Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross Constituency

Parliamentary Candidate –

Sandra Skinner

Email:  [email protected]

Biography:

Brought up in North Lanarkshire, Sandra left school with no qualifications.
Before moving to the Highlands in 1989, she attended Glasgow University as a mature student, graduating with a BEng Engineering, before completing a Masters in Construction Law at Strathclyde University in 2003 while at home with her young children.

A lengthy career in the Offshore Fabrication Industry, both UK and overseas, she successfully executed a variety of roles within this challenging industry before transitioning to renewables – all providing invaluable professional, personal and cultural experiences.

Since returning home, Sandra has been an active community volunteer. Participated in various community groups, she also supported local salmon fishermen following the Scottish Government’s ban on the centuries-old tradition of coastal salmon-netting and more recently local opposition to the construction of an industrial scale anaerobic digester plant within her local community.

Through her career in the heavy fabrication industry, it frustrated her seeing politicians across all parties preside over Scotland’s industrial demise. Her passion to reverse this, motivated her to stand in the 2015 and 2019 General Elections; 2017 Council Election; 2021 Scottish Election and the current 2024 General Election. It was also a driving force behind her decision to campaign to leave the European Union in 2016.

Both our UK and SG have long championed renewables, indeed our former FM Alex Salmond once claimed Scotland had the potential to be the “Saudi Arabia of renewables” and back in 2010 the deputy First Minister Mr Swinney promised a renewable ‘jobs bonanza’ of 28,000 Scottish jobs, yet a decade later in Feb 2020, it was reported only 6% of these jobs had been delivered, the vast majority having gone overseas!

Whether Renewable Development; Decommissioning Scotland’s Oil & Gas Platforms or other major developments, the political enthusiasm to ensure a level of ‘in-country’ procurement / ‘local’ skilled jobs to deliver that ‘Second Industrial Revolution’ has not been evident. Sadly, the failure to utilise our freedom from EU State Aid and Procurement Regulations and deliver these much needed local jobs, has been a failure of politicians both north and south of the border, and across the political divide!

The economic, social and health consequences of cross-party supported extensive lockdowns, followed by a cost-of living crisis, we now see an increase in unemployment and those economically inactive, whist millions across the country experience a decline in living standards – another example of the colossal failure of the current Political Establishment!

Our politicians and political parties have failed us, the time is right for much-needed change, new blood to drive innovative policies to deliver for the ordinary people living and working within our local communities.

If elected as Member of Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, Sandra promises to work tirelessly to deliver that change.

 

Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross Constituency Map

New constituency boundary is highlighted in dark green

Caithness Sutherland and Easter Ross Constituency Information

Electorate: 74,896

Wards:

  • North, West and Central Sutherland
  • Thurso and Northwest Caithness
  • Wick and East Caithness
  • East Sutherland and Edderton
  • Wester Ross, Strathpeffer and Lochalsh

 

  • Cromarty Firth
  • Tain and Easter Ross
  • Dingwall and Seaforth
  • Black Isle
  • Aird and Loch Ness