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Council / Robinson elected in Shetland West by-election

New Shetland West councillor Mark Robinson. Photo: Shetland News

WELCOME to Shetland News’ live coverage of the Shetland West by-election results at Lerwick Town Hall.

Three candidates are in the running – the Greens’ Debra Nicolson, independent Mark Robinson and the SNP’s Zara Pennington.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of John Leask.


18 November 2022 10:57

Mark Robinson tells us he is excited to take on the challenge of being a councillor after coming close to election in May.

That concludes our live coverage, and we will publish a fuller piece later.


18 November 2022 10:0

Mark (left) and Gary Robinson.

It is thought it may be the first time two siblings have served on Shetland Islands Council at the same time – with Mark the brother of Lerwick North and Bressay member Gary Robinson.


18 November 2022 10:03

In second place was Debra Nicolson with 67 first preference votes, with 49 going to Zara Pennington.


18 November 2022 10:03

Mark Robinson has been elected as the new councillor for Shetland West. He secured 375 first preference votes.


18 November 2022 09:43

All three of the candidates ran in May’s main local government election, with Mark Robinson – brother to current councillor Gary Robinson – losing out in third place with nearly 17 per cent of first preference votes.

John Leask came second with 17.8 per cent and Liz Peterson was a clear winner with 39.3 per cent.

In that election Nicolson was fourth with 9.1 per cent and Pennington fifth with 7.8 per cent of first preference votes.


18 November 2022 09:41

The turn-out for the by-election was 37 per cent, with 493 votes cast. The total electorate is 1,350.


18 November 2022 09:34

The Shetland West ward went to the polls yesterday (Thursday) and by 5pm the turnout was 27 per cent.

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By 5pm the turnout in Aith was 13 per cent, Walls 15 per cent and Skeld 16 per cent.

The turnout figure in Sandness was 21 per cent, while 60 per cent of the 356 registered postal voters had already had their say.

The overall number of registered voters in the ward is 1,350.

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