The Scottish Greens have just announced the party’s top candidates for next May’s Holyrood elections across six of the eight Holyrood regions.
The party’s co-convenor Eleanor Scott in standing again for her seat as a Highlands and Islands MSP, along with Donnie MacLeod. We will publish information on both of these candidates shortly.
In a neat attention grabber, Councillor Martin Ford from Aberdeen left the Lib Dems over their handling of Donald Trump’s controversial planning application to build a top class international links golf course in the famous and protected sand dunes at Balmedie.
Ford will be the Scottish Green party’s top candidate in the North East. Attention will be paid.
The party is confident of making significant advances at the 2011 election and plans to bring a distinctive agenda on the economy and public services to the campaign as well as innovative policies on core environmental issues.
Eleanor Scott, standing in the Highlands and Islands, says: ‘Next year’s election will be crucial for the economy and livelihoods of rural Scotland, and the campaign to win in Highlands and Islands starts today.
‘Across the region the recession is biting and the cost of living is rising. The other parties have settled for bickering and shallow point-scoring, but I will use this election to set out a positive Green alternative, one where economic policy is driven by the needs of local people and local business.
‘Since 2007 the Green MSPs have persuaded other parties to start looking seriously at a project to insulate every home in Scotland, although the schemes proposed so far are too slow and too small.
‘A proper universal insulation scheme for Scotland would save money, cut household bills and boost jobs, while also tackling fuel poverty and climate change. It’s the kind of common-sense approach Greens bring forward, and exactly the kind of project I’d be fighting for at Holyrood if the people of Highlands and Islands elect me again as their Green MSP’.
The 2011 election campaign is clearly picking up speed. It is set to be hard and particularly close fight in Argyll.