Following a meeting of Edinburgh Greens branch on Monday evening (Monday 8 May 2017) the party has selected engineer Lorna Slater to stand in Edinburgh North and Leith in the UK election on 8 June 2017.
Co-convenor of Edinburgh Greens, Alys Mumford, said:
“This is an unnecessary election. It has everything to do with the Conservative Party digging itself out of its Brexit mess and the scandal of its MPs’ alleged election spending; and nothing to do with what is in the best interests of the country. It is also the only election to use the “first-past-the-post” voting system which is decades past its sell-by date.
“After a successful council campaign in which Greens increased our vote share in Edinburgh and the number of councillors from five to eight, our members really want to get on with the vital community-based work to make Edinburgh a greener and fairer city.
“However, we know that people in the capital want to hear a Green voice directly as part of the UK election. We also recognise that increasing number of people in Edinburgh expect to vote Green in any election and we want to ensure that at least some people have that opportunity. That is why we have decided to contest the seat of Edinburgh North and Leith.”
The prospective candidate is engineer Lorna Slater who lives just off Leith Walk. Lorna added:
“I am delighted to have been selected as the prospective Green candidate for Edinburgh North and Leith for the UK election. It is vital that the city hears a Green vision of the kind of country Scotland can be: one where there is a fracking-free, sustainable economy in which land and enterprise belongs to all, where housing and healthcare are human rights; and where everyone can take part in society.
“I look forward to giving people the opportunity to support that vision.”