Monday, October 12th, 2015
Highland Greens are celebrating their breakthrough in the Aird and Loch Ness by-election held on the 8th October, taking 9.3% of first preference votes.
The by-election, which was won by the Lib Dems, was triggered by the resignation of the SNP’s Drew Hendry. It was the first time Highland Greens had contested the seat, as well as the first time standing for local candidate Vikki Trelfer.
“I want to thank everyone who helped so much for the work you put in to the campaign, there’s no way I could have achieved it on my own, and I’m very grateful,” stated Vikki. “The whole experience has been very positive, and being at the count was fantastic – although the 30% turnout was still disappointing, if expected.”
“There were a lot of second preference votes for us, which bodes well for the full council elections in 2017 when the transfers will matter. Until then we’ll be keeping the Green agenda in the front of people’s minds, and working for Green MSPs in next year’s Holyrood election.”
Isla O’Reilly, Green Holyrood List Candidate welcomed the result:
“This is an amazing result, one of the best we’ve seen in Highlands, and the campaign team should be very proud of what they’ve achieved – well done to all!”
“If this level of support is repeated across the region in next year’s Holyrood election we stand a very good chance of seeing the return of Green MSPs to the Highlands – and we’ll be working harder than ever to make sure we deliver a record result.”