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Isles MP Angus MacNeil is celebrating six months as an independent MP after parting with the SNP.

The veteran MP insists it is business as usual representing constituents despite losing the SNP party machinery.

Mr MacNeil said: “My constituents will not have noticed any difference as I have continued to assist with hundreds of individual constituency cases each month and represent the islands strongly in the House of Commons; my workload is the same.

“My role as an MP has not changed without an affiliation to a political party; I have been as active with parliament, the Government, and other bodies as I ever was. Some might say that it allows me greater freedom to make decisions which are right for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, but I was doing that anyway on matters such as retaining jobs at Benbecula and Stornoway airports and opposing the Scottish Government until they U-turned on the daft Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMA) proposals.”

The only real difference on a day-to-day basis is on votes in parliament and party guidance. The lack of party affiliation has not changed the way, states Mr MacNeil; he remains  95% on SNP lines as his political views have not changed, voting consistently for a ceasefire in Gaza.

“As an independent MP, I am on the side of islanders and put the islands at the forefront of all that I do without any hindrance of party politics,” explains the Isles MP.

“Scotland could do so much better as an independent country, but in not pursuing independence and following previously failed policies for independence, the SNP are failing and selling Scotland short. Labour, as anyone can see, are much the same as the Conservatives and do not have Scotland as a priority.

“I will continue to stand up for my constituency of Na h-Eileanan an Iar and press for independence for Scotland. Independence has been better for me as an MP, and at a different level and form, independence will also be better for Scotland.”