Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
Highland Greens are pleased to announce that they will be contesting the Culloden and Ardersier by-election being held on the 6th October.
Local members confirmed the selection of Branch Co-Convenor and Ardersier resident Isla Macleod-O’Reilly, as the Scottish Green Party candidate for the ward.
“I am delighted to have been selected by Highland Greens to be their candidate in the upcoming Culloden and Ardersier by-election,” stated Isla Macleod-O’Reilly. “Having recently moved back to Ardersier, and raising my own children here, I really want to make sure that local voices are heard in the Council Chamber, and that decisions are made for the long term good.”
“Although there are only a few months before the full council elections, we will be making some critical decisions before then. Balancing the upcoming Council budget will be a hard job, but I will make sure that this not just an exercise of cutting services – we need to listen to local people, and adopt a more collaborative approach to working with local communities and organisations.”
“If elected I will have a stronger platform to continue the fight against plans for the proposed Ardersier Waste Treatment Plant, which could devastate the village. I’ll also continue to question the need for the expensive A9-A96 “Mad Mile” link, when what we really need is to maintain the roads we already have, and invest in better walking and cycling paths.”
“It’s going to be a closely fought seat, but I think people are ready for a fresh face and a new voice to represent them, and if elected, I will work constructively with the existing councillors to best represent the different communities in the ward.”
Isla is a working mum of three who grew up in Inverness and now lives on her organic family farm in Ardersier. She has a degree in Biomedical Science, and a background in the life sciences industry. A member of the Scottish Greens for many years she is Vice Convenor of the Party and Co-Convenor of the Highlands and Islands Branch. She has a strong desire to bring about a change in politics that puts people, the planet and peace at the forefront of all decisions.