Historic number of Scottish Green Party councillors elected in Edinburgh

Voters have sent a clear demand for stronger action on climate emergency and cost of living crisis at a local level.

The Scottish Green Party has achieved its best result ever in the Edinburgh local elections, after ten councillors were elected, surpassing the party’s previous record of eight in 2017.

Hailing the historic moment, returning Councillor Claire Miller, City Centre ward said:

“This momentous result is a clear demand from people across Edinburgh for stronger action on the climate emergency and a fairer, more equal city for everyone. With more Greens in the city chambers we will press for the faster, decisive action needed to deliver net zero by 2030 and support a Green recovery.

“Greens in the Scottish Government are already making change – from free bus travel for under 22s to banning the most harmful plastics. In Edinburgh, we will show the same commitment to working alongside others to halt climate change and address the cost of living.”

She added:

“I am so proud of our candidates and volunteers who have worked so hard for this fantastic result. We have a diverse new group of councillors with a wealth of experience and I look forward to welcoming them and working alongside them in the city chambers.”

Newly elected Councillor for Portobello/Craigmillar, Alys Mumford said:

“I’m delighted to have been elected to the biggest group of Green Councillors Edinburgh has ever seen. Our team will fight to bring about climate justice and an end to the cost of living crisis for people in Edinburgh.

“Across Scotland, we have seen more young people, more women, more disabled people and more LGBTI candidates being elected for the Greens, bringing some much-needed diversity to our democratic processes. We’re looking forward to building on the successes of Edinburgh’s Green Councillors, as well as raising fresh voices and issues in the City Chambers.”