Election

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 …


Wishart re-elected as Lib Dems hold Shetland seat

Welcome to Shetland News’ live coverage of the local count for the Scottish Parliament election. The count is taking place in the Clickimin bowls hall where the first ballot box has just been opened. The declaration of who will be Shetland’s next MSP is expected to be made later in the afternoon in the Clickimin […] Shetland News …


SIC releases polling place turnout figures

THE OVERALL turnout in Shetland for the Scottish Parliament election at 5pm today (Thursday) was 44 per cent. When postal votes are removed from the equation, this figure is 30 per cent. Bressay and Voe have the highest turnout for in-person voting so far at 40 per cent, while Brae, Burra and Aith were all […] Shetland News …



SNP defends tactic of not mentioning independence

THE SNP has been accused of running a fraudulent campaign in Shetland and across the country by making next to no mention of Scottish independence in its election pamphlets. Local candidate Brian Nugent of Restore Scotland, the party that wants an independent Scotland to stay outside the EU, also said that according to SNP policy […] Shetland News …


Campaign round up – 13 April 2021

AS CAMPAIGNING in the Scottish Parliament election contest gets under way again after being suspended following the death of Prince Philip, all candidates including those vying for the list rather than the constituent vote are stepping up their game to get their message across to the voters. However, in order to be able to vote […] Shetland News …


Campaign round up – 6 April 2021

LIBERAL Democrat candidate for Shetland Beatrice Wishart has called on the Scottish Government to provide urgent clarity around future coronavirus restrictions in the islands. It has been a month since first minister Nicola Sturgeon announced plans to ease restrictions on the Scottish mainland from 26 April. At the same time, she confirmed that the Scottish […] Shetland News …


Candidates condemn outdated views on same sex marriage

A NUMBER of local candidates contesting the forthcoming Scottish Parliament election have condemned comments made by independent candidate Peter Tait who is standing on the single issue of opposing same-sex marriage. Tait’s candidacy became public knowledge on Wednesday after nominations for the election closed. The former mussel farmer said he feels that same-sex marriage was […] Shetland News …


Raise your game young Wills

Tom Wills is understandably loyal following his party line on the Universal Credit pandemic uplift of £20 to be maintained (Wills calls for £20 Universal Credit uplift to continue, Shetland News, 14 February 2021). Not brutally removing it by the Tories, who we know, even in Shetland, have been punishing the poorest and most vulnerable […] Shetland News …


SNP candidate lobbies own party to ensure level playing field for spaceports

LOCAL SNP candidate for the Scottish Parliament elections Tom Wills is urging economy secretary Fiona Hyslop to ensure a level playing field for all Scottish spaceport proposals after the government minister appeared to favour rocket launches from the proposed site in Sutherland. Last week the Press and Journal newspaper reported that Hyslop had been lobbying […] Shetland News …