Argyll-based SNP Highlands and Islands List MSP, Mike Mackenzie from Easdale Island, is one of three contestants to be the SNP candidate for the constituency of Shetland at the 2016 Scottish Elections.
The three have been on BBC Radio Shetland’s evening newstime programme tonight, 15th July, which may be available on repeat at the BBC Radio Shetland Facebook page here.
Danus Skene, who represented the SNP in the contest for the Orkney and Shetland constituency in the UK General Election in May 2015 – losing narrowly to former Scottish Secretary, Alastair Carmichael – is another contestant for the candidacy.
Both Mr Mackenzie and Mr Skene face competition from Headteacher, Pat Brown.
In 2010 Mr Mackenzie was the SNP candidate for the Argyll and Bute seat in the UK General Election, coming 4th behind Labour’s David Graham; the Conservatives’ Gary Mulvaney; and the winning Liberal Democrat candidate and sitting tenant, Alan Reid.
Seen as a controversial character in this part of the world, Mr Mackenzie also competed to represent the SNP in the Scottish Elections of 2011, losing to the current MSP and former Education Secretary, Michael Russell.
In the storming SNP vote in that election, Mr Mackenzie got a surprise List seat. Expecting nothing, he was driving in his car and heard his name announced over the radio.
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