Following the resignation of a sitting councillor, there is to be a by-election in the Craigentinny / Duddingston ward of the City of Edinburgh Council.
Due to the current public health advice around the control of the Coronavirus, the by-election is set to take place in November 2020.
Edinburgh Greens have now completed the selection process to choose a Green candidate for Craigentinny / Duddingston. Many thanks to branch members for participating in the selection and sincere thanks to our two excellent nominees, Julia Bandel and Ben Parker.
We are delighted to congratulate Ben Parker, who has been selected as the Green candidate for the Craigentinny / Duddingston by-election.
Ben said, “I’m humbled and delighted to have been selected as our candidate for the upcoming Craigentinny-Duddingston by-election. Despite the uncertainties we face ahead of November’s election, I’m excited to get stuck in, planning and delivering an active and competitive campaign.
“We have a lot to offer voters in Craigentinny-Duddingston and a strong track record in the ward and city already. This is our opportunity to showcase the hard work of our sitting councillors who are campaigning on all kinds of issues locally – such as the closure of the 69 bus – and to make the case for the need to elect more Green voices in the City Chambers, holding the SNP-Labour administration to account.
“As a young professional working in the 3rd sector, I know I would offer a fresh perspective in the council and I’m excited to enter the election with the drive and determination to deliver another strong result for us in the city”
Julia Bandel, who came a close runner-up for the candidacy, said, “Congratulations to Ben! He’ll be a fantastic candidate and I can’t wait to support the campaign as part of his team. Also, a huge thank you to everyone who voted! As a first-time nominee, I’m absolutely thrilled and immensely grateful so many people put their faith in me.”
Meet Green candidate Ben Parker
I grew up in North Yorkshire and moved to Edinburgh in 2015 for university. Having graduated last year with a degree in Philosophy, I’m pleased to have settled in the city where I live in a flat share with two of my best friends. I work in the third sector for a Scotland-wide disability housing charity, managing and developing our comms and volunteering programme. I’ve been active in the Greens since I was 16 and I’m currently one of the Co-Conveners of Edinburgh Green Party. I was a candidate during the 2019 Westminster General Election.
I’m particularly interested in housing as a political issue. Through my work I’ve learnt lots about the provision of accessible accommodation and I would like to work in the council to tackle the city’s housing crisis, looking at measures to ensure everyone has access to good-quality, safe and affordable accommodation. I’m also interested in well-being economics and would like to explore ways in which the council can support policies which promote that. Local to Craigentinny-Duddingston, I would like to work with our sitting Cllrs to support the campaign to reinstate the 69 bus service through the ward, and increase provision for active travel so residents can get about safely and easily.
I enjoy working with people and I would be proud to be elected as a councillor, making a positive difference to people’s lives on the ground. Green politics are built on compassion and collaboration and I would relish the opportunity to put these principles into practice in the City Chambers.
Keen to be active in the Edinburgh Greens by-election campaign? We look forward to getting the campaign underway in the summer months – look out for more from us then, both here and on our social media: Twitter @EdinburghGreens and Facebook @EdinburghGreens.