Election

Counting underway at council elections

WELCOME to Shetland News’ coverage of the council election count, which is taking place this morning at the Town Hall in Lerwick. A total of 17 candidates will be elected today for a five-year term on Shetland Islands Council. Results for the five wards contested will roll in during the morning with the first announcement […] Shetland News …


Council elections underway as voters head to the polls

POLLING stations are now open in the Shetland Islands Council elections. People have up to 10pm to cast their vote. With between two and four seats in each ward, folk are asked to rank the candidates in order of preference. Only five of the seven wards in Shetland are going to the ballot box after […] Shetland News …


Last day of campaigning for candidates as election looms

TODAY marks the last chance for candidates to stake their claim for tomorrow’s (Thursday) council elections. Polling places will open their doors between 7am and 10pm, and results will be announced on Friday during a count at Lerwick Town Hall. For some candidates it was their first foray into campaigning, while for the more seasoned […] Shetland News …


Candidate says it would be ‘inappropriate’ to give pledge to one industry group

WHILE the overwhelming majority of council election candidates have signed Shetland Fishermen’s Association’s pledge, some have decided against putting pen to paper. Explaining his decision to “respectfully decline” the invitation to sign the pledge, Lerwick South candidate Dennis Leask said: “For me, a councillor is elected to serve their voters on ward issues and Shetland-wide […] Shetland News …


Election candidates keen to get going on fixed links

THERE is little doubt that the possible provision of fixed links to island communities will be top of the agenda once the new councillors get their feet under the table and start their five years in local government. Almost all of the 35 candidates have offered a view on the topic that has been discussed […] Shetland News …


Green election signs removed after falling foul of council guidance

ROADSIDE signs which were put up by the Scottish Greens to the south of Lerwick have been taken down as they did not meet council rules around erecting election posters. The signs in question were stuck into the verge along the A970, starting from Gulberwick and heading south. But their size, and the fact they […] Shetland News …


Council candidates asked to show support for fishing industry

CANDIDATES in next month’s council elections have been invited to show support for the local fishing fleet by signing the FISH Pledge, and thereby backing the broad aims and ambitions shared by local crews. Shetland Fishermen’s Association executive officer Daniel Lawson said the sector was worth £138 million annually, directly employing 450 people. The FISH […] Shetland News …


Greens launch manifesto aimed at building a more sustainable local economy

THE SHETLAND Greens have launched their manifesto ahead of next month’s council elections with a host of policies aimed at creating a more sustainable local economy and tackling the mounting problem of fuel poverty. The 15-page document ‘For a Greener, Fairer Council’ has been compiled with input from over 60 Shetlanders and is among the […] Shetland News …


Damp squib

The Tories’ Levelling-Up proposed ‘Islands Forum’ will be a damp squib, if not damper than the SNP government’s toothless Islands Act. Look at their post Brexit fishing deal if you want any evidence of empty promises. Also ask yourselves what has the SNP government’s Islands Act ever done for you? Less than the Romans have […] Shetland News …


Lib Dems spent most on Scottish Parliament election

THE LIBERAL Democrats were the biggest spenders in the May Scottish Parliament election in Shetland – including racking up a bill of around £1,400 for Facebook advertising. Beatrice Wishart’s team spent around £16,500 in total on her successful election campaign. In contrast, nearest rival Tom Wills of the SNP spent just shy of £10,000. Wishart […] Shetland News …