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Johnston gets vote to contest Badenoch seat at Holyrood


By Gavin Musgrove


Highlands and Islands MSP Jamie Halcro Johnston will contest the Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch seat at the next Holyrood elections.

At a meeting in Dingwall at the weekend, local Scottish Conservative members chose Mr Halcro Johnston as their candidate for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.

Mr Halcro Johnston has been an MSP since 2017, and was appointed Shadow Minister for Skills by former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson.

He has contested the old Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber and the Orkney seats in previous Holyrood elections.

Anne Anderson (chairwoman of the Highland Conservatives), Jamie Halcro Johnston and Reg Holder (vice chairman of the Highland Conservatives) after the selection meeting.
Anne Anderson (chairwoman of the Highland Conservatives), Jamie Halcro Johnston and Reg Holder (vice chairman of the Highland Conservatives) after the selection meeting.

Mr Halcro Johnston said: “I am delighted to have been chosen by local Conservative members to be their candidate for the next Scottish Parliament elections.

“Those elections will be an opportunity for people across the Highlands to hold the SNP to account for their Scottish Government’s squeeze on local council finances, mismanagement of our economy and their never-ending agitation for more unwanted referendums.

“Our region’s voice has too often been ignored by the SNP Government; a government with its attention too often focused issues in Edinburgh and in Glasgow, to the detriment of communities like ours.

“The 2021 Holyrood elections will be a chance for Scotland to elect a government looking to work for all of Scotland, and not just the Central Belt.

"And to elect a government which is focused on the issues that matter, and not just endless constitutional wrangling.

“I’m looking forward to working with local members, our councillors and my MSP colleagues in playing our part in making that happen."

The seat is currently held by the SNP MSP Kate Forbes.



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