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Shetland Central member Ian Scott left the council chamber due to ‘conflict of interest’

The Queen at Sandringham House on the eve of Accession Day last month. Photo: Royal Family/Twitter

THE COUNCIL is to send its congratulations to the Queen as she celebrates her Platinum Jubilee year – but one elected member removed himself from the chamber due to a “conflict of interest”.

A motion from council convener Malcolm Bell and depute convener Cecil Smith was approved at a full council meeting on Wednesday.

But Shetland Central member Ian Scott – who has criticised the monarchy in the past – removed himself from the meeting over a conflict of interest before returning after the item on the agenda had been discussed.

Bell said the Queen first visited Shetland in 1960 before returning later that decade, whilst she helped to open Sullom Voe Terminal in 1981.

He said the community had “fond memories” of Her Majesty’s visits.

Shetland South member Allison Duncan added: “Her Majesty and her late husband must be our greatest ambassadors to our United Kingdom throughout this world.”

He noted that Shetland’s lord lieutenant Bobby Hunter was present at the meeting.

The motion was the first item presented to the council in the new chamber at the former St Ringan’s church.