Moray Greens have selected their candidate for the forthcoming Elgin North By-Election being held on the 11th of December.
At a packed meeting local members unanimously backed local mum Morvern Forrest to bring a breath of fresh air to the council chambers.
Morvern, 25, spent her early years in Moray, before moving to rural Aberdeenshire. She went on to complete a law degree at Strathclyde University, before working as a manager in one of the country’s biggest hospitality groups.
Morvern returned to Elgin after her husband was posted to RAF Lossiemouth. They have since started a family, and continue to live in the Elgin North Ward.
“Like many people I have felt disenfranchised by our current political system,” stated Morvern. “But when my son was born here, I felt gratitude for all the public services we have, and resolved to give back to the community that supported us. I realised, if I wanted my son to grow up in a fairer, greener society then it was my responsibility to deliver it. That is why I joined the Scottish Green Party earlier this year, and that is why I hope to become a councillor.”
“If elected I would endeavour to find real solutions to the problems the Council faces, not just mindlessly wield the hatchet and cut services, or squander valuable resources on vanity projects, without a thought for the future. Just one example would be to investigate the use of renewables for social housing, raising valuable income to the Council, and reducing tenants’ energy bills – a typically Green win-win situation.”
“Morvern is the ideal candidate for Elgin North”, stated Moray Greens Convenor, James MacKessack-Leitch. “With a business background and a young family she brings a great mix of enthusiasm and experience to the role of Councillor, as well as having a vested interest in making sure that the Council delivers for the people of Elgin – especially when other Councillors are busy looking at where to cut, rather than where to invest.”