Join the Scottish Green Party

As a member of Edinburgh Greens, you’ll be joining the largest and most active branch of the Scottish Green Party.

With over 2,000 members, five councillors and two MSPs, we work to share our vision of a fairer, Greener, more welcoming Edinburgh and Scotland, and as a member you can help us to deliver that vision!

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Branch Meetings

20151029_212523We hold our branch meetings on the fourth Thursday of most months (click here for the date of the next one). We try to keep the topics varied and interactive, with discussions then feeding into motions which members can then take to conference.

Topics at our recent branch meetings have included free public transport for all; the changes to policing in Scotland; co-operative food systems; how immigrants and asylum seekers are dealt with.

Some of our branch meetings are open to all, while some are members-only. We always like to see new members at our branch meetings, and committee members make themselves available from 7pm on the evening of the meetings so that new members can meet them, get talked through what is happening and how the branch works, and meet other members and new members.

Conferences

The Scottish Greens hold conferences every Spring and Autumn, and all members from throughout Scotland are welcome to attend them – you don’t have to be a delegate from a branch! Unlike other political parties, policies are not imposed on the membership with the conference merely acting as a rubber-stamp exercise – all of our motions are written by members and everyone at the conference gets an equal vote.

The Autumn Conference is our yearly get-together where we deal with all the business of the Scottish Green Party. Members hear speeches from invited guests, vote on Conference Motions and Policy Motions, and hold the AGM. Normally taking place over two days, the Conference offers an opportunity for socialising and renewing friendships, and swapping ideas with members from other branches.

The Spring Conference is normally a more informal, one-day session, where members are asked to think through some policy topics and to see if the Party can improve on these policies or even to develop a whole new policy, which may inform our thinking during the next Autumn Conference.

Our Committee

The Edinburgh Greens AGM takes place roughly every 12 months. Members can bring Motions to the AGM, stand for election to the Edinburgh Committee and/or become involved in a Working Group.

The Edinburgh Committee runs the branch and provides liaison between the members and our elected representatives, and the general political direction of the branch.

As one of the larger branches, we have both a Male and Female Co-Convener in accordance with the Scottish Greens’ policy of gender balancing. The Conveners are the leaders of the branch, and represent the branch to the wider Party at Scottish Green Party Council.

The Secretary keeps the Committee in order (no mean task!) and the Treasurer keeps their eye on the purse strings. Our Membership Secretary will be the first point of contact for most new members, and deals with issues that may arise.

The Election Liaison Officer ensures we are legally compliant with all statutes that cover local and national elections, and acts as our Returning Officer. The External Communications Officer runs the branch social media accounts, produces the fortnightly email newsletter, looks after the website and produces branch publications such as the Green News which goes through letterboxes throughout the City.

The Policy Officer acts as our liaison with our councillors and the parliamentary team, and develops policy with an Edinburgh eye. The Fundraising Officer acts with the Treasurer and attempts to raise funds for the branch. We also have four Ordinary Members, who do not have a specific portfolio but pitch in wherever and whenever they are needed.

Edinburgh Greens also have a couple of working groups. The Events Group produce a couple of events a year which are outwith the normal branch meetings, which may be fundraising events. The Comms Group produce Green News and other publications that the branch needs throughout the year. While the Events Group and the Comms Group are unelected, they are always looking for volunteers to help them!

The current Committee is:

  • Co-Convenors: Alys Mumford and Phyl Meyer
  • Vice Convenor: Lorna Slater
  • Secretary: Konstanze McLeod
  • Treasurer: Andy Saunders
  • Membership Secretary: Alex Staniforth
  • Election Liaison Officer: Dave Owen
  • Communications Officer: Gordon Crawford
  • Policy Officer: Peter Mountford-Smith
  • Events and Engagement Officer: Bob Keim
  • Ordinary Members: Mary Campbell, Rob Gowans, Dan Heap, Susan Rae
  • Fundraising Officer: Currently Unfilled
  • Local Groups Development Officer: Currently unfilled
  • Campaigns Officer: Kevin Illingworth (acting)

If you would be interested in filling an unfilled post, or supporting the committee by sitting on a working group, please get in contact with our co-conveners on edinburgh@scottishgreens.org.uk.

Other Formal Roles

As a member of the Scottish Green Party, you’re entitled to stand for election for any party role. There’s no pre-qualification period, so new members can stand right away. You can see the structure of the Scottish Greens here, along with the roles which make up each committee and working group.

GreenTalk

The Party runs a members’ only forum called GreenTalk, which all members are entitled and encouraged to join and participate in. Some members find that this is a great venue for floating ideas about policy, discussing current events within a green context, or simply passing on information that others may find useful.

Groups

The Scottish Greens have five groups which you may wish to join – the Scottish Young Greens, the Women’s Network, Rainbow Greens and the Disabled Network. The groups don’t cost anything extra, and have additional meetings and discussions which are separate from the main Party ones where items that may be of particular interest to them can be discussed. You’ll be asked when joining whether you want to be part of these groups.  There are also other groups you can join once a member, such as the Trade Union Group, Friends of Palestine, Faith for Greens and many more.

Access To Documents

As a member, you’ll have access to the Members Area of our website, which includes key documents for the running of the Party. As well as minutes of meetings and AGM reports, you’ll also find:

  • The Scottish Green Party Constitution. Details the aims and legality of the Party.
  • Policy Reference Document. A catalogue of SGP policy, derived from motions passed at conferences.
  • The Green Book. A compilation of Party procedures and rules.

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