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Argyll & Bute MP’s inspired transport for summer tour

As you can see from the photograph above, Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara from Helensburgh, is literally taking to the road  and the ferries] on his first summer tour of the islands of Argyll.

For the next two weeks local MP Brendan O’Hara will be doing an island hop tour around his constituency in a campervan.

This will provide him with his own travelling sanctuary and supply a guaranteed and visible place to meet not only individuals but groups of constituents in small rural and island places and in circumstances where he can offer them a cup of coffee.

In touring the islands this way he will also gather all sorts of instructive insights into Argyll and the Isles as experienced by holidaying campervanners. And who can think of a better way than this to go exploring the spectacular remotenesses of his enviably glorious constituency?

This is an inspired and practical approach to the tour. He will find it a total blast

Over the duration of the fortnight Mr O’Hara will visit 9 islands in total – Bute, Coll, Tiree, Colonsay, Islay, Jura, Mull, Iona and Gigha.

So far he has ticked Bute of the list, attending the Bute Highland Games on Saturday, followed by a day in Oban where he met up with his MSP colleague, Michael Russell.

The O’Hara tour will include surgeries where islanders will have the opportunity to deliver their concerns to Brendan face to face, as well as meeting with local business owners and organisations – making himself as as accessible to constituents as he can.

The MSP says: ‘I’m in no doubt that this is the most beautiful constituency in these islands and representing the people who live and work here is a huge privilege.

‘I was determined to use this time to get around as much of the place as I can to meet folk, hear their concerns and ideas and help them with the issues they face.

‘Being an MP means putting your constituency first and this is one of the many opportunities I’ll take to do just that. I am looking forward to the next two weeks immensely.’

Another way of looking at this is that the summer tour is a way also to put yourself first – and we hope the MP sees it as the unrivalled opportunity it is to have a good reason to travel the Argyll islands and get to talk to the people who live there.

Mr O’Hara’s itinerary is as follows:

  • Sat 22nd August: Bute Highland Games [done]
  • Mon 24th August: Oban Day including cabinet meeting [done]
  • Tues 25th August: Oban to Coll
  • Wed 26th August: Day in Coll
  • Thu 27th August: Coll to Tiree
  • Fri 28th August: Tiree to Oban, Oban to Mull, evening in Mull
  • Sat 29th August: Iona day – Oban evening
  • Sun 30th August: Colonsay
  • Mon 31st August: Colonsay
  • Tues 1st September: Islay Evening
  • Wed 2nd September: Jura
  • Thu 3rd September: Tayinloan
  • Fri 4th September: Gigha

This will also be an odd time for Mr O’Hara’s predecessor, Argyll and Bute’s long time Liberal Democrat MP, Alan Reid.

A political realist, Mr Reid never felt he would survive the SNP storm tide this year – but a time when he would normally have been on this tour himself and is not, will  be a poignant and empty reminder of what he has lost.

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  • All the best on your tour,Mr.O’Hara. It is evident,watching early play,that you are going to be a huge asset to Argyll and Bute,in future years.

    Ps.Mr.Reid should use his spare time to ponder why Liberals in Argyll kicked him out.Stop blaming the SNP!!!

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    Hugh Jazz August 26, 2015 6:47 pm Reply
  • Glad to see that Brendan O’Hara was able to squeeze in a mention of the Scottish Cabinet visit to Oban and Lorn on Monday. This was the seventh time that the Cabinet had met outside Edinburgh combining official business with various engagements across the area from school and housing projects, innovative energy developments and service providers.
    All this culminated in an open public meeting in the evening attended by more than 300 at the Atlantis Leisure Centre where the First Minister led her Cabinet in responding to an extensive open Q&A session followed by an informal opportunity for meeting with the cabinet members over tea and cake.

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    Ken MacColl August 26, 2015 10:40 pm Reply
    • Good to see your name again, Ken.

