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Westminster Elections 2005
Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross

Angus Ross (Con)   Karen Shirron (SNP)  Alan Jamieson (Lab)  Luke Ivory (SSP)   John Thurso (Lib Dem)  Gordon Campbell )Ind)

All Three Highland Constituency Election Results
All three Highland seats are now Liberal Democrat.

John Thurso Wins Easily With Over 50% Of The Vote In Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross

John Thurso (Lib Dem) 13957
Alan Jamieson (Lab) 5789
Karen Shirron (SNP) 3686
Angus Ross (Con) 2835
Gordon Campbell (Ind) 848
Luke Ivory (SSP) 548

Majority in 2005  - 8168

Majority in 2001 - 2744

2001 Result
John Thurso - Lib Dem -  9041    Majority 2,744
Michael Meighan Lab - 6297
John Macadam - SNP - 5273
Robbie Rowantree - Con - 3513
Karn Mabon - SSP - 544
Gordon Campbell - Independent - 199

Westminster Election 2005 - Three Candidates Hit Wick
Alan Jamieson Labour, John Thurso Lib Dem And Luke Ivory Scottish Socialist Candidates

As the days tick by to election day on 5 May candidates are all out trying to pull in a few more votes.  On the last Saturday three candidates were in Wick.  A final round next week will see the candidates all in Thurso and Wick for eve of poll  hustings meetings.

27 April 05
Electoral Information For The Highlands
The election will cost £250,000 to run in Highland

27 April 05
Postal Voting More Than Doubles In Highland
12,098 in 2005 from 5684 in 2001
The deadline for postal voting, postal-proxy voting and voting by proxy was 5 pm on 26 April. 
The number of applications accepted by the Electoral Registration Officer across the three constituencies are:
Postal – 12,098; postal-proxy – 76; proxy – 616
The breakdown is:
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, 2,878 postal; 6 postal-proxy and 142 proxy;
Ross, Skye and Lochaber, 3,262 postal; 15 postal-proxy and 201 proxy;   
Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, 5,958 postal; 55 postal-proxy and 273 proxy.
The total number of postal applications across the three constituencies at the General Election in 2001 was 5,684.  The number of valid postal votes cast was 4,625.

27 April 05
SSP Attack Lib Dems over Iraq
Scottish Socialist Party candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Luke Ivory has joined his Party leader Colin Fox and attacked the Liberal Democrats over the Iraq war as another example of their "two-faced" politics; saying one thing on a UK wide basis and doing another in the Scottish Parliament.  Luke Ivory is critical that the government has found the money to fight the war in Iraq and compares the money spent on the war to the fact that Caithness General Hospital has not had the money for a CT scanner.

22 April 05
John Thurso, Scottish Liberal Democrat Westminster candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, speaking at meetings on Saturday underlined the importance of the UK Presidency of the G8 which meets later this year in Scotland.  “9/11 changed the world.  The immense sympathy felt for the American people throughout the world in their grief has largely been squandered in an ill-judged war in Iraq – probably illegal – against which I voted.  “This is now history and our efforts must be to work for democracy and justice in Iraq as well as to press for a just settlement to the problems of the Middle East, in particular to achieving a resolution between Israel and Palestine.

19 April 05
A total of 21 candidates are seeking election on 5 May in the three Highland UK Parliamentary constituencies.
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Constituency has attracted six candidates; Ross Skye and Lochaber Constituency, eight candidates; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey Constituency, seven candidates.
Voting takes place between 7.00 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Thursday 5 May at 283 polling stations -
76 in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
108 Ross Skye and Lochaber
99 in Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Full Details of Nominated Candidates

18 April 05
Alan Jamieson Labour - New York Trip

23 March 05
Labour's Alan Jamieson has said restructuring the north Highland economy to take advantage of the huge Government decommissioning programme at Dounreay will be one of the highest priorities for the next MP for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.  The party's prospective parliamentary candidate was speaking after a fact-finding visit to the plant, where a £2.7 billion decommissioning and clean-up programme is being driven by Labour Energy Minister Mike O'Brien.

22 March 05
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross SNP Consitituency meeting held a successful Annual General meeting on Saturday in Helmsdale Community Centre.  Niall Smith was elected as Convenor and Ken Mackay elected as Vice Convenor. Lily Byron continues for another year as Secretary with Ian Clark as the Minute Secretary. Bill Brown was re-elected as the Treasurer.  Speaking after the meeting from Helmsdale, Karen Shirron, SNP candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross for the forthcoming Westminster elections said:
"The meeting was very well attended and its great to hear that our membership in the area continues to grow. Our members are very dedicated and in good form for the work that lies ahead. There is definitely a positive feeling among the CA and the local branches and we are looking forward to this campaign where we will be asking the people of Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross to make Scotland matter by voting SNP".

