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Council / Former convener’s service highlighted in parliament motion
Council / Tributes to convener as current council draws to a close
Community / Convener delivers sharp riposte to UHA campaigner over council’s equalities duties
Council / ‘It’s been an absolute privilege’ – SIC convener to step down at next election
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Council / ‘We need people to stand’ – folk encouraged to start thinking about putting themselves forward for 2022 SIC election
Letters / You couldna mak it up
Letters / ‘With respect, I respectfully disagree’
Letters / That’s what autonomy will look like
Council / Convener unhappy with Ethical Standards Commissioner’s stance
Letters / Council leadership should consider their positions
Opinions / Island self-determination ‘completely normal’Frustrated with the limitations of local government in Scotland since devolution, Shetland Islands Council decided earlier this year to look closely at the options of clawing some back political powers from Edinburgh and thus reviving local democracy. Here, council convener Malcolm Bell sets out the case for self-determination.
Council / Shetland starts quest for more powers with online debateCouncil convener Malcolm Bell says local government has become nothing more than a ‘delivery arm of central government’
Letters / Disservice to the community
Council / SIC convener welcomes consultation on updated code of conduct for councillors
Council / Convener unhappy over level of SIC input into post-Covid health and social care plan
Letters / Genuine questions
Council / SIC convener keen to see return of face-to-face council meetings
Community / Bell has ‘no issue’ with women playing ‘equal part in all aspects’ of Up Helly Aa
Councillors show appreciation of emergency services after challenging summer
Community / Call to modernise Lerwick Up Helly Aa falls on deaf earsShetland for UHA Equality group says exclusion on the basis of gender has no place in the 21st century
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