Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP, Angus Brendan MacNeil is pressing the UK Government to support renewable energy projects in the islands.

On Tuesday 18 July, Mr MacNeil will meet Richard Harrington MP, Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Angus MacNeil MP said: “Locational price modelling is ruining the chances of island renewables wind projects.

“The islands need to be considered as a distinct category open for CfDs (Contracts for difference) to make wind projects in the islands viable.

"The Tory manifesto stated  “We will support the development of wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland, where they will directly benefit local communities”, they must stick to their manifesto promise to ensure there will be island CfDs.

“On Tuesday 18 July, I will be meeting with Richard Harrington MP to again highlight the urgent need for action to allow renewable energy projects in the islands the opportunity to progress.”

Meanwhile, the Western Isles Labour Party has thanked the Orkney and Shetland MP, Alistair Carmichael, for securing a House of Commons debate on the crucial issue of interconnectors for remote islands renewables.

Mr Carmichael has called for a cross-party approach to build on the Conservative manifesto commitment to support remote islands wind developments and link them to the National Grid by interconnector.

Labour candidate at the recent election, Ealasaid MacDonald, said: "This is exactly what I advocated during the election campaign. We need a constructive approach on a cross-party basis to build on the Tories' manifesto pledge, in order to secure a crucial economic benefit for our community.

"This debate was an excellent opportunity to demonstrate solidarity not only across party lines but also between our own islands and the ones which Alistair Carmichael represents. We all face the same basic issues.

"It is obviously disappointing that the MP for the Western Isles failed to turn up for the debate and his constituents might wonder why he could not be present at his place of work at 4 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon. Fortunately, MPs of other parties were there to press the case".

Mrs MacDonald said that she welcomed a commitment from the new Energy Minister, Richard Harrington, to visit the islands and that she would continue to support the efforts of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar to secure the interconnector.