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Politics / Wishart confirmed as Lib Dem candidate for Scottish election

Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart on the morning after her election victory in August last year. Photo: Malcolm Younger/Millgaet Media

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.