Friday 19 July 2024
 13.8°C   S Moderate Breeze

Scottish Parliament Election 2021 / Douglas Ross


Douglas Ross

My name is Douglas Ross and I am leader of the Scottish Conservatives and MP for Moray.

I have been involved in politics since I was first elected as a councillor in Moray back in 2007. Before that I was a farm labourer and agriculture is a passion I have continued to take an interest in as an elected representative.

I approached that job in the same way that I have approached every political job. I work hard every day to do the very best for people.

At the last Scottish Parliament election in 2016, I was elected as an MSP for the Highlands and Islands region.

So I understand just how big an area this region covers – from the Shetland to Argyll, the Western Isles and all of the mainland Highland, across to Moray in the East.

And I always enjoyed my visits to Shetland over the years, holding surgeries, speaking to local businesses and meeting local people.

I spoke up on behalf of islanders when they were being forced to travel by boat to the mainland for medical treatment in Aberdeen, and I urged the SNP government to devolve more power to local authorities.

I hope to continue that work if elected to Holyrood in May and in this election voters have a very clear choice.

It is either a vote for more constitutional division with another referendum, or a vote to rebuild Scotland.

I know where my priorities lie.

The past year has been incredibly difficult for all of us, but thanks to the vaccine roll-out, we can see some light at the end of the tunnel.

The impact of the Covid pandemic has been enormous. Not just in terms of the lockdown restrictions on our day-to-day lives, but on our economy, on jobs, on the education of our children and on our mental health.

The recovery will not happen overnight. A lot of people have lost their jobs or their livelihoods.

But my party has a clear plan for how we can get our country and our economy moving again.

And that recovery must include every part of Scotland. That means focusing on our rural and island communities to make sure that no-one is left behind.

For Shetland, that means making sure that everyone has access to superfast broadband.

The SNP pledged to deliver 100% coverage by 2021 and failed to keep that promise.

It means protecting lifeline ferry services and ensuring the services are properly funded.

And it means investing in local health services, education and roads.

But the SNP are not campaigning on the issues that matter – they are making this election all about separation.
Voters have the chance to say no to another referendum by stopping an SNP majority.

A Scottish Parliament without a majority means parties must work together and focus 100% on the national interest of rebuilding Scotland, not their political obsessions.

The Scottish Conservatives proved at the last Scottish Parliament election that we can stop an SNP majority and, as the largest opposition party, we can be a check on them again.

If you want the Scottish Parliament 100% focused on rebuilding Scotland, then vote for the Scottish Conservatives with your party vote.

The full list of regional list candidates for the Conservatives can be found at:


Return to Election 2021 – candidates list


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 600 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.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.