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Dingwall to host general election hustings focusing on energy


By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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DINGWALL is set to host a general election hustings for candidates running for the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross constituency, with a focus on energy projects in the area.

The hustings is set to take place on June 28 in Dingwall Town Hall, for a 7.30pm start.

Dr John Heathcote under a 400 kV pylon. He is amongst local campaigners to have voiced concerns about routes for proposed new transmission lines. Picture: James Mackenzie
Dr John Heathcote under a 400 kV pylon. He is amongst local campaigners to have voiced concerns about routes for proposed new transmission lines. Picture: James Mackenzie

Organisers say the event is an opportunity for constituents concerned about energy in the local area to question the candidates on the topic specifically.

So far, three out of the seven candidates for the constituency have confirmed they will be attending the event.

The candidates who have so far confirmed attendance are:

•Jamie Stone, Liberal Democrat – incumbent until the election was called.

•Lucy Beattie, SNP.

•Steve Chisholm, Alba Party.

Candidates also invited and yet to confirm their attendance at time of writing are:

•Eva Kestner, Labour.

•Anne Thomas, Greens.

•Fiona Fawcett, Conservative.

•Sandra Skinner, Reform UK.

Explaining more about what the event will cover, organiser Dan Bailey said: “With the Spittal-Beauly line and substations, new onshore wind farms and battery storage facilities, our constituency is currently subject to an unprecedented number of proposed energy projects. The cumulative impact of these many developments will change the face of our area forever.

“From promises of jobs in renewables, to the impact of pylons – you can ask the candidates anything about energy generation and transmission.“

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