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Election / Candidates to be quizzed at BBC hustings

With just ten days to go until islanders head to the polls to elect their new MSP, the local BBC station has announced it will host an election hustings next Monday at Mareel.

All ten candidates have confirmed their participation in the hustings, which has been moved from its usual venue at the museum’s auditorium to Mareel to give more people the chance to attend.

The 90-minute long question and answer session – doors open at 6.30 for a 7pm start – will be recorded and broadcast the following night. Admission to the free event is by ticket only, which are available from the station’s Pitt Lane studios (telephone 01595 694747).

Senior producer at BBC Radio Shetland, John Johnston will be chairing the hustings. He said: “Questions for the candidates can be submitted by e-mail to radio.shetland@bbc.co.uk

“Also part of our election coverage we will also be broadcasting a special Good Morning Shetland programme on Friday 30 August from 7.30 to 8am with all the results and analysis to the outcome of the election.”

Brae High School, meanwhile, is holding its now-traditional hustings at the school on Tuesday 27 August at 2pm.

There are ten candidates contesting the Shetland by-election on 29 August.

They are in alphabetical order: Johan Adamson (Scottish Labour), Brydon Goodlad (Scottish Conservatives), Stuart Martin (UKIP), Debra Nicolson (Scottish Greens), Ian Scott (independent), Michael Stout (independent), Peter Tait (independent), Ryan Thomson (independent), Tom Wills (SNP) and Beatrice Wishart (Scottish Liberal Democrats).

Read more about all ten candidates at our special Shetland by-election page at: https://www.shetnews.co.uk/category/features/election-2019/