In the first media release since local campaigning for the General Election was put on hold after the Manchester atrocity, Ealasaid MacDonald, Labour's candidate in Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has underlined the importance of all organisations and representatives across the islands working together with the primary focus of securing our islands' future.

Ealasaid MacDonald said:'It is clear that action is needed to ensure the long term stability of our islands' economy.

"There are some exciting ideas from organisations and individuals, both public and private, which would have a positive impact on our islands.

"However, for these to be achieved we need an MP who is focused on partnership working and engaging across all sectors to facilitate change and harness opportunity.

"This approach has not been taken for the last 12 years and we can all see our islands are the worse off for it.

"I think we all have to work together, focusing on our islands, as it will take a real effort to tackle the depopulation crisis,ensuring we provide opportunities for our young people and are able to look after those in need and our elderly.

"Campaigning for our islands is not about sending out the odd press release, or a few thousand tweets, it is about focusing minds on the real asset our islands are to this country as a whole, and taking the opportunities which will allow us to regain economic stability and flourish.'