Pictured: Angus MacNeil MP.
Following the announcement today of progress in the HIAL talks, Na h-Eileanan an Iar MP, Angus MacNeil said:
“It is good to see that HIAL and the union Prospect are moving towards the right outcome.
“It was certainly worth defending these airport jobs and I am pleased that political colleagues of all parties, across the Highlands and Islands, joined with myself and Alister Carmichael of Orkney and Shetland, to get the right decision with regards to island jobs.
“I am sure that Scottish Government Ministers will be delighted that the scrutiny from 5 political parties means savings of £2 million for them, each and every year, by keeping the jobs in the islands, rather than centralising in Inverness.
“This is the right decision and I congratulate HIAL and the union Prospect, for their work.
“This issue is too important for our communities; we need to maintain island jobs and that has also saved the Government’s purse.”