Conservative, Western Isles
I support the position of Theresa May to leave the European Union but to enter the negotiations to seek the best possible deal for the UK. That means ensuring we can continue to trade freely with our European neighbours but also get a deal that works for the whole of the UK.
In the Western Isles, both the crofting and fishing communities are keen to ensure a successful Brexit deal occurs. Only the Conservatives want to see a successful Brexit deal and, as the MP for these islands, I would work tirelessly to ensure we get a solid deal. Back in 2014, the SNP promised that the first referendum would be a once-in-a- generation vote. In fact, it signed the Edinburgh Agreement which stated that it would be ‘a result that everyone will respect’. The SNP and Nicola Sturgeon haven’t respected that vote.
They hope to rerun the referendum over and over again until they get the result they want. Labour and the Liberal Democrats have been incredibly unconvincing in their support for the Union, with Labour leader Kezia Dugdale unable to take a solid and consistent stance on the matter. The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party is now the only voice for those who do not want another referendum.
One of the biggest local issues is whether or not a subsea interconnector can be installed between the Western Isles and the mainland. The UK government rightly held a review on how it funds renewable projects in the last parliament but, unfortunately, the general election has paused the outcome. In my first year, I want to ensure the review is completed as soon as possible.