Highlands and Islands MSP, Donald Cameron, has welcomed the Conservatives’ General Election manifesto commitment to 'support the development of wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland'.

The manifesto promises to offer support to future wind projects giving real hope for the development of projects in the Western Isles and other Scottish islands.

The manifesto states: “We want to see a diverse range of sources for Britain’s energy production, because a diverse energy economy is the best way to stimulate innovation, and also to ensure that we are getting the right generation in the right place. For instance, while we do not believe that more large-scale onshore wind power is right for England, we will maintain our position as a global leader in offshore wind and support the development of wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland, where they will directly benefit local communities.”

Donald Cameron MSP said: “I wholeheartedly welcome the announcement by Theresa May that remote island wind projects in Scotland will receive the backing of the UK Government if the Conservatives are returned to power. Whilst the manifesto recognises the days of large-scale mainland windfarms are over, there is a place for wind power in a balanced energy approach so long as those living in the area do not hold significant objections.”

“Theresa May clearly recognises the important economic impact that such renewable energy projects will have for communities in places like the Western Isles and I am delighted to offer my support to this. It shows that a UK Government led by Theresa May will continue to deliver for the remote islands of Scotland, ”

“I have met with many constituents, communities, and businesses, both in the Western Isles and at Holyrood, who have told me that they want this to happen, and as a result I have initiated discussions with members of the UK government on the issue over the last few months. I would urge people to vote Conservative on June 8th to allow this positive manifesto commitment to become a reality.”