|Candidate Name||Duncan Simpson|
|Electoral Ward||North Isles|
|Description (if any)||Independent|
I am 27 years old and was born and brought up in Whalsay. I attended the Whalsay school followed by the AHS for fifth and sixth year. I went on to do an OPITO modern apprenticeship, which entailed two years at Forth Valley College in Falkirk and two years on site training at Sullom Voe Terminal before I qualified as a Mechanical Technician.
I now work at the Shetland Gas Plant. I benefitted from an excellent education at the Whalsay school and then at the AHS/Janet Courtney Hostel which I feel prepared me well for the wider world. I have chosen to remain in Shetland to work and I want to ensure many more isles bairns can have the opportunity to live and work in Shetland and the North Isles both now and in the future.
I have taken the decision to stand for the North Isles because I feel the long-term viability of our communities are under threat. Given what the North Isles contribute to the Shetland economy this is unacceptable. If honoured with the opportunity, I will work with my fellow councillors and strive to ensure our needs are not neglected.
The key issues I hope to address are improving transport links, protecting rural schools, pursuing autonomy for Shetland, supporting the seafood industry, encouraging rural development, pushing for better connectivity and safeguarding our rural health service.
Greater detail on the above topics can be found in my full manifesto on my Facebook campaign page: https://www.facebook.com/duncan4northisles/