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Politics / UKIP to stand at by-election

THE UK Independence Party (UKIP) is to field a candidate at the forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary by-election for Shetland.

Little is known about prospective candidate Stuart Martin other than he stood unsuccessfully as UKIP candidate for Falkirk at general, local and council elections in 2017 and 2018.

UKIP’s regional officer for Scotland Janice Mackay declined to give any biographical information about Martin and said that he would be standing, but he was not the candidate, as the by-election had not formally been called yet.

She added that the issues that would be up for debate had not even been decided.

Martin is the fourth candidate to apparently throw his hat in the ring after local councillors Ian Scott and Ryan Thomson announced they would stand as independents.

Johan Adamson, meanwhile, is due to stand for Labour, and she is the only candidate to have been announced by any of the mainstream parties.

UKIP flopped in the May European elections in Shetland where the Brexit Party scooped the vast majority of the anti-EU vote.