Lib Dem Alistair Carmichael has become the latest northern isles election candidate to sign the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (SFF) Brexit pledge.
LOCAL candidates have welcomed the decision to suspend the general election campaign following a suspected terrorist attack which resulted in 22 people being killed at a concert in Manchester on Monday night.
Police are treating the apparent suicide bombing, which took place in the foyer of the Manchester Arena during a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande, as a terrorist attack.
THE CONSERVATIVE party has given its strongest indication yet that a subsidy scheme for large-scale wind projects on Scottish islands such as the proposed Viking Energy development could be in place if the party wins June's general election.
In its manifesto, unveiled on Thursday, the Tories said they would "support the development of wind projects in the remote islands of Scotland, where they will directly benefit local communities".
She said her party's pledge to tax raise income tax on earnings over £80,000 and bring the minimum wage up to £10 an hour will go some way to helping inequality in the UK.
LEADING young SNP politician Mhairi Black and local candidate Miriam Brett used an informal Q&A session in Lerwick on Tuesday night to outline the case that their party is best placed to oppose the Tories’ spending cuts, welfare reform and plans for a hard Brexit.
The pair, who have formed a close friendship while working together at Westminster over the past two years, took questions from an overwhelmingly supportive audience – though a few folk from differing political persuasions were present too – at the Shetland Museum and Archives.
The Tory candidate is calling on those frustrated with the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to give him their vote and claims election rivals Alistair Carmichael and Miriam Brett “both want to essentially stay in the CFP”.
Carmichael, who is defending an 817-vote majority in a seat he has held since 2001, said he expected a “close contest” with SNP candidate Miriam Brett and said it was “one that I am fighting hard to win”.
THE SNP’s Northern Isles election hopeful Miriam Brett has pledged to push for new deals to be struck for funding Shetland’s internal ferries and to reduce fares on the NorthLink route to the Scottish mainland if she is elected next month.
Twenty five year old Brett is seeking to unseat Liberal Democrat Alistair Carmichael on 8 June – and she told Shetland News she would not be seeking to exploit her opponent having lied about sanctioning the leak of a private government memo relating to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon during the 2015 campaign.