Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington MP flew out of Stornoway airport this morning (Friday July 12th) after an unannounced visit to Lewis and Harris yesterday.

Mr Lidington, who is MP for Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, visited island businesses and briefed the island’s Conservative Party executive committee during a whistle-stop tour of the Highlands and Islands. He flew in yesterday afternoon after a visit to Moray and is today in Oban.

The deputy PM made calls to the Isle of Harris Distillery and Stornoway Coastguard operations control centre, before an evening meeting at the County Hotel with members of the local Conservative Party executive committee.

The executive committee quizzed Mr Lidington on ‘matters of current topical interest’ including Brexit and the Conservative Party leadership contest. Local party chairman Ranald Fraser said: “"It was a pleasure to meet with Mr Lidington who is one of the most highly respected and influential MPs in Westminster. We were delighted to catch up with him informally and chat about the islands and matters further afield. We had a very pleasant and informative evening.

“He is a statesman of the old style who was advisor to Douglas Hurd in the late 1980s, so he is very experienced and would not be drawn on matters connected with current affairs.”

The picture shows Western Isles Conservative Party chair Ranald Fraser with Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington during yesterday’s visit.