Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson says he is honoured to represent the SNP for the new seat of Caithness, Sutherland and Ross for the 2011 Scottish Election.
Mr Gibson beat off a challenge from Wester Ross Councillor Jean Urquhart to secure the nomination.
Mr Gibson who has had his office in Wick since being elected on the Highlands and Islands List in 2003 says that he has always been convinced that the north of the country will be vitally important to the future of Scotland as well as Europe.
"It is a great honour to contest the new seat of Caithness Sutherland and Ross. However the potential of the area is more and more important and obvious to a lot of people. As a member for the Highlands and Islands I have continually spoken out for the remote and rural communities in the west and North. I look forward to making the case for the new seat."
" We stand on cusp of something life changing in the North and West harnessing the powers of the seas and oceans will drive this country and the continent forward. We already see beginnings of it. However we need to constantly talk up the potential so that as many high quality jobs can come to the area and help stimulate the area."
"There are other great opportunities in the Caithness, Sutherland and Ross from tourism, agriculture, and our general quality of life is a huge incentive to make things even better here. Following the resignation of the sitting MSP, and the SNP’s strong second place in the 2007 elections, the party is now in a key position to win the trust of local voters.”