Moray-based SNP activist Barry Weiland-Jarvis to stand for Highlands and Islands regional list
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A MORAY-BASED SNP activist is set to stand for the party's Highlands and Islands regional list for the Scottish Parliamentary Election in May.
Barry Weiland-Jarvis, from Elgin, is the only person from Moray standing to be on the SNP's list for the area.
Voting will be open for the next two weeks for SNP members currently residing in the Highlands and Islands region, with 15 candidates to be whittled down to seven.
Those seven candidates will all be on the list, in order, for the May election.
According to Mr Weiland-Jarvis, formerly a Moray Labour councillor, he is part of a highly-competitive field.
He said: “It is great to see such a large number of folks from a broad range of backgrounds putting themselves forward.
"I am a firm believer that we should always do what we can to ensure that parliament reflects the electorate and that those who are going to feel the impact of decisions have their views heard during the process.
"It certainly shows that there is a healthy debate within the party and that members will be getting a wide range of options for who gets to be placed on the list.”
Despite the competition, Mr Weiland-Jarvis believes he has what is takes to be a list MSP for the SNP.
"Over the last few years, I feel like I have seen and experienced first hand many of the major issues affecting the region," he added.
"From having to move repeatedly to find accommodation, to struggling to find a reasonable, fulfilling job in the area and battling mental illness, I know how difficult it can be for people.
“I believe my experience of listening to, and supporting, communities, as both a professional and as a grassroots activist, gives me a strong understanding of how to work to support communities all across the region and I can put this all to good use if elected.”
The Holyrood election is due to go ahead on May 6 this year.
In 2016, the SNP won six of the eight seats available in the Highlands and Islands region through the 'constituency vote'.
In the regional vote, the Conservatives won three of the seven available seats, with two going to Labour and one each to the Greens and the SNP.
The full list of those who have put themselves forward for the SNP's list is: Math Campbell-Sturgess; Lorna Douglas; Fergus Ewing; Sarah Fanet; Kate Forbes; Ken Gowans; Qasim Hanif; Robert Leslie; Mike Mackenzie; Emma Roddick; Rhiannon Spear; Jamie Szymkowiak; Maree Todd; Tom Wills and Barry Weiland-Jarvis.