Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
The Highlands and Islands Green Party has selected Isla O’Reilly as its candidate for the Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey constituency for the May 2015 UK Parliamentary election.
Isla has said “If elected, my priority at Westminster would be to end Danny Alexander’s and the coalition government’s austerity economic model, which has brought devastation to many communities across the UK.
“Instead, I would, with fellow Greens:
- pursue a sustainable and equitable economic strategy – one that supports small business and social enterprise; ensures at least a living wage for all; renationalises the rail and energy industries; and redistributes the £100 billion allocated for Trident, and invest this sum instead in the NHS and social care, schools, libraries and the rail network;
- reform local government to create a bottom-up democracy where what happens locally matters so much to so many people that there is a genuine reason to take an active interest in their local council. This process would be part of a much wider programme of democratic renewal to revitalise the institutions and processes by which we are governed.
- reject violence at all levels of human interaction, and promote relations characterised by flexibility, respect and fairness.
Isla has always been passionate about green principles, and was particularly enthused and invigorated by the recent independence referendum campaign. She has welcomed the recent surge in interest in green issues not only here in Scotland but UK wide, and considers that now is the time to give voice and influence to that interest with a strong Green Party representation at Westminster. This green surge has meant that the Green Party now has many dedicated and enthusiastic members who are active in their local groups.
Isla will be following in the footsteps of her father Donnie Macleod who was the Scottish Green Party candidate for the constituency in the 2010 general election.
Isla teaches Pilates in Inverness and helps out with her family’s business ‘Macleod Organics’. She has a degree in Biomedical Science, and prior to starting a family worked in the Medical Device industry. She grew up and lives in Inverness with her husband and three children who attend Bunsgoil Ghaidhlig Inbhir Nis / Inverness Gaelic School. She is an active parent, heavily involved in committee work.