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Politics / “I’m here to help”, Wishart says after being sworn in as MSP

Shetland MSP Beatrice Wishart during her affirmation. Photo: Scottish Parliament

SHETLAND MSP Beatrice Wishart has been sworn in as the isles representative in the Scottish Parliament in a confirmation ceremony on Thursday.

Speaking after the ceremony at Holyrood, the Lib Dem politician said she was “hugely grateful” for the endorsement she had received from the people of Shetland.

Wishart increased her share of the vote to 48.6 per cent and beat her main challenger Tom Wills of the SNP with a reduced majority of 806.

It’s a privilege to represent and serve the place I call home, and the people I love. I’m grateful for every single vote that made this happen,” she said.

“Working for recovery must be the focus of this parliament, and it won’t be an easy task. I will ensure Shetland has a voice in Holyrood at every stage of that process.

“I also look forward to continuing the work I started following my first election eighteen months ago. From standing up against HIAL’s plan to centralise Shetland’s air traffic control, to working to tackle fuel poverty and the climate emergency, it’s safe to say there is plenty to be getting on with.

“So please do reach out with problems, worries or concerns. I’m here to help.”