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Election / Conservatives select Walls man to fight by-election

Brydon Goodlad has put his name forward for the Conservatives.

THE SCOTTISH Conservatives have announced Brydon Goodlad as their candidate to contest next month’s Shetland by-election.

The 47-year-old father of three works in the building trade and lives with his family in Walls.

The by-election was called after Lib Dem Tavish Scott resigned somewhat unexpectedly from the position he has held for more than 20 years to take up an executive post with Scottish Rugby.

Goodlad said the Conservatives were the only party prepared to stand up to the SNP.

“It’s a privilege to be selected as a candidate for this election and I can’t wait for the campaign to begin,” he said.

“People in Shetland are fed up of the SNP and fed up with the constant threats of another independence referendum.

“There are other issues of concern here too, not least in relation to large-scale wind farms.

“I have lived here all my life and want to see the best-quality delivery of the services that me and my family rely on day in, day out, and be a champion for my local community in Holyrood.”

So far six candidates have been confirmed for the by-election on 29 August.

They are in alphabetical order: Johan Adamson (Labour), Brydon Goodlad (Conservatives), Stuart Martin (UKIP), Ian Scott (Fight Austerity, Save Our NHS, Save Our Welfare State), Ryan Thomson (independent), Beatrice Wishart (Liberal Democrats).

The SNP is expected to announce its candidate on Friday afternoon (see our separate story).