Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
The Scottish Green Party has stood a candidate for election in the Western Isles for the first time in their history in the Taobh Siar agus Nis by-election. Local members selected Lewis and Harris Greens co-convenor Gavin Macleod Humphreys as the Green Party candidate and campaigned across the ward.
After the count, Gavin Macleod Humphreys, said: “First and foremost my congratulations go to John Norman Macleod for his victory. I am sure he will work hard for the ward, taking up the mantle of the late Cllr Iain Morrison.
“I am also very proud of a different green victory. By standing in this election the Scottish Greens have taken a momentous step, for the first time contesting a Western Isles seat is a triumph by no small measure.
“Furthermore, polling over 5% against such a highly respected local figure is quite an achievement. I am very impressed by the efforts of the people in our team who worked tirelessly over the past weeks, and we hope more people will join the movement as we build towards future elections.”
Lead Green candidate for the 2016 Highlands and Islands list vote, John Finnie MSP, said: “The Green party members in Lewis have made an excellent start and are going to move forward buoyed by this by-election. Next May’s Scottish Parliamentary election gives every voter in the Western Isles an opportunity to vote Green.
“Greens put local communities and social and environmental justice at the heart of all our policies. We always put constituents ahead of vested interests. The Highlands and Islands would benefit from more Greens being elected and hopefully 2016 will see that happen.”
Co-convener of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, said: “My congratulations to everyone who helped with the campaign. A terrific first step and, taken together with the Aird & Loch Ness result, it bodes well for Highlands and Islands at the Holyrood election next year.”