THE LOCAL branch of the Liberal Democrats has confirmed that MSP Beatrice Wishart has been chosen as the party’s candidate for next year’s elections to the Scottish Parliament.
The announcement comes just weeks after confirmation that Tom Wills will again contest the seat for the SNP.
During last year’s by-election both clashed on several occasions in a hotly contested campaign, but the SNP’s attempt to win the Shetland seat from the Lib Dems failed with Wishart coming out as the clear winner.
Speaking on Saturday after her candidacy was confirmed, Wishart said she was “delighted” to have been selected again.
“In my first year as Shetland’s MSP we have faced an unprecedented time with coronavirus, but heading into a new term and adapting to new circumstances that will be with us for some time means it’s more important than ever to have a strong, liberal voice in parliament; a voice for Shetland in Holyrood,” she said.
And hitting out at her SNP rival, she added: “The last thing Shetland needs is an MSP who puts party before people.”
She added: “If elected, working in tandem with Liam McArthur in Orkney on shared issues of importance will ensure the Northern Isles have strong representation on the issues that matter.
“My campaign will be a positive one about the opportunities and challenges facing Shetland and I look forward to discussing these in the months ahead.”
Chair of the local party branch Brenda Wilcock said: “It’s a joy to see Beatrice selected, she has been so busy in her first year and I know she’s stood up for Shetland at every opportunity she can
“She’s helped hundreds of local people in her first year with their concerns and problems, and has been working on several important committees in Holyrood.”
The Scottish Parliament elections are due to be held on 6 May 2021.
Become a supporter of Shetland News
Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.
Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.
Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has over 500 supporters who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.
Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -
- Bring you the headlines as they happen;
- Stay editorially independent;
- Give a voice to the community;
- Grow site traffic further;
- Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.
If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.
Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.Support Shetland News