18 March 05
Gordon Campbell Independent Candidate For Westminster Checks Out East Caithness
Gordon Campbell is well underway with his canvassing around Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.  On Thursday he set out to see East Caithness and meet people along the way.  He checked out many aspects from businesses, harbours, museums and even public toilets at Dunbeath.  He chatted with ladies at Laidhay croft and Latheron Post Office and other people he met along the way.  He has been round before and has stood in several elections without success but this has not dampened his enthusiasm for campaigning.  He lives in Dornoch but often lives for few days locally when campaigning.  He based himself at the Portland Arms Hotel for his East Caithness days.

16 March 05
Angus Ross Conservative Candidate Visit
Angus Ross, Westminster Conservative Party Representative for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross recently visited Dounreay. This was Mr Ross's first visit to Dounreay during which he received a presentation on the decommissioning of Dounreay followed by a tour of the site. He is pictured here outside Dounreay Fast Reactor with his assistant David Peach (left).

7 March 05
Scottish Socialists Select Luke Ivory As Candidate For North
Luke Ivory, 21, from Brora, is the SSP candidate for Caithness,
Sutherland and Easter Ross.
Other SSP candidates selected so far are
Anne MacLeod - Ross, Skye and Lochaber
George MacDonald - Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey
Norma Anderson - Moray
Joanne Telfer - Western Isles
Deirdre Henderson - Argyll & Bute
Yet To Announce  -  Orkney/Shetland

7 March 05
Everyone Will Have Chance To Vote SSP - say Highlands and Islands Socialists
The Scottish Socialist Party this week announced that they will contest every seat in the Highlands and Islands in the forthcoming General Election. The party's Regional Council, consisting of delegates from branches across the region, confirmed the decision this Sunday at a planning meeting held in Inverness. The party will contest the election in the Moray, Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey, Ross, Skye and Lochaber, the Western Isles, Argyll & Bute, Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, and Orkney and Shetland. Candidates are in place in six out of seven of the seats with Orkney and Shetland expected to announce their candidate in the next couple of weeks.

The party will campaign around the broad theme of "for socialism, independence, the environment and peace," - citing its commitment to public ownership and wealth redistribution, it's vision of an independent socialist Scotland, it's commitment to serious strategic planning to combat climate change and public investment over a wide range of renewables, and its consistent opposition to what it has called "Bush and Blair's bogus and illegal wars."

Socialists believe that standing in every seat gives them a trump card over the Green Party who will contest only a couple of seats in the region. Highlands and Islands spokesperson Steve Arnott said, "we are the real radical alternative to Blairism and establishment politics. We know that these elections are not proportional and that even if we get 5% of the vote we will not get 5% of the seats. But we believe it would be unprincipled not to offer voters a socialist alternative to the Blair/Howard circus. We are building to win an MSP seat here in the Highlands and Islands in 2007, and to have Socialist councillors elected across the region, so it's important for this party to keep momentum and make sure our core vote has the opportunity to support us again, from Campbeltown to Shetland and from the Hebrides to the Grampians.

"But we will also be saying to disillusioned Labour voters - don't be panicked by the spectre of the Tories into voting again for a party you are disgusted with. New Labour will win the election across the UK so make a meaningful protest vote here in Scotland by voting Socialist."

Socialists say it has taken a huge fundraising effort to be one of the five parties that will contest every seat, but that already the gamble is paying off in terms of new recruits to the party. Tens of thousands of pre-election bulletins introducing prospective candidates will be delivered through doors in the next few weeks.

24 February 05
Alan Jamieson  - Comes In For Labour
Alan Jamieson is the labour party selection for the coming Westminster election for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross.  A member of the Labour party since 2000 is by way of the fact that he is still at university and has an intense interest in politics.  This can be seen by his rise to be chair of Scottish Young Labour.  Currently he is completing a Masters degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Stirling and enjoy participating in a wide range of interests including various sporting activities,  reading and with bent for playing the bagpipes.

18 February 05
The SNP candidate for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross has attacked the Scottish Executive after Scotland’s local authorities announced an average 3.9% increase in their Council Tax rates.

Ms Shirron added: “Since 1997 Council Tax in the Highlands has increased by 65%.  The average B and D Council Tax in the Highlands has risen from £659 in 1997 to £1086 in 2005; an increase of £427.

“English Councils have been given a £1 billion package from Gordon Brown to cut Council Tax rises.  The Lib-Lab coalition in Edinburgh has refused to give Scottish Councils their share of the cash.

