With the suspension of electioneering as a mark of respect for events in Manchester, the BSCG’s hustings event was POSTPONED.

The hustings are now rescheduled for 7.00 - 9.00pm on Thursday 1st of June 2017 at the Badenoch Centre, Spey Street, Kingussie, PH21 1EH. Note change of venue to the Badenoch Centre.

Environment Matters Question Time with the Westminster candidates.

Your chance to question our candidates on any aspect of the environment.

Thursday 1st June 7.00 - 9.00pm.
Badenoch Centre, Spey Street, Kingussie PH21 1EH.

Everybody Welcome, Free. Donations welcome.

Venue details.

Revided 2017 hustings poster

Download Revised Hustings Poster.

BSCG invited all the candidates for the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey constituency to prepare a short introductory statement about themselves and the environment to present at the hustings, and which will be displayed on BSCG's website as and when we receive them.

Thanks to Ritchie Cunningham, Liberal Democrat, who has been the first to respond, with the following statement:

Ritchie Cunningham, Liberal Democrat

"Ritchie Cunningham has lived in the Highlands for 31 years, at first in Inverness and for the last 13 years in Nairn. Ritchie has a strong local knowledge and his wide experience makes him an ideal candidate to stand up for the Highlands.

  • Education Adviser to Highland Regional Council for 5 years (1986-91)
  • Headteacher of Inverness High School for 23 years (1991-2014)
  • He has served on the boards of UHI and Inverness College, giving of his time freely to develop education opportunities throughout the Highlands
  • Served as an unpaid director on several local charities
  • Experience as a teacher, examiner and author

As a trained Geographer Ritchie is well informed on environmental issues and has written extensively on numerous environmental topics in several of his textbooks and other publications."

Thanks to Donald Boyd, Scottish Christian Party, for the following statement:

“Dr Donald Boyd is a 62 y/o, retired medical doctor, married with four adult children and three grandchildren. He is the leader of the Scottish Christian Party and the candidate for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey constituency in the 2017 General Election.

The Scottish Christian Party supports sustainable development and campaigns against built-in obsolescence fuelling consumerism.

The 2017 Scottish Environment LINK Manifesto calls “on all parties to put sustainability and the protection of our natural environment at the heart of their manifestos.” The Scottish Christian Party has always done so. The first paragraph in the first manifesto ever produced by the Scottish Christian Party was about Sustainability:

“Scotland’s natural resources and its historical work ethic are well suited to self-sustainability in the climate of reduced reliance on fossil fuels. Wise stewardship of God-given resources is essential to build a just and prosperous nation. Scotland has great natural advantages that, properly managed, can provide the essential services for civilised life and useful productive employment. The economy should be the servant of the people of Scotland, not their master.
"To achieve self-sustainability waste must be reduced. We will encourage built-in continuity rather than built-in obsolescence. We will seek to improve energy efficiency in our homes and lifestyles. We will also support local supply of food and recreation, power and building materials.” Scottish Christian Party Holyrood Manifesto 2007.

The practicalities of Brexit mean that the Scottish Christian Party supports the default position of incorporating EU standards into UK law, and that subsequent changes should only be implemented through proper debate in a post-Brexit administration.
We see climate change as God’s method of knocking unwilling international heads together, and it presents a global opportunity for international co-operation to replace unsustainable competitiveness, which combined with the sabbatarian theme within Christianity reminds mankind to slow down to a sustainable rate of progress.
Our policies on Energy and the Environment are available on our website at http://www.ukchristianparty.org/energy-and-the-environment.html

Tuesday 29 November at 8.00pm.

Gareth is the Capercaillie Project Officer working for the RSPB in partnership with others, including Scottish Natural Heritage and the Forestry Commission.

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Photos from 2016 hustings.

7pm - 9pm on Thursday 21 April.

Covering the two constituencies of: Inverness and Nairn; and Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch.

Free, all welcome.

Location: Aviemore Community Centre, Muirton, Aviemore, PH22 1SF.

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The candidates who attended the hustings:

Conservative - Edward Mountain, Strathspey
Green - Isla O'Reilly, H&I list
Labour - David Stewart, Strathspey
LibDem - Carolyn Caddick - Strathspey
RISE - Jean Urquhart, H&I list
SNP - Maree Todd, H&I list
Solidarity - Liz Walker, H&I list
UKIP - Philip Anderson, H&I list


We are delighted that Clare Symonds will be giving BSCG a talk about improving planning in Scotland on Wednesday 30 March in Carrbridge village Hall at 7.30pm. Clare is the founder and chair of Planning Democracy and has been recognised in the Scottish Sustainable Development Forum’s Green List for her work to improve community engagement in Scottish planning. Clare has worked on community empowerment issues in both local government and the voluntary sector strengthening her belief that a robust, democratic planning system is crucial for shaping fairer and more sustainable places.

2016 March talk Clare Symonds poster

Planning Democracy is a national charity established in 2009 with the aim of strengthening democracy by promoting a stronger public voice in the Scottish land-use planning system. Planning Democracy was established in response to growing concerns from individuals and groups who found that Scotland's planning reforms, implemented in 2009, had made little difference to their ability to understand and influence the planning process. There is a perceived failure of democratic planning which has resulted in many people feeling dis-empowered, and unable to influence what happens in their own areas. The concern it holds is that this situation leads to development being strongly dictated by market forces and has huge implications for social and environmental injustices. Planning Democracy wants to ensure the public is fairly and equitably involved in the planning process believing this will lead to more locally accountable, robust planning decisions, driven by need rather than profit.

Planning Democracy is a campaigning and influencing charity. It is the only organisation in Scotland representing the community perspective and promoting cultural and structural changes to facilitate greater public participation in Scotland's planning system.

With growing calls for a fairer and more balanced planning system and with an election for the Scottish Parliament approaching, Clare’s talk that will encompass some of the range of the work of Planning Democracy promises to be particularly timely.