Thanks to elec­torate from can­di­dates Ian Black­ford MP, Ross, Skye and Lochaber.

The Oban Times - - Letters -

Sir, I would like to ex­press my thanks to ev­ery­one who voted for me in the re­cent gen­eral elec­tion.

It is a priv­i­lege once again to rep­re­sent the peo­ple of Ross, Skye and Lochaber in West­min­ster and it will my plea­sure to work for all in the con­stituency, en­sur­ing that I am a strong voice on is­sues af­fect­ing this area.

In ad­di­tion to main­tain­ing of­fices in Ding­wall and Fort Wil­liam, where in­quiries can be made, I will con­tinue to hold reg­u­lar surg­eries where I can meet con­stituents in per­son to hear and act upon any is­sues or con­cerns raised. Sir, I would like to ex­press my sin­cere grat­i­tude to the peo­ple of the West­ern Isles for the way they re­sponded to my bid to seek elec­tion – not just those who voted for me, but also to those who re­acted to me in a pos­i­tive man­ner, even though their vote lay else­where.

I started the cam­paign with lit­tle recog­ni­tion and I am proud to say that by the end peo­ple were ap­proach­ing me in the su­per­mar­ket to dis­cuss the is­sues fac­ing our is­lands.

I be­lieve I made a strong case for change in the is­lands and I stand by the ap­proach I took. I be­lieve in our is­lands and our po­ten­tial. Over and over again, on the doorsteps, peo­ple ex­pressed con­cern about the im­pact talk of a sec­ond in­de­pen­dence ref­er­en­dum was hav­ing on our com­mu­ni­ties and our coun­try. I agree. I re­spect peo­ple who have a strong be­lief in a cause, even though I do not share their be­lief. How­ever, some­times we must set that to one side to en­sure that our com­mu­ni­ties are not jeop­ar­dised.

The cam­paign was short and very dif­fi­cult. The worst of hu­man­ity hit our is­lands which showed the very best of our is­lands. I don’t think any of us will for­get this.

So, five weeks af­ter start­ing, I found that 5,000 of my fel­low is­landers had put their faith in me and crossed the box next to my name.

I promised you that if you gave me your vote then I would fight for the is­lands. I was not elected, but I will carry on fight­ing. Please con­tinue to come and chat in the su­per­mar­ket, or any­where else, be­cause I am go­ing to do ev­ery­thing I can to en­sure our is­lands have a vi­able fu­ture. Eala­said MacDon­ald, Labour can­di­date for the West­ern Isles. Sir, I write to thank ev­ery­one who voted for me in the Gen­eral Elec­tion, all those who worked for my cam­paign and all who helped run the elec­tion. I con­grat­u­late Bren­dan O’Hara on be­ing re-elected as our MP and wish him all the best in his job of rep­re­sent­ing Ar­gyll and Bute in the House of Com­mons. Alan Reid, LibDem can­di­date for Ar­gyll and Bute, Fairhaven, Dunoon.

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