The Conservative Party in the Western Isles is at its strongest in decades, those attending the Annual General Meeting of the Western Isles Association heard when the meeting took place on Monday 10th October 2016 at the County Hotel Stornoway.

Ranald Fraser, the Chairman in his annual report gave an account of the activities of the Association during the past 12 months.  He indicated that on reflection the Association had a very successful and encouraging time during this period in its history. 

The Association focussed on the Scottish Parliamentary Election which was held in May 2016.  He felt that it was a great honour and a privilege to have been selected to represent the Association as their candidate. 

He expressed his appreciation for the hard work, loyalty and dedication provided by the office bearers, members and supporters throughout the Western Isles.  The result of the effort manifested itself in the Party securing the highest share of the votes in the islands since 1970.  He also thanked those who kindly donated towards the financing of the campaign.

The chairman continued by expressing the ethics that he focussed on during the campaign.  These are the core values of conservatism, self-reliance, civic responsibility, enterprise and community cohesion which he felt were shared by the majority of our fellow islanders.  He also felt confident that our Association would continue their adherence to such principles.

Looking forward to 2017 he viewed the local elections on the horizon and he hoped that for the first time the Association would be fielding local candidates

In concluding his speech he felt encouraged at the progress the Association had made.  The membership is steadily increasing and the support throughout the islands is evident given the excellent result which was apparent in May.  He had great pleasure is asserting that the Western Isles Association is now in the strongest position it has been in for several decades and he looked forward to the further success of the Party in the future.

The Association meets regularly on a bi-monthly basis with the next meeting scheduled for 5th December when Donald Cameron MSP (Highlands and Island) will address the meeting.  A Burns Supper is planned on 3rd February 2017 and the Spring meeting is scheduled to take place in Tarbert, Isle of Harris.

Office Bearers elected for the year are:-  Chairman Ranald Fraser, Vice-Chairman Donnie Macleod, Secretary Murdoch Graham, Minute Secretary Elizabeth Macphail and Treasurer Peter Macleod.