16 Candidates for Crofting Commission Elections

The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) welcomed the high number of nominations for the Crofting Commission elections citing it as a very positive sign for crofting.

The number of people willing to stand as candidates for the forthcoming Crofting Commission elections is very heartening,” said Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation. It shows that crofters care about the survival of crofting and the Crofting Commission. There is a resilience within the crofting community and the will to move on.

Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation

Russell Smith, Chair of the Scottish Crofting Federation

On the closing of the nominations on Friday 27th January, a total of 16 candidates have stood for election. There are 3 contesting East Highlands, 5 contesting South West Highlands, 4 contesting West Highlands and 2 contesting the Western Isles. Caithness & Orkney and Shetland put up one candidate each so there will be no need to hold elections in those constituencies.”

Mr Smith continued, “It is very positive that so many have stood to be counted in the Highland constituencies, especially in the South West. The Western Isles have 2 candidates but it was disappointing that Scottish Government did not take the opportunity to create further constituencies in such a large area. Orkney has relatively few crofts now so it is perhaps no surprise to have only one nomination but it is disappointing that Shetland only put forward one candidate when it is has so many well-worked crofts.

“But we have enough candidates to run an election and to form a new Commission with crofter representation. That is what this is all about. We now need a good turnout to vote on 16th March, and await the Scottish Government to make the remaining appointment.”

Constituency Candidates Surname Address
East Highlands
(East Sutherland, Easter Ross, East Inverness and Moray)
Teanroit, Beauly, IV4 7EX
Orsay, Old Inn Croft, Blairninich, Ross-shire, IV14 9AD
John Ferme
Keepers House, Balnacoil, Brora, Sutherland, KW9 6LX
South West Highlands
(Lochaber, Argyll & Bute, Arran and Cumbrae, Small Isles)
5 Bohuntin, Roy Bridge, Lochaber, PH31 4AH
Colin Niall
Croft No2, Arinagour, Highland Corrie, Isle of Coll, PA78 6SY 
Cul a’Bhile, Bohuntin, Roy Bridge, Inverness PH31 4AH
27 Cruachan Cottages, Taynuilt, Argyll, PA35 1JG
2 Caledonian Road, Inverness, IV3 5RA
West Highlands
(West Sutherland, Wester Ross, Skye & Lochalsh)
Jonathan James
Caravan, Rossal, Rogart, IV28 3UD
Stephen William
13 Sand Passage, Laide, Wester Ross, IV22 2ND
Torran, Loggie, Lochbroom, Ullapool, Ross-shire, IV23 2SG
O’DONNGHAILE (DONNELLY) Peter 5 Camustianabhaig, Portree, IV51 9LQ
Western Isles MACEACHE
15 Aird, Balivanich, Benbecula, HS7 5LT
Iain M
23 Laxay, Isle of Lewis, HS2 9PJ
Caithness and Orkney ANNAL
Stensigar, South Ronaldsay,Orkney,KW17 2RJ
Shetland HOLT
North House, Papa Stour, Shetland, ZE2 9PW

Scottish Crofting Federation

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