Angus MacNeil MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar has praised Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for organising an online workshop tomorrow night (Tuesday) to inform and encourage women in the Western Isles to stand in the upcoming Local Government elections.

So far over 70 have signed up to the workshop which will be held online with representatives from Elect Her, an organisation working to motivate, support and equip women to stand for political office, who will be present to provide advice and answer questions.

Mr MacNeil said: “I commend Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for organising this workshop and it is encouraging to see so many women in the Western Isles signing up.

“Local Governments make decisions on matters affecting everyday life including schools, home care, roads and much more and it is important for the Comhairle’s Council members to fully represent the people of the islands.”

The last Census in 2011 found that 50.6% of the Western Isles population is female.

The workshop will take place on Microsoft Teams and a link is provided to those who have registered. The Comhairle have issued a last reminder for those who wish to take part to register now by visiting: