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Election / Six candidates to contest Northern Isles seat

Brexit Party a late entry to the list of candidates

SIX CANDIDATES have thrown their hats into the ring to become the next MP for Orkney and Shetland.

As nominations for the 12 December general election closed at 4pm on Thursday, it emerged that the Brexit Party is fielding South Ronaldsay fisherman and former UKIP man Robert Smith as their candidate.

He joins four candidates from the main parties plus one independent campaigning on the single issue of ending the monarchy in the UK. All of those five had declared their intentions to stand before the close of nomination.

The six candidates, who all reside in Orkney, in alphabetical order:

  • David Stephen Barnard – Independent.
  • Alistair Carmichael – Scottish Liberal Democrats.
  • Coilla Anne Drake – Scottish Labour Party.
  • Jennifer Fairbairn – Scottish Conservative and Unionist.
  • Robert Fraser Leslie – Scottish National Party (SNP).
  • Robert Watt Smith – The Brexit Party.

Shetland News will again be offering all candidates space on the website to have their say. This is likely to be published on Friday – link.

The Althing debating society and the local BBC radio station, meanwhile, will both be hosting election hustings.

The Althing event will take place at Lerwick Town Hall on 22 November from 7pm, while the public has a chance to question the six candidates during a Radio Shetland event on 2 December at tMareel at 7pm.

General Election - 12 December 2019