SNP - Tom Wills

Election / By-election confirmed as Scott steps down

TAVISH Scott has now resigned from his role as Shetland’s MSP – paving the way for the upcoming by-election to be held.

The election has now formally been confirmed for Thursday 29 August, although that date has been known for a couple of weeks.

Scott announced last month that he would step down from his role this summer after 20 years of service to take up a new job at Scottish Rugby.

So far five candidates have publicly confirmed their intention to stand in the election. Shetland Islands Council depute convener Beatrice Wishart will stand for the Liberal Democrats.

Johan Adamson has been confirmed as Labour’s candidate, while UKIP will be represented by Stuart Martin.

Councillor Ryan Thomson will be an independent candidate, while fellow member Ian Scott will stand under the party Fight Austerity, Save Our NHS, Save Our Welfare State.

No announcement has yet been made by the SNP.

Other parties such as the Conservatives and the Scottish Greens have also yet to announce a candidate, while it remains unclear if the Brexit Party will stand in the by-election.

The deadline for submitting nomination papers is 4pm on 26 July.

Polling cards would then be sent out on 29 July, with the first issue of postal votes going out on 6 August.

Polls would be open on 29 August from 7am to 10pm, with the all-important count taking place that night after polling stations close.

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