Candidates Confirmed for UK Parliamentary General Election 2019
15th November 2019
18 candidates are seeking election on Thursday 12 December 2019 for 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 6 candidates.
Candidates in each of the three constituencies are as follows:
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
- Cheryl Ann MCDONALD - Scottish Labour Party
- Karl Calder ROSIE - Scottish National Party (SNP)
- Andrew David SINCLAIR - Scottish Conservative and Unionist
- Sandra SKINNER - Brexit Party
- Jamie Hume STONE - Scottish Liberal Democrats
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
- Gavin Ingo BERKENHEGER - Scottish Conservative and Unionist
- Kate BROWNLIE - Brexit Party
- Ian BLACKFORD - Scottish National Party (SNP)
- Donald MacLeod BOYD - Scottish Christian Party "Proclaiming Christ's Lordship"
- John Robert ERSKINE - Scottish Labour Party
- Craig Thomas Alexander HARROW - Scottish Liberal Democrats
- Richard Crewe LUCAS – Scottish Family Party – Putting Families First
Registering to vote:
- Ariane Claire BURGESS – Scottish Green Party
- Les DURANCE – Brexit Party
- Fiona Gay FAWCETT - Scottish Conservative and Unionist
- Drew HENDRY - Scottish National Party (SNP)
- Robert Denis James RIXSON - Scottish Liberal Democrats
- Lewis Ian WHYTE - Scottish Labour Party
To vote in the 2019 election you must be aged 18 or over and your name must be on the electoral register. You can register to vote online at https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you're already registered to vote and haven't moved since, you don't need to re-register. The registration deadline is midnight on Tuesday 26 November 2019.
Anyone who would like more information on registering can get in touch with the:
Electoral Registration Officer,
16-18 Bank Street,
Inverness IV1 1QY
Phone: 0800 393783
Voting by post or by proxy:
In this election you can opt to vote in person, by proxy or by post. The deadline to apply for a new postal vote or a postal proxy application or to change an existing postal or proxy vote is Tuesday 26 November (5pm). The deadline date to apply for a proxy vote to appoint someone to vote on your behalf at a polling station is Wednesday 4 December (5pm). Forms can be downloaded from https://highland.gov.uk/hwi-vjb
Voting will take place on Thursday 12 December with polling stations across the Highlands open from 7am to 10pm. The votes will be counted overnight at Inverness Leisure, Bught Lane, Inverness.
Postal votes can also be handed in at any polling station in Highland between 7am and 10pm on polling day.
Further information on the UK Parliamentary election including statement of persons nominated in the three Highland constituencies can be viewed on the council's website https://www.highland.gov.uk
Following a review taxi fares in Highland have been held at the same level by the Highland Council Licensing Committee held on 18 February 2019. The papers and the debate on this issue can be seen at items six on the webcast - https://highland.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/469655 There is a 14 Day period for appeal.
A study is underway into the feasibility of replacing Scotland's second busiest ferry service with a fixed link bridge or tunnel. The Highland Council, HITRANS and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) are joint funding the study at the Corran Narrows in Lochaber.
The standstill period under the Council's Trades Services Framework agreement was due to close with effect from Monday 17th February 2020, with the intention of a proposed go live date with the new arrangements and contracts of 24th February. The standstill period is a defined period of time between the notice of the contract award decision and the award of the contract.
On 14th February 2020 the Highland council place an advert in the Northern times newspaper regarding the Spaceport planning application as follows. - THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (SCOTLAND) ACT 1997 TOWN and COUNTRY PLANNING (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2017.
Members today approved a modest 3% rent increase for residential rents and service charges following detailed consultation with tenants. The increase will result in a rise in the average weekly council house rent from £75.38 to £77.74 (£2.26), which means that Highland rents are still 8th lowest of the 26 councils which retain housing.
Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer's first annual report highlights successes and challenges.` Highland Council's new Chief Social Work Officer for Highland Council, Karen Ralston, has enjoyed a successful first year in her role. Members today noted the 2018/19 annual report at the meeting of the Health, Wellbeing and Social Care committee.
Highland Council Trading Standards are again warning unsuspecting residents of the emergence of a new Council Tax scam. Today a call was received by the Council from a Council Tax payer alerting to a Council Tax scam whereby scammers are now texting people and informing them that they are due a Council Tax rebate.
The Highland Council has published the Highland Common Good Asset Register following the completion of a consultation process required by the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. The Register has been published on the Council's website and can be accessed from the download link on the page titled "Common Good Asset Register" or at the following link: https://www.highland.gov.uk/info/20010/community_planning/840/common_good_asset_register For ease of reference, the Register has been divided in the separate former Burghs having recorded Common Good Funds - Cromarty, Dingwall, Dornoch, Fortrose and Rosemarkie, Invergordon, Inverness, Nairn and Tain.
According to the draft Scottish Govenment budget, Highlands and Islands Enterprise will get £58.2 million in the upcoming financial year - down from £61.1 million last year. 2018/19 the budget was £71.7 million.
The Highland Licensing Committee, at their meeting on 14 January 2020, made their final resolution in relation to the licensing of the public performance of plays under the public entertainment licensing regime after the repeal of the Theatres Act 1968. This was after the completion of the 28 day statutory consultation period as set out in section 9 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982.
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