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
Highland council members today (9 December 2019) wholeheartedly gave their support to a report to Council on tackling gender-based violence. Highland Council has been working closely with trade union colleagues and Close the Gap to create a zero-tolerance culture towards gender-based violence.
Highland councillors today approved the findings of a public consultation supporting the introduction of a Highland Transient Visitor Levy and committed to further work to develop an optimal scheme for Highland. The results of more than 6600 responses gathered through online and face-to-face surveys, alongside a pre-consultation with the tourism industry and written submissions received from representatives from the tourism industry and local communities were considered by Members.
Members have approved a proposal to substantially increase the payment to foster carers at the meeting of Highland Council today, Monday 9 December 2019. The new payment proposal recognises the valuable role of foster carers in providing a home and care for the most vulnerable children within their Highland community.
Voters in the three Highland constituencies for the UK Parliamentary general election of: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross, Skye and Lochaber; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey are being reminded by Returning Officer Donna Manson that their vote matters. On Thursday 12 December voting begins with all Highland polling stations opening their doors at 7am and remaining open for voters until 10pm.
New guidance for parents and carers who wish to apply for deferred or early entry to Highland schools for their children has been approved (subject to some additional conditions agreed) by Members of The Highland Council's Care, Learning and Housing Committee. The guidance is helping to deliver the Council's Programme priority to ‘expand early years provision and provide the best start for young people across Highland’.
A question from Councillor Ben Thomson to Highland Council meeting next week. To the Chair of the Corporate Resources Committee "What reassurance can the Council provide that it is applying discretion where appropriate to the imposition of the 200% Council Tax rate applicable to empty homes? i.e.
Members will be asked to approve a proposal to substantially increase the payment to foster carers at the meeting of Highland Council on Monday 9 December 2019. The new payment proposal recognises the valuable role of foster carers in providing a home and care for the most vulnerable children within their Highland community.
The public is being asked for its views on proposals by The Highland Council to review the maximum level of charges for the hire of taxis or private hire cars fitted with taxi meters operating under licence of The Highland Council. The Council has a statutory duty in terms of Section 17 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 to review its scales for the fares and other taxi related charges every 18 months.
Improving literacy and numeracy is giving more young people a better chance of fulfilling their potential in life. Highland Council is committed to tackling poverty and inequality and enabling all our children and young people to reach their full potential, with a focus on reducing the attainment gap for those from more disadvantaged communities across the Highlands.
Helen Budge, Director of Children's Services at Shetland Islands Council, has taken up the mantle as Lead Officer for the Northern Alliance. She will be supported in leading the improvement collaborative by a quality improvement manager, working with Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Highland, Moray, Orkney and Shetland councils to improve the life chances of children and young people.
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