Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
John Finnie MSP and Isla O’Reilly, Scottish Green candidates for the Highlands and Islands in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, are promising bold ideas in the campaign ahead, following the success of the party’s biggest ever national conference.
Members from across the country including Highland, Moray, Argyll, and the Western and Northern Isles met at the SECC in Glasgow at the weekend. Membership of the Scottish Greens now stands at 9,000, with consistent polling suggesting Green MSPs will be elected from across Scotland’s eight regions.
Party conference passed a wide range of motions including commitments to rent controls, better parental leave, running a positive campaign to stay in the EU, and opposing the UK Government’s attack on Trades Unions. It was also announced that the Scottish Greens will push for the creation of 6,500 apprenticeships in energy efficient housing.
John Finnie MSP, the party’s justice spokesperson, said:
“Our biggest conference to date has undoubtedly inspired our members across the Highlands and Islands to campaign harder than ever to deliver a record result in May. With our track record in parliament and our vision of a just society and real power for local communities, a larger group of Green MSPs will ensure Scotland keeps moving in the right direction.
“I’m looking forward to campaigning across the North, and I’m determined to make the Green voice heard on issues of policing, justice and the need to give people real power over their lives.”
Isla O’Reilly, the party’s education spokesperson, said:
“I’m looking forward to campaigning across the region with John. Good schools and colleges are vital to our society and our economy. There’s a need for the Green voice to be heard on education, as we prioritise the development of the whole child.
“In our schools spending per pupil has been flat for years, and classroom sizes are gradually going up. This isn’t sustainable. It’s also essential we have a strong voice for colleges, as the further education sector has been sidelined when it has a vital role to play in widening access to learning.”