oth­ers who were in­jured make a full re­cov­ery.

‘Com­mu­ni­ties in the He­brides stand in sol­i­dar­ity with you and our thoughts will be with you all dur­ing the chal­leng­ing times ahead.’

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