Dentist Ian Tinkler, who is standing for election to Shetland Islands Council next year, has decided to temporarily stand down from the Wir Shetland management committee.
Wir Shetland believes that the Viking Energy project is of such a scale, that it should be subject to the approval of the whole Shetland population.
Mr Tinkler is a very strong opponent of the Viking project and felt that membership of the management committee limited his ability to speak as he wished on the subject.
He says his support for Wir Shetland is “absolute”.
Chairman James Titcomb said: “Likewise, the remaining Wir Shetland committee recognise Ian’s dedication to the cause of autonomy for Shetland and wish him all the best in his electoral campaign.”
Duncan Simpson and Alec Priest are both Wir Shetland members standing for election to the SIC, Mr Simpson being on the committee as membership secretary. Both remain members of Wir Shetland.
Mr Titcomb said: “Although Ryan Thompson decided to withdraw his membership of Wir Shetland prior to announcing his candidateship, we understand that Ryan still believes in the core aims of Wir Shetland.
“The committee recognise Ryan’s commitment to obtaining the best deal for Shetland and wish him all the best in the upcoming election.
“Wir Shetland would encourage voters in the Northern Isles to pick Duncan, Alec and Ryan for the council in May.
“Wir Shetland understand there are more members considering announcing their intentions, and would encourage anyone with an interest in autonomy for Shetland and is able to do so to put themselves forward.”