Ballot papers for postal voters in the Western Isles have started arriving on doormats, ready for the European Parliament election on Thursday 23 May 2019.

Malcolm Burr, Local Returning Officer, said: “When you receive your postal voting pack, make sure you read and follow the instructions carefully before completing your ballot paper.

"Don’t forget to include your date of birth and signature on the postal voting statement. 

"Follow the instructions in the pack to make sure your vote counts”

“Postal ballot papers must be received by the Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday 23 May 2019. 

Voters in the Western Isles should use the upcoming European election to send a message to Theresa May that “Scotland has had enough of being ignored”, says MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar Alasdair Allan.

The SNP launched their European campaign on Thursday May 9th as postal ballots starting going out to 750,000 voters across Scotland.

Alasdair Allan MSP said: “The Western Isles voted to Remain in the EU – just like every part of Scotland. But we face the prospect of a shambolic Tory Brexit that threatens to have a devastating impact on living standards, our public services, and the economy.

“Since the referendum, I’ve spoken with people who voted to leave and I can understand – though obviously not agree with –their reasons for doing so. However, the promises which were made simply do not match the chaotic reality unfolding before everyone’s eyes. That is why more and more people are calling for Brexit to be stopped.

“On May the 23rd by voting SNP, people can send a clear and unequivocal message to Theresa May: Scotland’s future lies in Europe and Scotland has had enough of being ignored.

“Since Winnie Ewing was elected to the European Parliament for the Highlands and Islands forty years ago, the islands have had strong SNP advocates in Brussels.

"I want to take this opportunity in particular to recognise the work done for the islands’ fishing and crofting interests by Ian Hudghton MEP, who is standing down at this election.”

The SNP’s six candidates – three men and three women – are led by Alyn Smith, who has been an MEP since 2004. Christian Allard, who was born in France, is second on the list of candidates, followed by the party’s former environment minister Aileen McLeod, ex-Rutherglen and Hamilton West MP Margaret Ferrier, Scottish Borders councillor Heather Anderson, and SNP national executive committee member Alex Kerr.

Here's a full list of candidates:

The photograph shows Alasdair Allan MSP at the European Parliament with retiring Scottish MEP Ian Hudghton.