Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Greens to contest crucial Heldon and Laich by-election

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Moray Greens are pleased to announce that they will be contesting the Heldon and Laich by-election being held on the 1st October.

The local membership has confirmed the selection of Moray Greens Convenor, James MacKessack-Leitch as the Scottish Green Party candidate for the ward.

“I am delighted to have been selected by the Moray Greens to be their candidate for the forthcoming Heldon and Laich by-election,” stated James MacKessack-Leitch. “The by-election is likely to be hard fought, and will decide the balance of power within Moray Council. We believe that this is an opportunity to bring positive change and new thinking to the Council Chambers, and I believe the voters will recognise the value of having an individual Green Councillor not tied to any established group.”

“We need a different perspective on strained Council finances, because it’s not just about cutting budgets and slashing services, we need more creative and community led solutions for a sustainable long term plan. We also need to help build a sustainable local economy, not by pandering to big developers or throwing public money away on ill-conceived projects and short term solutions, but by engaging with our local businesses and third-sector organisations who could play a much bigger role given the right support.”

“The people of Heldon and Laich have the chance to choose who holds the balance of power in the Council – and that choice is clear – more of the same, or a new constructive and creative vision with an individual Green Councillor accountable only to the electorate.”

James, 29, currently lives on the family farm at Alves. A graduate of both Glasgow and Aberdeen Universities, he has worked in the public and private sectors in a range of roles. He is currently a Director of a local community trust, and has been involved in a number of local campaigns. As the Scottish Greens first ever Westminster candidate in Moray James and his team posted the best result for the Greens outside the Central Belt earlier this year.

The by-election was triggered by the resignation of long-standing Councillor Eric McGillivray, residents have until the 15th September to register to vote in the by-election.

James MacKessack-Leitch