Candidate Focus: Douglas Ross Conservative

Scottish Parliament Election: Highlands and Islands Regional Candidates

When you vote in the Scottish Parliament elections on Thursday 6th of May 2021.There are two ballot papers.

  1. Orkney Constituency – First Past the Post – you have one vote
  2. Highlands and Islands Region – you have one vote – you vote for a political party or an independent individual

Douglas Ross Conservative

Douglas Ross MSP

Douglas Ross is the lead candidate for the Conservatives in the Highlands and Islands Regional List.

Douglas Ross was the MSP on the Highlands and Islands Regional List from 2016 until elected as a MP for Moray in 2017. You can check out his voting record here: They Work for You

In Scotland the Conservatives are known as The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Part. Their manifesto pledge is to ‘Rebuild Scotland’

The Conservatives are counting on getting MSPs elected on the Regional Lists.

the only way we can choose to continue with recovery is by stopping that SNP majority and their plans for another independence referendum. And just like in 2016, the only way that we can prevent that outcome is if voters come together and give their party list vote to the Scottish Conservatives

2021 Manifesto

Highlands and Islands Regional Vote

There are 2 people standing as independents (not in a political party) and there are political party lists.

If you vote for an individual that is recorded as a vote for that person.

If you vote for a political party then, depending on the share of the vote that party gets across the whole region, the candidates are elected from that party selected list. The political parties have ranked their candidates according to their selection rules of who they think is the top one etc.

There are two Independents standing on the H&I list

  • Hazel Mansfield
  • Andy Wightman

Scottish National Party (SNP)

  1. Emma Roddick
  2. Kate Forbes
  3. Maree Todd
  4. Fergus Ewing
  5. Tom Wills
  6. Mike MacKenzie
  7. Robert Leslie
  8. Rhiannon Spear
  9. Jamie Szymkowiak
  10. Qasim Hanif
  11. Ken Gowans
  12. Sarah Fanet


  1. Douglas Ross
  2. Edward Mountain
  3. Donald Cameron
  4. Jamie Halcro Johnston
  5. Tim Eagle
  6. Ella Robertson McKay
  7. Struan Mackie
  8. Sam Bown
  9. Gavin Berkenheger
  10. Nick Tulloch


  1. Rhoda Grant
  2. John Erskine
  3. Marion Donaldson
  4. Jo Kirby
  5. Coilla Drake
  6. Lewis Whyte
  7. Shaun Fraser

Scottish Greens

  1. Ariane Burgess
  2. Anne Thomas
  3. Fabio Villani
  4. Steve Sankey
  5. Debra Nicolson
  6. Sand Ownsett
  7. Topher Dawson
  8. Lisa Jane Mead
  9. Chris Ballance
  10. Isabella Sumsion
  11. Phyl Meyer
  12. Luna Martin

Liberal Democrat

  1. Alan Reid
  2. Molly Nolan
  3. Denis Rixson
  4. William Sinclair
  5. Sheila Ritchie
  6. David Gregg
  7. Neil Mitchison


  1. Kirk Torrance
  2. Craig Berry
  3. Josh Robertson
  4. Judith Reid

All For Unity

  1. Moira Ramage
  2. Patricia Watson
  3. Robbie Munro
  4. Donald Boyd
  5. Paul Burrows
  6. Alastair Kennedy
  7. Paul Bradburn

Reform UK

  1. Sandra Skinner
  2. Les Durance
  3. Kate Brownlie
  4. Catherine Mount


  1. Robert Stephenson
  2. Robert Scorer
  3. Michael Burger de Frémol
  4. Duncan Geddes
  5. Alan Breeze
  6. Bryan Foster

Abolish The Scottish Parliament

Jack Malcolm

Freedom Alliance

  1. Tina McCaffery
  2. Emma Idzidowska
  3. Phil Breed
  4. Gary Cheesman
  5. Anne McCloskey

Restore Scotland

  1. Brian Nugent
  2. Andrew Macdonald

Scottish Family Party

  1. Michael Willis
  2. Phillipp Tanzer
  3. Shena McLelland
  4. Sophie Hendry
  5. Dolores Hughes

Scottish Libertarian Party

  1. Harry Christian
  2. Calum Liptrot


  1. Sean Robertson
  2. Yolanda Piotrowicz
  3. Luke Ivory

You can find out more here: Ballot Box Scotland

Orkney Constituency- there are 4 candidates standing:

  • Samuel Bown – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
  • Coilla Drake – Scottish Labour Party.
  • Robert Fraser Leslie – Scottish National Party (SNP).
  • Liam Scott McArthur – Scottish Liberal Democrats.

1 reply »

  1. Hello Jack (Drever)

    I’m not on Facebook, so can’t respond there – also, it does let me look at the page, but not interact enough to see the replies or other comments.
    I do feel that I want to point out that – ‘The Orkney News’ is far from being ‘Tory Media’ Have a look through other items, and you’ll see that.

    In fact, I’ve been thinking it’s very good of Fiona G to publish stuff from all the candidates – she’s being very fair.
    And I’m not saying this because I contribute to TON! It’s just so – if a political candidate or party send her information, such as this, she will publish it – as long as it’s not offensive. That’s her policy.
    I also realise that Fiona is very, very capable of standing up for herself! But – I admire how fair she is being, publishing items from all parties.

    Oh – by the way – if ‘The Orkney News’ was Tory media, I would have nothing to do with it!!!!!!
    When I saw that particular item, I had to restrain myself from commenting that it will be a cold day in hell when I vote Tory!

    There, I’ve got that off my chest.

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