Orkney Liberal Democrats have unanimously selected Liam McArthur MSP to defend his seat at the Scottish Parliamentary elections next May.
Liam McArthur has been Orkney's MSP since 2007 when he succeeded fellow Scottish Liberal Democrat, Jim Wallace. Mr McArthur has subsequently been re-elected twice, most recently in 2016 when he increased his majority and secured well over half the votes cast.
Prior to entering the Scottish Parliament, Liam McArthur worked as a Special Adviser to the Deputy First Minister and former Orkney MSP, Jim Wallace in the then Scottish Executive. Mr McArthur, who grew up on Sanday, lives with his family in Burray.
This will be the fourth election contested by Mr McArthur as he looks to extend his 13 year service working on behalf of the people of Orkney.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
“I’m delighted to have been re-selected to stand in next year’s Scottish Parliamentary Elections. I’m grateful to members of the local party for giving me their support to contest what will be a critically important election for our islands and the country.
“It has been an enormous privilege to serve the people of Orkney over the last 13 years and to make sure the voice of islanders and our community is heard loud and clear at Holyrood and beyond.
“Whether it’s making the case for greater investment in our lifeline transport links, campaigning to improve broadband and mobile phone coverage, standing up for our key sectors of our economy from fishing and farming to energy and tourism, strengthening legislation to tackle fuel poverty, delivering new powers to ‘island proof’ policy and decisions taken by government. On these and many other issues, I have always put the needs, views and interests of the people of Orkney first.
“My instinct has always been to work collaboratively where I can, whether with local groups and individuals or with Ministers and colleagues from across the political spectrum. That can often be the most effective way of getting the best deal for our islands. However, where government ignores the needs of islanders or treats our community unfairly, I have also been quick to challenge Ministers.
“At all times though, I have done my best to be an approachable, accessible and accountable representative for the people and communities that I have been immensely proud to serve since 2007. That will continue to be my priority if elected again in May.
“As we look to rebuild from the devastating impact of Covid, I believe Orkney needs an experienced, hardworking representative who will listen and act with the interests of our islands at heart. I believe my track record as Orkney’s MSP over the last 13 years makes me the best choice to take on that responsibility and I hope to be able to persuade voters to once again put their trust in me to deliver for them.
Commenting on the selection of Beatrice Wishart as the Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for Shetland, Mr McArthur added:
"I'm delighted that Shetland Liberal Democrats have selected my friend and colleague, Beatrice Wishart to stand in next May's election. Beatrice and I have worked closely together since her victory at the by-election last year and I have been impressed by the impact she has been able to make in a very short space of time.
"That collaborative approach is in the best interests of people and communities in both Orkney and Shetland. I very much look forward to continuing that Team Northern Isles approach, alongside Beatrice and Alistair Carmichael, up to and beyond the election next May."