“The SNP believes that the Council tax is unjust and unfair.  It hits working families and pensioners the hardest.  The SNP are committed to abolishing the Council Tax as soon as we can and we will replace it with a Local Income Tax based on ability to pay.  This is a much fairer and equitable system as it spreads the burden of taxation across all those who can afford it and lifts the burden from the shoulders of those who can’t.  It’s time to axe the tax.”

10 February 05
Angus Ross - Conservative
Backs Nuclear Investment At Dounreay
Conservative Candidate Angus Ross welcomes the news that stalwart independent candidate Gordon Campbell has hit the campaign trail once more.  The Conservative campaign is well under way - with delivery of IN TOUCH to places all over the constituency during late 2004 and to the new area of mid-Ross during January of this year.

Angus Ross was responsible for arranging the recent visit of Sir Bernard Ingham to Thurso and welcomes the great boost he gave to the case for 'commissioning as well as decommissioning' at Dounreay. We need to use the General Election campaign to ensure that the great groundswell of public opinion is heard as 'Caithness says YES' to new nuclear investment at Dounreay - to provide real hope for the future of the Caithness economy.

Good to hear that Gordon Campbell is also behind this vital issue - and nobody should forget that the Lib Dems and the SNP are entirely opposed to nuclear power.

For a change, it is the Conservatives making all the running just now in terms of policy announcements and media coverage. Response from Labour has been muted at Westminster and inaudible in the North.

Conservative Action - More Police, Cleaner Hospitals, Lower Taxes, School Discipline, Controlled Immigration and Accountability.

7 February 05
Gordon Campbell Independent Sets Out On Campaign Trail
Gordon Campbell is once again on the election campaign trail.  He had been out an about for months in advance of any announcement and is portraying himself as "The Northern Voice".

7 February 05
Karen Shirron SNP Sasy "Make Scotland Matter"
While campaigning in Caithness, the SNP’s parliamentary candidate for the forthcoming Westminster general election, Karen Shirron, urged voters in Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross to vote for the only party that puts Scotland first; the Scottish National Party.  Speaking from Wick Ms Shirron urged:
If Scotland matters to you then make it matter in May and vote for the Scottish National Party, the only party that puts Scotland first and always.  At the forthcoming election every vote for the SNP will be a vote for a Citizens’ Pension based on residency rights irrespective of savings accrued or contributions made over the years.  This non-means-tested Citizens’ Pension will bring at least £110 for a single person and £168 for couples.

In a week when local authorities around Scotland will be setting their Council Tax increases, the SNP will continue to campaign for this unfair and regressive tax to be abolished and replaced by a local income tax based on ability to pay. 

If you want Scotland to prosper then independence is the only way forward.  Only the SNP can deliver independence.  If you believe that our pensioners deserve better and that the Council Tax should be scrapped then vote SNP at the election and make Scotland matter”

See Highland Council Proposals For Council Tax 2005/06
These proposals are on the agenda for the Highland Council meeting on 10 February 2005.

2 February 05
Kilroy goes solo with Veritas launch Guardian
Kilroy-Silk launches Veritas Telegraph.co.uk
Kilroy-Silk Starts Veritas, UK Party Named `Truth'  Bloomberg

24 January 05
Karen Shirron  - SNP Candidate Selected
The SNP have announced that their candidate for the 2005 Westminster election will be Karen Shirron.  The announcement was made in Helmsdale.  Karen Shirron is currently a local councillor with Aberdeen City
Council where she is the SNP Deputy Group Leader and a Parliamentary Assistant to Brian Adam, SNP MSP for Aberdeen North. First elected to the Council in 1999 with a majority of 7, she was re-elected in 2003 with a majority of 336.

21 July 04
2005 Westminster Election Race Is On As Conservatives Get Going Early With New Candidate
If an early start and planning are going to help then Angus Ross is leaving nothing to chance as he is already visiting groups and businesses in the north and getting ready to set up his campaign office in the Autumn well ahead of the announcement of the date for the election expected to be called in 2005.

21 July 04
Local Conservatives name Westminster Parliamentary Candidate
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross conservative Association have selected Angus Ross as their Prospective Parliamentary Candidate to contest the seat in the General Election – widely expected to be called early next year.  Angus Ross will be returning to his family roots in the Highlands.

Sitting Candidate Is John Thurso - Lib Dem

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2001 Result In Caithness Sutherland & Easter Ross
John Thurso - Lib Dem -  9041    Majority 2,744
Michael Meighan Labour - 6297
John Macadam - SNP - 5273
Robbie Rowantree - Conservative - 3513
Karn Mabon - Scottish Socialist - 544
Gordon Campbell - Independent - 199

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