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Lerwick South / Arwed WengerIndependent

I am Arwed Wenger. Some people have said I am a new Shetlander and I feel honoured by this. I love Shetland and its people.

When I first came to Shetland in 2006 it was just for a holiday. At the end of these holidays we had the idea of moving to Shetland. I have now lived here for more than ten years. I know Lerwick South and Gulberwick well.

Since 2014 I am an accredited tourist guide. I love to show Shetland’s…

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Lerwick South / Stephen Flaws

I’m 42 years old, married with three bairns and live in the ward of Lerwick South.

I’ve previously worked for the local authority within design and then housing services, as an airport firefighter and for the last four years I have been fortunate to be a stay-at-home dad.  I have volunteered for the Coastguard and have a keen interest in agriculture.

I aim to bring something new to the council. At a time when resources are limited, tough decisions need…

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Lerwick South / Gary RobinsonIndependent

I’m Gary Robinson; I was born in Lerwick and brought up in Weisdale where my family owns the local shop. I worked for the Shetland Recreational Trust at the Clickimin Centre for many years and I’ve lived in Lerwick with my wife and family since 2005.

I was first elected to serve on Shetland Islands Council in 2007 as a member for Shetland West and was returned in 2012 when I was appointed to lead the council…

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Lerwick South / Frances ValenteIndependent

I grew up in West Sussex, in a huge Irish working class family. Educationally, I was a late developer. I left school at 16 and went to work for the NHS, and then later joined the civil service…

I worked hard and was promoted to a senior manager level, before leaving to become a service development manager at Havant Borough Council, for the environmental services directorate which included housing, building…

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Lerwick South / Caroline HendersonIndependent

What do you want from your vote?

You work hard and need a councillor who will do everything they can for their constituents. I will listen to your needs, make a difference wherever I can, and if I cannot, will deliver honestly the reasons why. I am very happy to be on the record and fully accountable for all pledges made.

Having been in business and an employer for 20 years I have a lot of…

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Shetland Central / Stewart DouglasScottish National Party (SNP)

ELECTION VIDEO

I have lived in Shetland for the past 10 years – Shetland has been good to me, and I feel it’s now time for me to do something for Shetland – that’s why I’m standing as a candidate in the Shetland Central by-election.

I’m a Chartered Construction Manager, currently working as the senior project manager on the new Scalloway fishmarket…

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Shetland Central / Julie BuchanIndependent

My name is Julie Buchan, I was born in Shetland and I have lived in Scalloway since 1979. I am married and have two grown up children. I love living in Scalloway, even though it has grown since 1979 it’s still a village with a true sense of community.

Central ward as a whole has grown considerably over the past 40 years, welcoming new people in, but each community retaining its own unique…

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Shetland Central / Johan Adamson

I am Johan Adamson and I am proud to be standing in the Shetland Central by-election to be your councillor.  I live in Tingwall with my husband and two lasses on a very small croft in a house that we built ourselves. I am originally from further west, and attended Skeld and Aith Schools, as well as the AHS.

I am standing in this by-election because I have a lot to give to the role and want to make a difference.  I have always loved politics and care about Shetland, and about social justice and equality.

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Shetland Central / Moraig LyallIndependent

Hello, I’m Moraig Lyall and I’d like to ask for your vote in the upcoming by-election for the local council.  I am an independent candidate; I have never been a member of any political party.

People who know me often remark on the energy I bring to everything I am involved in and it is this, along with integrity, openness and a strong desire to serve the community, that I would use to represent the people of…

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Shetland Central / Gordon LaverieIndependent

I moved to Shetland from Glasgow some 24 years ago. During this time I have worked mainly in the salmon industry, from fish processing to salmon farming, and finally at the Net Store, before taking early retirement.

As someone who uses most of the local facilities and services, including the bus services (watching my carbon footprint) on a daily basis, I get to meet many of the local community and discuss local issues.

