Argyll-based SNP List MSP competing to be SNP constituency candidate for Shetland


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.

Note: the image of Mike Mackenzie above is by the Scottish Parliament and is reproduced here under the terms of Wikipedia Commons.

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  • I can honestly say Mike MacKenzie has been a fantastic MSP for Argyll & Bute, representing all his constituents fastidiously, with compassion and understanding.

    He will unswervingly fight the case of every Shetlander, using his very clear high intellectual ability, only surpassed by his clear ability to calmly and quietly analyse situations, resulting in a quick resolution to most potentially uncomfortable situations.

    A fine & upstanding member of the local community, law abiding and respected for his dedication to bringing the community together.

    He will be a sad loss for Argyll but our loss will be Shetlands gain.

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    John M July 15, 2015 8:40 pm Reply
    • If he’s that wonderful let’s hope he makes First Minister one day.

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      Robert Wakeham July 15, 2015 10:12 pm Reply
    • John M…Thanks for giving me the best laugh-out-loud moment.
      You are, sir, a true comedian.

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      John Smith July 16, 2015 7:28 am Reply
      • 🙂

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        John M July 16, 2015 10:18 am Reply
    • Do you 17 not understand “pathos” at it’s very best? Go John M 🙂

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      Sokay July 16, 2015 10:59 am Reply
  • So that’s what Mr Invisible MSP looks like.

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    Keith stanger July 15, 2015 11:16 pm Reply
  • Apart from an appearance at a SNP pro independence meeting at Machrihanish and occasional press releases to the local paper , no one in this area has heard or seen from Mike MacKenzie MSP

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    Regularflyer July 16, 2015 7:28 am Reply
  • Mackenzie keeps a low profile in Argyll because of his past.
    Here in Oban we remember the Walton electrical v Mackenzie court case, Mackenzie set out to deceive a small family run business of £4,089, Mackenzie lost and then was investigated for perverting the course of justice.
    On Easdale he’s remembered for abusing an island ferrymen to the point that the police were called.
    This is the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure the decent residents of Shetland would like to know the whole story.

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    oban4me July 16, 2015 8:52 am Reply
    • I rather think that the good folk of Shetland will show him the door, but what puzzles me is how the SNP continues to ‘host’ someone with such a controversial past?

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      Robert Wakeham July 16, 2015 10:22 am Reply
  • Well I suppose Shetland is a start…but maybe a little further north… Spitzbergen for example would be a better place to send him off too.

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    Karl Hughes July 16, 2015 9:01 am Reply
  • Mike McKenzie is a decent man who wants to better the lot of all in Rural Areas.
    Anyone on here who besmirched his name,has in fact,their own selfish agenda.

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    Hugh Jazz July 16, 2015 9:32 pm Reply
  • Aaaarrrgghhh!!!! It’s Igor!!!!
    Can’t decide which would be the worst-case scenario:
    – that he’s selected as candidate and wins the seat, which would get him out of our hair, but would deliver him more of the self-importance and power that he craves;
    – that he’s not selected as candidate but gets in on the List which, again, would keep him out of our hair but leave him still in Holyrood;
    – that he’s selected as candidate and doesn’t get in, which would satisfyingly deprive him of any political power, but would mean he returns home disgruntled and ready to wreak all sorts of mischief in our midst.
    Difficult one.

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    ClootieDumpling July 17, 2015 5:17 pm Reply

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