Highland nominations for General Election 2015
9th April 2015
A total of 19 candidates are seeking election on Thursday 7 May in the three Highland UK Parliamentary General Election constituencies.
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency has attracted 5 candidates; Ross Skye and Lochaber constituency, 7 candidates; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency, 7 candidates.
Voting will take place between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 7 May at 283 polling stations (76 in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; 112 in Ross, Skye and Lochaber; and 95 in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey).
The count will take place overnight, starting as soon after 10 pm as possible at the Highland Football Academy, Victoria Park, Dingwall.
Steve Barron, Chief Executive of The Highland Council is the Returning Officer for the three constituencies.
Candidates in each of the three constituencies are as follows:
· Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Constituency
o John Robert Erskine - Scottish Labour Party.
o Alastair Robert Graham - Scottish Conservative and Unionist.
o Paul William Monaghan - Scottish National Party (SNP).
o Ann Therese Murray - UK Independence Party (UKIP).
o John Archibald Sinclair Thurso - Scottish Liberal Democrats.
· Ross, Skye and Lochaber Constituency
o Philip Andrew Anderson - UK Independence Party (UKIP).
o Ian Blackford - Scottish National Party (SNP).
o Ronnie Campbell - Independent.
o Chris Conniff - Scottish Labour Party.
o Charles Peter Kennedy - Scottish Liberal Democrats.
o Lindsay Sarah McCallum - Scottish Conservative and Unionist.
o Anne Katherine Thomas - Scottish Green Party.
· Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
o Danny Alexander - Scottish Liberal Democrats.
o Donald MacLeod Boyd - Scottish Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship".
o Les Durance - UK Independence Party (UKIP).
o Drew Hendry - Scottish National Party (SNP).
o Edward Brian Stanford Mountain - Scottish Conservative and Unionist.
o Isla Maree O'Reilly - Scottish Green Party.
o Mike Robb - Scottish Labour Party.
Further information on the UK Parliamentary Election including statement of persons nominated in the 3 Highland constituencies can be viewed at: www.highland.gov.uk/ge2015
Highland Councillors considered Scottish Government's proposals for changes to the management of schools at today's meeting of the Council. The Scottish Government is proposing new legislation on education, which would include a Headteachers Charter, placing even more responsibility and accountability for the running of schools on Headteachers, with other responsibilities passing to a new collaborative organisation covering Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles, Argyll and Bute as well as Highland.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time. It is not intended to imply that any individual route is entirely snow and ice free and drivers must be aware that conditions can change rapidly and make their own assessment of conditions for travelling.
The Highland Council today welcomed the proposal by the Scottish Government to establish a national not-for-profit energy company and agreed to make a case for the proposed company to be based in the Highlands. The motion, put forward by Cllr Richard Laird and Cllr Iain Cockburn, sets out the belief that Highland customers do not always experience the benefits of the energy produced in our communities and therefore proposes that the Council engage with the Scottish Government to make the case for the energy company to be based in the Highlands, where much of the energy is produced, and bringing jobs and benefits to the region.
The Highland Council has agreed to set up a tourism working group to take a strategic overview and set priorities to support the success and growth of tourism in the Highlands. The Council has also agreed to identify financial support that allows EventScotland and their partners to bid for future major International events to be hosted in Highland.
The Highland Council is reassuring people in the region that since Storm Caroline and the arrival of winter weather to the region, the Council's Community Services has been deploying all of its available resources to tackle the condition of Highland Council pavements and roads. The Council's gritting fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over 200 staff providing winter maintenance services.
Budget update Council will today consider a potential budget gap of £33.5 million in the next financial year in 2018-19. It will take several days to achieve clarification of the precise settlement to The Highland Council following the Scottish Government's draft budget announcement.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting . The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
With Storm Caroline hitting the Highlands yesterday, today's heavy snowfall and the forecast for a drop in temperatures over the next 48 hours, the Highland Council's crews and winter vehicles have been busy in action. The fleet includes 105 gritters, 42 footpath tractors and over the coming months 200 plus staff will be providing winter maintenance services.
Wick Campus, including Wick High School, Newtonpark Primary School and High Life Highland Leisure facilities will remain closed on Friday 8 December 2017. The closure is due to high winds during Storm Caroline today which caused some damage to part of the roof of the Wick campus gym, causing the metal flashing around a roof light to become detached.
Following the high winds forecast and experienced this week due to Storm Caroline, The Highland Council is encouraging landowners to check trees and vegetation near to public roads which may have been damaged. Roads affected by fallen trees this morning were near Beauly; Achnagarron near Invergordon and Lochaber which staff are clearing.
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