Highlands and Islands Greens
Highlands and Islands Greens

Greens to contest Taobh Siar agus Nis by-election

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Western Isles Greens are pleased to announce that they will be contesting a seat for the first time in the upcoming Taobh Siar agus Nis by-election. Local members have confirmed the selection of Lewis and Harris Greens co-convenor Gavin Macleod Humphreys as the Scottish Green Party candidate for the ward.

On confirmation of his selection, Gavin Macleod Humphreys, said:

“I am delighted to have been selected to be the Scottish Green Party candidate for the forthcoming Taobh Siar agus Nis by-election. I hope to bring Green values such as community empowerment and sustainable agriculture to the forefront in an effort to make changes that that will benefit Ness and the Westside for the long-term future.

“As a Green party candidate, voters can be sure that I stand for the values that are close to the people of this ward. To create more opportunities for employment in the area I would like to see extra support for new crofters and small scale businesses. Sensible land management is the keystone to ensuring a solid and reinvigorated future for the area – working together to build a sustainable local economy based on creative use of our land for agriculture, housing, and renewable energy projects that reinvest profits back into the local community.

“At the centre of the Green Party vision is a fair and just society, and I hope to work constructively within the Comhairle to empower and support every person in the community to achieve that. This is going to be a hotly contested seat, but I think people are ready for a fresh vision and new voice to represent them.”

Gavin, 33, grew up on a Ross-shire farm. Due to family connections in Taobh Siar agus Nis (his mother is from Shawbost) he has regularly visited Lewis, living here on and off since 2011. A graduate of both the University of Aberdeen and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Gavin’s varied career has included farming, fishing, teaching, the military, tourism, politics and media; he is currently editing television in Stornoway. In 2008 Gavin took part in the European Union’s prestigious trainee scheme, working at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels. This EU institution is a parliament made up of council level politicians from across Europe.