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Inverness GP stands as SCP candidate in 2010

Donald Boyd, an Inverness General Practitioner is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party at the forthcoming 2010 General Election. Dr. Boyd spearheaded the SCP campaign in the elections for the Scottish Parliament in 2007.

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Dr. Donald Boyd

Donald  BoydDr. Donald Boyd is standing as the Scottish Christian Party's (SCP) parliamentary candidate for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey UK Parliamentary constituency in the General Election on Thursday 6th May 2010. He previously spear-headed the SCP campaign at the Scottish elections in 2007.

Donald has lived in Inverness and its environs since 1980 and has been acquainted with the Highlands from his childhood. He is a medical doctor and, although he is a GP, he has mainly worked at Raigmore Hospital since 2000. He also works as part of the Street Pastors team where he helps out each month in the city centre or Merkinch (see here for recent report by Dr. Boyd of his work with Street Pastors.)
To this local knowledge, his interest in British and world history adds an international and historical perspective to his assessment of the needs of Britain at several levels of society.

Street Pastors in conversation
Donald Boyd and Thom RallerDonald is concerned at the marginalising of Christian values in public life, and the open hostility to the practice of Christianity. He believes it is Christianity which made Britain Great, and the fragmentation of our society is because of the decline in practical Christianity. "I challenge someone to mention one thing which unites British society at present - not even a common language unites us," he says.

He applies this view to the European Union also and is of the opinion that the ordinary British citizen is unable to follow what happens in Europe. He suggests that the average person "only feel the adverse effects of European laws made by faceless bureaucrats whose languages they do not even understand."

Further information on the Scottish Christian Party and Dr. Boyd's candidacy can be found at the Highland SCP web site.

Inverness High Street in the run-up to the General Election
SCP in Inverness at 2010

Christians Together, 24/04/2010

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Rosemary Cameron 30/04/2010 23:39
I was wondering if there are any other SCP candidates in Scotland? The Christian Party website only lists candidates in England and Wales and the SCP website does not list any candidates at all.
Peter Carr 01/05/2010 09:38
I am also confused on the final days running up to the election, should I decide to support SCP, how would I know who is standing in my part of Scotland?
Penny Lee 01/05/2010 12:20
I thought I'd already decided who I would vote for (and definitely who I wouldn't) but I have now decided just to turn it over to God and ask Him to direct me when I reach the polling booth.
Peter Carr 01/05/2010 14:11
And what happens at the polling booth in the absence of divine guidance Andrea? Oh by the way, do you have any SCP candidates standing where you are?
Penny Lee 01/05/2010 15:34
I'm trusting that I will be guided whom to vote for but even if I don't feel I have been, I will use my own limited discernment and go with my conscience.

I don't honestly know if there is an SCP candidate standing and I'm not sure what I'd do if there was - wait for this guidance I guess!
Rosemary Cameron 02/05/2010 13:26
If you want a list of candidates standing in your area, go to the bbc news website and click on Election 2010 on the right hand side of the news front page. There you will find a box to enter your postcode and find your constituency with a list of candidates. You can then set that constituency as your home constituency so that you can look there easily for the results. If you go to you can find out if there is a hustings in your consituency where you can hear your candidates and the Westminster 2010 website will tell you which of them have signed up to the Westminster 2010 declaration.
Peter Carr 02/05/2010 15:45
Thanks Rosemary, you can always rely on an ex SCP member for good communication!
Penny Lee 02/05/2010 18:57
I did actually receive a leaflet later in the day giving all the candidates as they would appear on the voting paper. There isn't an SCP candidate or in fact any Christian candidate. There is though a candidate for the Scottish Jacobean Party! Whatever else, it has now made things clearer as to where to place my X.

Thanks Rosemary for the links. I had checked which candidates had signed the Declaration and none of the main parties have or are even considered likely to be supportive. The others are not listed at all.

I see the Christian Party got a mention on the main BBC news on 1st May:
Peter Reynolds 03/05/2010 22:18

According to the STV website
Donald Boyd (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey) is the only candidate standing for the Scottish Christian Party.

AS mentioned elsewhere on the Christians Together site, former SCP candidate Murdo Murray is standing as an independent in Na H-Eileanan An Iar (Western Isles).

What's the difference between Siar (as in the Council name) and An Iar (as in the parliamentary constituency name)?
Rosemary Cameron 03/05/2010 23:55
Thanks Andrea and Peter for the links.

I see that George Hargreaves is now standing in Barking, which is also, in my opinion, a good description of their policy of putting up asylum seekers with British host families! Looks like it's not just the main parties who are out of touch with the British people.

An Iar means the west (noun) and Siar means western (adj) according to my gaelic dictionary. Not sure why the constituency name is different from the council name. Any gaelic speakers out there?
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