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Features / A lovely Shetland legacy at LorientJames Paton follows local band Vair performing at the Inter-Celtic Festival, held in Brittany earlier this month
Features / Woodstock 50 years on: ‘People can pull together’FIFTY years ago, Skeld resident Debbie Hammond and five friends headed off on a special journey. In the second part of our Woodstock feature Debbie tells Peter Johnson how five years after the ultimate music festival she found herself in Papa Stour.
Shetland Lives / Woodstock 50 years on: An experience beyond beliefFifty years ago, Skeld resident Debbie Hammond and five friends headed off on a special journey. In this two-part feature she tells Shetland News reporter Peter Johnson how that weekend of peace and music was to change her life and open up a new world of experience.
Shetland Lives / Eamonn Watt: Drum tutor by day, Virtual Conductor by nightWith nine albums and over 100 songs released in seven years, the prolific musician has found contentment in composing on the computer
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By-Election 2019 / Johan AdamsonScottish Labour

I am Johan Adamson and I am proud to be standing in the Shetland by-election for Scottish Labour and the Co-operative Party. I live in Tingwall with my husband and two lasses on a very small croft where we rent land and stables to a couple of lasses with horses and we also have hens, dogs and cats.

I am standing in this election because I have always loved politics and care about Shetland and about social justice and equality…

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By-Election 2019 / Brydon GoodladScottish Conservative and Unionist Party

I am Shetland born and bred and was raised in Scalloway where I attended Scalloway Junior High School.

I now live in Walls with my wife and our three children. I work in the building trade while my wife is employed as a carer.

Many people in Shetland are fed up of this SNP government and tired of the constant threats of another independence referendum…

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By-Election 2019 / Stuart MartinUKIP

I am Stuart Martin and it’s a great privilege to be standing in this Shetland islands by-election for UKIP.

I am 51 years old, married and have two sons aged four and five.

I am self-employed working in transport for over 20 years, but I have also worked in sales / retail & support work.

I have been interested in politics since school studying modern…

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By-Election 2019 / Debra NicolsonScottish Greens

The climate emergency is the biggest threat facing humanity. Experts tell us that we have just over a decade to take action. And while that might sound daunting it also brings with it opportunities.

That’s why I’m calling for a Green New Deal for Shetland.

I understand that many jobs in Shetland rely on fossil fuel industries, that’s why the Greens don’t propose shutting the oil off today…

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By-Election 2019 / Ian ScottIndependent – Fight Austerity

I am standing for Holyrood because I believe that this is a golden opportunity for Shetland to tell the established parties that a really profound change is needed.

The austerity programme that has been enthusiastically supported by the Lib Dems – in particular Jo Swinson, Alistair Carmichael and Tavish Scott – must stop…

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By-Election 2019 / Michael StoutIndependent

Originally from Fair Isle, I’m a 58 year old widower with a grown up family, living in Quendale. I was the SIC member for Lerwick North and Bressay 2012-2017, serving as chair of the environment and transport committee, chair of Shetland’s regional transport partnership ZetTrans and as deputy leader of Shetland Islands Council.

I’ve had a wide range of life and work experiences; from early days crofting, crewing the ferry, and…

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By-Election 2019 / Peter TaitIndependent

I am standing in this election on a constitutional issue which I reckon transcends other issues facing our country at this time and which is simply going unaddressed.

I would like someone else address the subject but I have come to the conclusion that this is not going to happen.

My conclusion is that the monarchy is Scottish by design and English…

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By-Election 2019 / Ryan ThomsonIndependent

My name is Ryan Thomson, I am 34 years old, and I have lived in Shetland all my life, originating from Baltasound, Unst. I am married to Lesley, and we have three boys, James, Gary and Lewis.

Standing as an Independent, I can make my voting decisions based only on what is good for our islands, and not what a Mainland party tells me to. There’s no-one in Edinburgh or London telling me how to vote. I have the freedom to analyse…

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By-Election 2019 / Tom WillsScottish National Party (SNP)

ELECTION VIDEO

I believe that the tide is turning and Shetland is ready for change.

The SNP has been working hard to shape a fairer, more prosperous Shetland where people want to live, work and raise a family.

But as a local who grew up in Bressay, I know there’s still work to do.

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By-Election 2019 / Beatrice WishartLiberal Democrats

I’m delighted to be standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Shetland.

British politics is in turmoil and the SNP is trying to capitalise on the chaos of Brexit by pushing for more chaos in the form of independence. Both Brexit and independence would make our economy, security and trading ties all much more vulnerable and our public services much poorer.

Liberal Democrats are the home…

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Shetland Lives / Tavish: ‘I will not miss Edinburgh politics’As former Shetland MSP Tavish Scott prepares for a ‘quieter’ life at Scottish Rugby, he spends a Friday afternoon with Shetland News editor Hans J Marter for one last big interview with the local media.
Features / ‘Writing poetry has been a process of slow cultivation’Good things come to those who wait as poet Roseanne Watt returns home for book launch and film exhibition
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