A packed audience, largely female, welcomed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon this morning (Monday March 6) to Stornoway with a breakfast event at An Lanntair arts centre which aimed to look at the progress of women in politics and society as a whole.
Nicola Sturgeon was introduced by An Lanntair chief executive Ellie Fletcher who thanked her for being able to make time to come to Stornoway and launch the series of events this month which An Lanntair is holding to mark International Women’s Day.

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An Lanntair visit in pictures


First Minister - "I wish I had got married here!"

“I have to say, sitting here today I almost feel sorry that I am already married because I cannot think of a more beautiful and stunning location anywhere in Scotland to have a wedding.”

The sentiments of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as she officially opened the new £19.5 million Lews Castle Museum and Archive project in Stornoway this afternoon. 

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First Minister's Lews Castle visit in pictures

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Sturgeon announces funding for island companies to hire apprentices

Companies in the Western Isles will be eligible for additional support to help them employ Modern Apprentices.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed 11 eligible areas for the Rural Supplement ahead of visiting IA & C Maciver in Stornoway, who employ two Modern Apprentices, on the first day of Scottish Apprenticeship Week. 

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