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      Robert Wakeham August 26, 2015 11:40 pm Reply
    • This was nothing more than a Nuremberg rally, the Q & A session was a farce. I’m sure the questions were prepared by the SNP spin-doctors and given to the party faithful in advance.

      Thats what the Oban nats came for and they weren’t disappointed.

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      Oban4me August 27, 2015 2:21 pm Reply
      • SNP bad,SNP bad,SNP bad!! There,there son,does that help?

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        Hugh Jazz August 27, 2015 3:41 pm Reply
      • obfm
        Atlantis, were you in attendance?

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        keitho August 27, 2015 4:26 pm Reply
  • Let’s hope he doesn’t make any more sectarian rants during his tour .

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    Regularflyer August 27, 2015 7:37 am Reply
  • Is this a family holiday combined with a constituency tour?

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    richard August 27, 2015 12:49 pm Reply
    • Not advertised as such….

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      Ian Sanderson August 27, 2015 7:06 pm Reply
  • I’m not getting the purpose of this ‘tour’ (I’m sorry are we celebrities or public servants?) with its gimmicky transport. He’s not holding surgeries in each of these places and has not arranged to speak with local organisations/reps other than those with SNP members :S

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    bemused August 27, 2015 2:59 pm Reply
  • I expect we (the tax payer) are paying for this jaunt.

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    Richard August 27, 2015 3:53 pm Reply
    • Don’t know,but one thing I can tell you is that “We” are paying for all these halfwits stuffed into the wedding cake ,that is The House of Lords.
      What an absolute disgrace that is!

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      Hugh Jazz August 27, 2015 4:05 pm Reply
  • Thank you ,Hugh.

    I stopped contributing, or indeed reading, FA some time ago as I can’t see the point of repeatedly inane comments from a small group of anonymous armchair critics-the contribution from OBAN4ME illustrates that in spades. For his/her information the audience was self selecting from the public and the questioners were chosen at random. There was an opportunity for around 30 minutes following the meeting for further interaction between public and elected members. The contrast between the conduct of this event and the closed shop cabals of the likes of Gordon Brown or PM Cameron are revealing.

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    Ken MacColl August 27, 2015 6:47 pm Reply
    • Ken writes…”I stopped contributing, or indeed reading, FA some time ago as I can’t see the point of repeatedly inane comments from a small group of anonymous armchair critics….”
      “My thanks should, of course, have been to Robert Wakeham who contributes regularly and ALWAYS has the courtesy ”

      Yet here you are, still contributing to and reading FA. More SNP untruths

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      John Smith August 28, 2015 8:30 am Reply
  • My thanks should, of course, have been to Robert Wakeham who contributes regularly and always has the courtesy to associate his name to his opinions.

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    Ken MacColl August 27, 2015 6:52 pm Reply
  • Where on Mull? No, this is not a sarcastic remark, I would actually like to meet my MP. However, as I am car-less and evening public transport is non-existent, coupled with the information that the next day will be spent on Iona, returning to Oban in the evening, I suspect there will be no chance to.

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    Jade August 28, 2015 1:02 am Reply
    • Oban For ME
      Were you at Atlantis on Monday evening for Cabinet meeting.?

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      keitho August 28, 2015 4:46 pm Reply
  • Did anyone meet our MP on this trip?

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    Richard September 6, 2015 2:29 pm Reply
    • No – he was too busy having his photo taken with SNP supporters carefully choreographed by the local SNP branch. Somehow I don’t think non-SNP voters felt too welcome or comfortable meeting the man who used his time like it was a victory tour of his constituency and in doing so made the biggest faux pas possible by doing it in a camper van! Camper vans are a tourist operators worst nightmare – so very little is spent in the local economy, they are an abomination. The previous incumbent Alan Reid always did his constituency visits as low key and with minimum fuss as possible – he didn’t push his political party in your face and was sensitive to the political views of others, unlike this joker!

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      Jessie J September 7, 2015 11:31 am Reply
  • yes

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    Old man September 6, 2015 11:19 pm Reply

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