Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Greens to contest Aird and Loch Ness by-election

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Highland Greens are pleased to announce that they will be contesting the Aird and Loch Ness by-election being held on the 8th October.

The local membership has confirmed the selection of Vikki Trelfer, who grew up near Drumnadrochit, as the Scottish Green Party candidate for the ward.

“I am pleased and excited to have been selected by Highland Greens to be their candidate for the forthcoming Aird and Loch Ness by-election,” stated Vikki Trelfer. “Like many people recently, I realised that to make a difference I needed to get active and stand up for what I believe in, and if I want things to change locally, then I need to step up and stand as a councillor. I’m not a politician, I’m just an ordinary person who thinks we could do things differently. I think the residents of Aird & Loch Ness will be able to relate to that.”

“Having lived and worked across the rural Highlands I have direct experience of many of the issues facing rural communities, in particular the lack of reliable public transport, affordable housing, and secure, well-paid employment. But I strongly believe that much of the answer to these issues lies in empowering local communities to identify and solve local problems, and in giving them the financial support and expertise required to do so.”

“It’s going to be a hotly contested seat, but I think people are ready for fresh faces and new voices to represent them, and I will work constructively with the existing councillors to best represent the different communities in the ward.”

Vikki, 39, grew up in Glenurquhart, attending Drumnadrochit High School before going on to Aberdeen University. She’s worked in a range of roles including as a youth development officer at Highland Council, and employment and welfare rights officer at the Citizens Advice Bureau. She recently returned to the area after spending four years on the Isle of Rum as Development Officer with the Community Trust there.

Vikki Trelfer Scottish Green Party