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Thurs, 5th December – Robert Leslie had a great visit to the Shetland Monitor Farm on Thursday afternoon, with Aimee Budge outlining concerns around livestock transport for slaughter among other things. The value of having a local abattoir is something for Robert to take back to Orkney for further discussion.  Aimee was enthusiastic about how the monitor farm project had gone, with her and sister Kirsty having had lots of support from the wider community.

Thursday, 5th December – Robert Leslie had a tour of Lerwick Brewery with Jon Pulley and Jonny Sandison, who head up the operation to produce their range of craft beers. Their new bar facilities have been developed with tourists – particularly liner passengers – in mind, so any adverse effects of Brexit would be a blow. Here’s hoping we can raise a glass to escaping Brexit in the near future!

Saturday, 3oth November – Robert on the campaign trail visiting folk & canvassing in Orkney

Sunday, 24th Nov – Robert out and about visiting the Rousay, sharing a joke with the skipper, wooing voters in the Rousay bar, impressing future voters at the school fate and winning jam in the lucky dip. Very positive reaction. Main topic was obviously internal ferry costs.

Robert Leslie, Orkney - Saturday 23rd Nov

What a great way to spend my 50th Birthday morning, taking part in Kirkwall City Pipe Band’s centenary parade. We were marching in the footsteps of the original members, who first paraded on 23rd November 1919.

Saturday 23rd Nov - Shetland SNP Out Canvassing

Out canvassing today in Kalliness. Really interesting feedback. Great to meet Angela’s neighbours.

Robert Leslie SNP Candidate chats to Lyall Gair.
Lyall is an avid SNP supporter in Shetland and was Guizer Jarl for Shetland’s Up-Helly-A.

Robert Leslie meets the famous Aly Bain who has a few thoughts!


Thurs, 14th November – World famous Shetland fiddler Aly Bain endorses our SNP candidate for the Northern Isles, Robert Leslie. Speaking in Lerwick yesterday after the first night of his tour with Old Möller and Bruce Molsky, Aly said: “We’ve got to vote SNP. I can’t stand another five years of Boris Johnson.”

The Lerwick-born musician was playing his first gig in Shetland since major heart surgery. He got the biggest cheer of the night from a packed house when he said: “I’d like to dedicate this concert to the NHS.”