Donna is the SNP candidate
Local academic Professor Donna Heddle has been unanimously selected as the Scottish National Party’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Orkney seat in the forthcoming Holyrood election.
Donna has a strong and demonstrable commitment to Orkney. She developed the £1.1 million package for the Centre for Nordic Studies, along with the Department of Cultural and Nordic Studies and the award winning BA (Hons) Scottish Cultural Studies degree, thus creating new jobs and enhancing the standing of Orkney and its cultural heritage worldwide. In the recent UK wide research assessment exercise, the Centre for Nordic Studies was rated the top research area in the University of the Highlands and Islands and fifth equal in Britain with the University of Oxford.
She is very proud of her family links to Orkney, which go back to 1469 and include a place name on Hoy. She comes from farming stock – one grandfather was a dairy and arable farmer, and the other was a sheep farmer –has run her own business and has worked extensively with both SME and larger businesses across the Highlands and Islands so has a wealth of real life experiences well as the experience of being candidate in 2011. She set up the very successful STGA Tourist Guiding Orkney Green Badge training courses which have helped Orkney maintain its profile at the top of the cruise industry in Britain.
Following her selection, Donna said “It is a great honour to be chosen to contest the Orkney seat on behalf of the SNP. I am looking forward to the campaign ahead, during which I will focus on the specific economic and social challenges we face here in Orkney.”
“The Scottish Government has shown its commitment to Orkney by building new schools and by their written pledges in the Empowering Scotland’s Island Communities document, which is their response to the island led Our Islands, Our Future Campaign. These pledges are being met. We now have a dedicated Islands Minister, for example.
The Scottish Government have been working closely with the Orkney Islands Council on key issues such as transport, looking at the most appropriate fares structure for the islands, the next ferries contract, and the replacement of the existing fleet. They have also been working on measures to address fuel poverty which is a very real issue here in Orkney, and most recently, they held a dedicated education summit for the islands attended by the three OIOF councils and the Cabinet Secretary for Education,. All this shows what can be achieved by working with the Scottish Government to secure Orkney’s interests.
“It is important to have a strong party voice for Orkney in the Scottish parliament to build on this, and to get the most from the Islands Bill planned for the next parliament. If the voters of Orkney place their confidence in me, I will be that voice”
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