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SNP to choose

Mike Mackenzie MSP (left) and Danus Skene

TWO prominent SNP figures in Shetland are competing to represent the party in next May’s Scottish elections.

Danus Skene, the SNP’s candidate who came close to beating Alistair Carmichael in this year’s Westminster elections, will be standing against the party’s highlands and islands list MSP Mike Mackenzie.

The Shetland branch of the SNP now has around 300 members, more than six times the figure prior to last year’s independence referendum, who will each have a vote to decide who should be the party’s candidate for Holyrood next May.

The result of the ballot will be announced on 17 August.