Greens Launch Campaign for Edinburgh Council Seats

Green councillors will make Edinburgh a leading city in tackling climate change, key party members will say on Thursday when they launch their campaign to win council seats next May.
 
The party is fielding candidates in all wards in the city [1] for the first time and expects to win between four and eight seats in the council chamber.
 
Well-known housing campaigner, Gavin Corbett, who is standing for the Greens in City Centre, said: ‘Climate change is the most significant global issue we face but the answers lie in local action. With Green councillors at the heart of how Edinburgh works, the city could blaze a trail internationally, slashing energy use, increasing renewable energy and aiming to become Scotland’s first ‘zero-waste’ council’.
 
Alison Johnstone, who is standing in Meadows and Morningside, stressed that what was good for the planet was good for people.

Alison, who has been an active campaigner against loss of playing fields and open spaces, said:
 
‘Green councillors will work hard to improve real quality of life in Edinburgh.  We will ensure that open spaces are protected, local businesses are supported and local food is readily available. Edinburgh will be a healthier, happier place to live with Greens in the council chamber.’
 
Robin Harper, Lothians MSP since 1999 and Greens co-leader, said:
 
‘We have excellent candidates for this watershed local election.  For the first time a fairer voting system locally gives the Greens a proper chance of representation in this city [2]. Greens are truly a party of local government and I look forward to working with Green councillors on the City of Edinburgh Council.’
  
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
[1] Standing as Green candidates in the 2007 City of Edinburgh Council election are: Alison Johnstone, Meadows/Morningside; Steve Burgess, Southside/Newington; Maggie Chapman, Leith Walk; Gavin Corbett, City Centre; Melanie Main, Inverleith; Mark Sydenham, Leith; Jeni Mackay, Fountainbridge/Craiglockhart; Peter McColl, Portobello/Craigmillar; Joan Carter, Liberton/Gilmerton; Chas Booth, Sighthill/Gorgie; Kate Joester, Forth; Stan Blackley, Craigentinny/Duddingston; Shonagh McEwan, Pentland Hills; James Mackenzie, Corstorphine/Murrayfield; Fiona Paterson, Drum Brae/Gyle; Charles Kennedy, Colinton/Fairmilehead; Jill Boulton, Almond.

Pictures and biographies of the candidates are available on request.
 
[2] It is estimated that between 12-18% of first preference votes will see Green councillors elected. In previous fair voting elections, the Greens have achieved 14% across the city as a whole, with some areas recording well over 20%.
 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please telephone Jill Boulton on 0131 622 0318 or 07919 210 126.