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Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

This week in INBS. Only 3 weeks to go!

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Isla-OReilly-A4-2-sided-Newsletter-Spring-2015-Outlines-3mm-bleed-06_Artboard Page 2Isla-OReilly-A4-2-sided-Newsletter-Spring-2015-Outlines-3mm-bleed-06_Artboard Page 1With only 3 weeks to go until election day things are really starting to get busy.

I spent the beginning of this week exploring the beautiful Moray coast in our caravan with my family.  On Tuesday morning I came back to Inverness for a 6.30am interview with Gary Robertson on the Good morning Scotland programme on BBC Radio Scotland.  I’m not a natural morning person so it was a little traumatic to say the least.  I only got a short soundbite on the radio but at 9am Patrick Harvie was on for a whole hour so I enjoyed to listening to him on my drive back to Lossiemouth.  He did a fantastic job of explaining the Scottish Green Party policies.  This was all on the day that many of the other parties launched their manifesto.  David Cameron calling the Tories the party of the working people was particularly laughable.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

Our newsletters were printed at the beginning of the week by the ethical company Big Sky Print in Findhorn.  Look out for the newsletter coming to a doormat near you soon!  Our freepost leaflet will also be delivered to every household in the constituency in the next few days.

Last night (Thursday) we had a fundraising quiz night at the Phoenix pub in Inverness.  We don’t have any wealthy donors and rely on our members and supporters to fund our campaigns.  A large crowd attended and a great night was had by all.  The self-named team ‘U-pick’ won.  Hopefully not an omen!   If you can, please donate via our crowdfunder page to help us reach our £3,000 target.  We simply won’t be able to do it without your support.

Today I was deeply disappointed to read the 2 page article in the National about this constituency.  There are 7 candidates standing in the election and the article focused on how it is considered to be a two horse race between SNP and the incumbent LibDem MP.  There were quotes from each of the candidates except myself and the UKIP candidate.  I knew going into this campaign that it would be an uphill struggle to get recognition from the media but I honestly thought The National would be better.  I will be writing a letter!

My Friday and Saturday night’s are so Rock and Roll that I am now heading out placarding and leafleting.  Tomorrow we have stalls in Inverness and Grantown so pop along and say Hi.

Next week will be extra busy with 6 hustings in 6 days.  The feedback I get from hustings is always so positive that it makes it very rewarding.

If you would like to help with the campaign please email me:  isla.oreilly@higreens.org

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