Your SNP candidate for Caithness, Sutherland & Ross
Hello, I’m Maree Todd and I’d like to introduce myself as your SNP candidate for Caithness, Sutherland & Ross in the upcoming 2021 Scottish Parliament elections.
I’m a Highlander, originally from Ullapool, now living in Strathpeffer with my husband and 3 children. I have over 20 years’ experience in health care, working for most of my professional life as a mental health pharmacist in Inverness.
Over the years, I have played an active role within my community, from volunteering as a Brownie leader to becoming an NCT antenatal teacher.
Working on the frontline within the NHS, and experience gained by volunteering, made me realise that I wanted to do more to enable individuals and communities to have a voice and crucially to be heard.
So, in 2016, I ran on the regional list in the Scottish Parliament election where I was elected as MSP for the Highlands & Islands region. For the past 5 years, I have been working hard to ensure the Highlands & Islands voice is heard in Holyrood on issues as varied as marine protection to universal credit.
In 2017, I became Minister for Children & Young People within the Scottish Government where I have worked on some of the Scottish Government’s most transformational policies – from the Baby Box to the expansion of early learning and childcare.
Although currently, as a list MSP, I cover an area that stretches from Shetland to Argyll, I’ve always wanted to represent the area I grew up in, the area I worked in, and the people I know. I am therefore asking you to choose me as the next MSP for Caithness, Sutherland & Ross. It would be the privilege of my life to represent my home constituency. I will work tirelessly for this area, ensuring we become the vibrant economic success model which rural communities, with the wealth of natural resources we own, have the right to be.
What I want for Caithness, Sutherland & Ross
Recovery & Renewal – We need to rebuild from Covid, putting our priorities first and investing in our future, that includes improving connectivity, supporting local businesses and ensuring all our young people have the best education and training possible.
Fishing & Farming – Brexit has harmed our fishers and farmers and they need our support. As your MSP, I will work with them to ensure their world class produce gets to market and fetches a fair price.
Health – We need to rise to the challenge of delivering healthcare well in this area. I’m keen to build on our successes, like NHS Near Me, and innovate further for a healthier future.
Homes for All – The SNP have built a record number of homes for families but we still need more. We need to free up land for sustainable homes and repurpose existing properties.
Vibrant Communities – Caithness, Sutherland & Ross has a wealth of natural assets including huge renewable energy potential, but who benefits? We need to put more land into community ownership and make our assets work for our people.