Former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, joined Labour's Western Isles candidate Alison MacCorquodale to launch the Campaign Van that will be her mobile headquarters until December 12th.

Alison said: "We decided that a static office in Stornoway was a bit old-fashioned and that the emphasis should be on reaching out to every corner of the constituency. The Campaign Van will make that a lot easier and I am looking forward to meeting as many people as possible.

"It was great to have Alistair joining us on the campaign trail. He has strong Lewis connections and knows how vital it is to have an MP putting forward the case for our very distinctive needs, no matter who is in government".

Alistair Darling said: "I am delighted to support Alison who is an excellent candidate.  As the veteran of many elections I think it is a great idea in a constituency like this to have a mobile HQ which allows her to make maximum use of  time meeting constituents and hearing at first-hand about issues and concerns".

Having led the Better Together campaign in 2014, Alistair believes that "the last thing Scotland needs now is another divisive referendum with so many urgent and important issues to address, with a direct bearing on families and communities in the Western Isles"  

He said: "We were told by Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon in 2014 that it was a once in a generation vote but the ink was hardly dry before they started all over again.  There is no case at present for another referendum".