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Political parties in Scotland are scrambling to get their electoral messaging sorted out, after the sudden announcement yesterday afternoon (Wednesday 22 May) of a UK General Election.

Five parties have so far declared candidates for the Na -h-Eileanan an Iar constituency in the ballot, to be held six weeks today, on 4 July 2024.

Declared as candidates are:

  • Donald Macleod Boyd – Scottish Christian Party
  • Torcuil Crichton – Scottish Labour Party
  • Jamie Dobson – Scottish Liberal Democrat Party
  • Angus Brendan MacNeil – independent candidate
  • Susan Thomson – Scottish National Party (SNP).

All candidates must be nominated by Friday 7 June, and the list of who is standing will be published shortly afterwards.

(Candidates comments after the election was called are reported here)

Electors must be registered to vote by 18 June.

This can be done at

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 19 June, and this can be done by completing the form at

The electoral registration office in Stornoway is at 42 Point Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, HS1 2XF. Tel: 01851 619179 or e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has also set the local government by-election for the Na Hearadh ward, vacated due to the resignation of former councillor Grant Fulton, for the same day.

More information on local arrangements concerning the General Election and the by-election can be found at

For further information about the General Election timetable and voting details, go to: