Labour candidate for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Ealasaid MacDonald, has welcomed the Conservative manifesto commitment to support "remote offshore wind" and has promised to work "across party lines" in order to see it delivered.

Ealasaid said: "This is a tribute to Comhairle nan Eilean Siar's unstinting pursuit of its renewable energy objectives for the islands with little help from other quarters.  However, there is still a long way to go before this is turned into jobs and investment.

"The first priority is to ensure that the interconnector is actually built and this depends on there being projects approved for subsidy through the Contract for Difference system.  There are still pieces of the jigsaw to be put together and that will require intensive input from all political representatives of the Western Isles.

"If elected, I will bring a completely different approach to working alongside Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and others, in order to achieve our shared goals. This project remains crucial to the islands's future economic prospects and I would give it my full commitment, no matter who is in government".

Mrs MacDonald pointed out that the cost of an interconnector would be borne by consumers throughout the United Kingdom and that renewed constitutional uncertainty would be "deeply damaging".

She said: "The Western Isles need an MP who is working for investment rather than tweeting about another independence referendum".