2019 Shetland by-election


The 2019 Shetland by-election was held on 29 August 2019 to elect a Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) for the constituency of Shetland.[1] It was held following the resignation of Liberal Democrat MSP Tavish Scott upon taking a new role at Scottish Rugby.[2][3] The Liberal Democrats held the seat, with Beatrice Wishart being elected for the party.[4]

Candidates


The Liberal Democrats' Beatrice Wishart was deputy convener of the Shetland Islands Council.[5][6] The Scottish National Party fielded Shetland-born Tom Wills, an engineer with an offshore renewables company.[5] Two Shetland Islands Council members, Ian Scott and Ryan Thomson, ran as independent candidates.[7] A former Shetland Islands Council member, Michael Stout, also ran as an independent candidate.[8]

The campaign was hard fought; the SNP spent £100,000 on the by-election - more money than the party spent during the entire EU referendum - and there was a swing of over 14% to their candidate.[9]

Result


2019 Shetland by-election[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Beatrice Wishart 5,659 47.86 −19.52
SNP Tom Wills 3,822 32.32 +9.27
Independent Ryan Thomson 1,286 10.88 N/A
Conservative Brydon Goodlad 425 3.59 −0.07
Green Debra Nicolson 189 1.60 N/A
Labour Johan Adamson 152 1.29 −4.61
Independent Michael Stout 134 1.13 N/A
Independent Ian Scott 66 0.56 N/A
UKIP Stuart Martin 60 0.51 N/A
Independent Peter Tait 31 0.26 N/A
Majority 1,837 15.54 −28.76
Turnout 11,824 66.39 +4.31
Liberal Democrats hold Swing −14.40

Previous result


Tavish Scott
2016 Scottish Parliament election: Shetland[11]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Democrats Tavish Scott 7,440 67.4 +19.9
SNP Danus Skene 2,545 23.1 +11.0
Labour Robina Barton 651 5.9 −0.7
Conservative Cameron Smith 405 3.7 +0.2
Majority 4,895 44.3 +27.1
Turnout 11,041
Liberal Democrats hold Swing

References


  1. "New MSP vote to be held in late August". The Shetland Times. July 2, 2019.
  2. Davidson, Jenni (26 June 2019). "Shetland MSP Tavish Scott to stand down from Scottish Parliament". Holyrood Magazine. Archived from the original on 11 July 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  3. "Former Lib Dem leader Tavish Scott to quit Holyrood". BBC News. 26 June 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  4. "Lib Dems hold off SNP to win Shetland by-election". BBC News. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  5. Woods, Emily (19 July 2019). "SNP announces Shetland by-election candidate". Holyrood Magazine. Archived from the original on 29 August 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  6. "SIC deputy convener Wishart will fight seat for Liberal Democrats". The Shetland Times. July 14, 2019.
  7. "Ukip names candidate for Holyrood by-election". The Shetland Times. July 10, 2019. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  8. Matter, Hans J (29 July 2019). "Former Councillor Stands on Transport Ticket". Shetland News. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  9. "SNP spent more on Shetland byelection than EU referendum". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 5 August 2021.
  10. Speare-Cole, Rebecca (30 August 2019). "Shetland by-election results: Lib Dems see off SNP challenge to retain seat". Evening Standard. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  11. "Shetland Islands". BBC News. 2016. Retrieved 5 January 2021.