Former Highland Council leader Michael Foxley has announced his support for Scottish independence.
The ex-Liberal Democrat councillor, who lives on a croft in Lochaber, said he thought a Yes vote provided a “real opportunity to create a radical, progressive and confident Scotland”.
Dr Foxley, a former GP, said he was worried healthcare funding cuts south of the border would have a knock-on effect on the NHS in Scotland.
Issues such as the UK Government’s attitude to emergency tug vessels, doubts over Scotland’s future membership of the European Union and ridding the country of Trident nuclear weapons had also convinced him independence was the way forward, he added.
Dr Foxley, a member of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Board and chairman of West Highland College UHI, said he was still a member of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Former-Highlands Lib Dem council leader backs independence