The MSP for Dumbarton and Scottish Labour Deputy Leadership candidate has been in Stornoway as part of her Scotland-wide campaign tour.

Jackie Baillie met with Labour Party members in Stornoway yesterday (Thursday 6 February) and spent the evening meeting members, talking about her vision for the future of Scottish Labour and the need to reconnect with communities in every part of Scotland.

Today (Friday 7 February), she will be visiting Outer Hebrides Tourism and Tighean Innse Gall - a not for profit which is involved in social housing developments, household energy efficiency and runs projects aimed at reducing fuel poverty.

Jackie has served in the Scottish Parliament since 1999, winning her constituency seat at every election, against the odds. She would bring a wealth of campaigning, parliamentary and ministerial experience to the job, having served in Donald Dewar’s first Scottish Government.

Jackie Baillie said: “I am delighted to be here in Stornoway, listening to local people about the issues that matter to them the most.

"If Scottish Labour wants to win across Scotland again, then we must be in tune with every part of it – not just with the big cities on the mainland.

"For too long, decisions which affect Labour members across Scotland have been made in an office in Glasgow.

"Not only must Highland and Island voices be listened to within the decision making process, they should be part of it.

"I am immensely proud of my Scottish identity and the Scottish Labour Party needs to be the party of the Scottish people again.

“Labour proudly represented the Western Isles for decades until the 2001 General Election. Since then voters have gone elsewhere. For Scottish Labour to regain that lost trust, we must never again be unclear about the two greatest issues of the day – Brexit and the constitution.

“For the party to remain relevant in Scottish politics our route back must be based on winning again in every village, town and city, the length and breadth of Scotland.

“Our Party will only regain the trust of local people and begin to win again when we put aside our differences and work together. I am asking members to put their faith in me as their deputy leader for the sake of our communities, our country and our party. A vote for me is a vote for change.”