SNP candidate for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan, met on Friday with members of Upper Coll Common Grazings Committee to hear about their concerns over the recent decision of the Crofting Commission to remove the committee from office. 

Alasdair Allan has also met with members of the former Mangersta Grazings Committee regarding their removal from office by the Commission late last year.

Commenting, Alasdair Allan said: "Knowing the members of the committee as I do, who all live nearby me, I can readily understand why they are taken aback by this move by the Crofting Commission.

"The local MP, Angus MacNeil, and myself met with them on Friday and both of us have written to The Crofting Commission Chief Executive asking them to explain this.

"It does trouble me that a well-run Common Grazings Committee like this should be subject to such drastic action and I have made my feelings clear on this to the Commission. I hope the Crofting Commission will now offer to meet with Committee members who I know all along have been only too anxious to provide them with any information the Commission may need.

"Over a number of months I have also sought to raise concerns which members of the former Grazings Committee in Mangersta, Uig have had with their own dealings with the Crofting Commission and I hope that the Commission will similarly learn from this local experience."