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The Western Isles need serious political representation instead of becoming collateral damage in the SNP’s chaotic civil war, the Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Ian Murray MP says.

Speaking ahead of a visit to support Labour candidate Torcuil Crichton’s campaign to win the Na h-Eileanan an Iar constituency back for Labour, the Shadow Scottish Secretary says the islands deserve better than being treated as a playground by nationalist politicians.

Mr Murray, who is due to spend two days in Lewis with Torcuil Crichton, accused First Minister Humza Yousaf and rogue MP Angus MacNeil of taking island voters for granted.

Mr MacNeil continues to taunt his former party's leadership that it is “clueless” about independence and seems to be claiming he will stand as a nationalist candidate at the next general election.

Ian Murray says: “Humza Yousaf is such a weak leader that he cannot even organise to replace Angus MacNeil with an SNP candidate.

"Meanwhile Mr MacNeil seems to think he can use an expired SNP mandate from islanders to do battle in the SNP civil war.”

 “The SNP shenanigans in the islands have to stop. The Western Isles cannot become collateral damage or be used as a political playground by nationalists and it is disrespecting island voters to treat them as pawns in the SNP’s civil war.

“Labour has a fantastic local candidate in Torcuil Crichton who will stand up for the islands at Westminster.”

Torcuil says: “What the voters of the Western Isles deserve is serious representation at national level on the issues that are important to them.”

“From the state of the ferries to the cost of living, from NHS services and teenage mental health to the future of their families and communities, people need to be connected to a Labour government which is on their side and an MP who will pursue their concerns instead of wasting time on party political vendettas.”

Ian Murray is undertaking a number of engagements in the Western Isles today and tomorrow (August 24-25) including talks with business and community leaders. He is due to hold a public meeting in Stornoway’s County Hotel with Torcuil tonight.