MP Ian Blackford

MP Ian Blackford had to miss is own planned surgery on Skye last week as he joined in a national debate at Parliament.

The SNP MP for Ross, Skye & Lochaber was due to be in Portree on Friday (Nov 18) but was forced to cancel and send along a staff member to take a note of any matters raised by local people who did attend.

Speaking on social media he said that while the surgery would be going ahead: "Unfortunately I will not be able to attend in person as I have to stay in parliament to debate and vote on the proposed constituency boundary changes."

Later explaining his decision he added: "I spoke in a Private Members debate on the proposed changes of constituency boundaries.

"Quite apart from the reduction in the numbers of elected MP's to represent people, many of these changes, especially those in the Highlands just make no sense, stretching across vast geographical areas.

"It could take around four and half hours to drive from one end to the other, not to mention the many islands on which residents also have to be represented.

"This is a nonsense and has to be stopped."