Responding to the regional result in Lothian, Alison Johnstone MSP, health spokesperson for the Scottish Greens, said:
“I’m delighted to be re-elected to serve Lothian and look forward to continuing to bring constructive pressure to bear in parliament, building on the work I’ve already done on everything from fracking and planning issues to community ownership and health inequalities.
“I’m delighted we have doubled our representation in Lothian. Andy and I look forward to keeping up the pressure in parliament on the issues that matter.”
“This boost in support along with our growing membership has delivered an amazing result in Lothian. I want to thank the Green teams across Edinburgh, West Lothian, Midlothian and Musselburgh for all the hard work they put in. I am determined to bring bold ideas into parliament and will pursue issues such as local democracy and land reform with vigour.”
Alison Johnstone has been the Scottish Green Party MSP for Lothian region since 2012 and a member of the parliament’s Devolution committee, as well as a substitute member of the Economy, Energy and Tourism committee. A former city councillor, Alison is originally from Edinburgh and lives in the south of the city with her husband and young daughter. A former East of Scotland 800 metres and 1500 metres title holder, Alison still runs for fitness and has witnessed the gradual and ongoing loss of accessible green space for residents and the apparent obsession with organised and elite sport that excludes many.
Andy Wightman is a writer, and campaigner on land rights, democracy and the economy. He is the author of publications including Who Owns Scotland (1996), Scotland: Land and Power (1999), Community Land Rights: A Citizen’s Guide (2009) and The Poor Had No Lawyers (2010). Andy has served as a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee and represented the Scottish Green Party on the Commission on Local Tax Reform. He publishes the popular blog, andywightman.com and lives in Edinburgh. In any spare time he enjoys mountaineering, cycling and music.