The Scottish Liberal Democrats have today announced Cllr Beatrice Wishart has been selected as the parliamentary candidate for Shetland.
Beatrice Wishart is the Depute Convener of Shetland Islands Council and represents the Lerwick South ward. She is a trustee of Women’s Aid in Shetland and is an active WASPI campaigner. Over the last decade she has run the office of MP for Orkney & Shetland Alistair Carmichael and supported the work of former Shetland MSP Tavish Scott.
Commenting on the selection, Beatrice Wishart commented:
“I am thrilled to be standing as the Liberal Democrat candidate in Shetland. I’ve lived and worked in Shetland most of my life and I’m keenly aware of the issues that need to be addressed.
“Islanders want to see fair funding for our ferries, more NHS services provided at home in Shetland, swift improvements to broadband coverage and all nurseries being given the resources and support they need to increase the amount of childcare available in our communities.
“I will be a tireless champion for Shetland. It’s an honour to be given the opportunity to stand to represent my home.”
Former Shetland MSP Tavish Scott added:
“I am delighted that Beatrice will fly the Liberal Democrat flag in the forthcoming contest for the Shetland seat. She is a Shetlander and an islander through and through.
“Beatrice has all the qualities needed to be a committed representative of Shetland people in the Scottish Parliament. She knows island issues, listens well, has a strong track record of getting things done for people. She will always put Shetland first. I hope that she will have the overwhelming support of Shetland in the coming contest.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat Leader Willie Rennie commented:
“I’m delighted to have Beatrice as our candidate for Shetland. She’s a devoted campaigner and an attentive councillor. I have no doubt she will bring the same energy to defending Shetland’s interests that Tavish has over the last twenty years.”
Chair of the Liberal Democrats in Shetland, Brenda Wilcock added:
“Shetland Liberal Democrats are delighted to endorse Beatrice Wishart as the prospective Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate at the forthcoming by-election. Beatrice is a passionate Shetlander and is well equipped for the task ahead. She has a quiet determination which shouldn’t be underestimated.
"She also has a wealth of experience of Shetland and its needs, having lived, worked and raised a family here. She has held office in the Local Party for over 20 years, is a Councillor and has worked for Alistair Carmichael MP as office manager and case worker for the last 14 years.
"We look forward to assisting Beatrice in her forthcoming campaign and are confident that the Shetland voters will put their faith in Beatrice and return a Liberal Democrat MSP to Holyrood again.”