BOTH the MP and the MSP for the Western Isles have been accused of 'baffling silence' over efforts to improve ferry services to Uist and Barra.

Parliamentary Labour candidate Alasdair Morrison has written to Angus MacNeil and Alasdair Allan, urging them to campaign positively for improvements, 'regardless of political affiliation'.

Mr Morrison has also called for the Lochboisdale-Mallaig route to be included as an intergral part of the tender document the Scottish Government is due to publish shortly.

In a letter to Mr MacNeil and Mr Allan, Alasdair Morrison writes: "You will be conversant with the shambolic three year winter trial your Government imposed on South Uist. It simply isn’t working. However, we should now work together to rectify the situation. 

"Councillors, community councils and tourism organisations have all stated that they want to see a proper all year trial on this route. 

"Can I ask you to publicly state that you will urge the Transport Minister Derek Mackay to put in place a meaningful trial and that he also puts the Lochboisdale - Mallaig route in the ferry tender document that will shortly be published."

Mr Morrison added: "I would also urge you to insist that the tender process be completed before the Scottish Parliament elections so that the people of theses islands can clearly see which parties and representatives are actually fighting to improve services. 

"I do hope that you will respond to this request."