The Conservatives have selected young local Cameron Smith as their party candidate in next year’s Scottish parliament elections.
Mr Smith, who is a son to SIC councillor George Smith, is a 28 year-old adviser to the Conservative Party and the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament in Brussels.
He went to school in Sandwick then the Anderson High School in Lerwick, before achieving a Masters in Law from the University of Edinburgh in 2009.
Mr Smith said he was “excited” by the prospect of running for the Shetland seat next May.
He described the vision laid down by Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson as an alternative to the “failing” SNP administration and “floundering” Labour party.
“I am delighted to have been selected by our local members to stand as the Conservative candidate for Shetland. I am excited to launch my campaign, and set out the Scottish Conservatives vision, under Ruth Davidson’s leadership, of an alternative to the failing SNP administration and floundering Labour Party.
“In areas under their control, such as health, education and policing, the SNP in government have precious little to claim as successes.
Their record is even weaker on issues of particular importance to Shetland, exemplified by the current chaos surrounding the fishing discard ban.
“I believe that more must be done to return local control over key issues to Shetland, far beyond simple political slogans that promote ‘island proofing’ yet in practice are met with increasing centralisation over all areas of government.
“I will be working to make this positive change for Shetland – building on the work of Our Islands, Our Future – as part of a dynamic Scotland, grounded in a strong union.”
Mr Smith is described as having been active in campaigning with the local Conservative Association, and has worked on recent Conservative European and General election campaigns and the Better Together campaign.
Chairman of the Shetland Conservative Association, Maurice Mullay said the Tories were now the main opposition to the SNP in the Scottish parliament.
“We are delighted to have an outstanding young local Conservative candidate for Shetland of the calibre and quality of Cameron Smith. His local knowledge and passion for Shetland, combined with political experience at a high level and dynamic character, are tremendous assets for a candidate.
“He can represent the islands and islanders interests at the highest levels with ability, confidence, diligence and enthusiasm. Scottish Conservatives are now the main opposition party to the SNP in the Scottish parliament.”