The Greens have selected Melanie Main to be the Green candidate for the Inverleith Ward in the City of Edinburgh Council elections on 3 May 2007.
See Melanie’s campaign to save Glenogle Baths
Read about Melanie at the Water of Leith clean up
Melanie Main joined the Scottish Green Party to play an active part in securing a sustainable green community for our childrens future. As a child she lived in India Street and her playground was Stockbridge and Inverleith. She has fond memories of skating on Inverleith Pond, hunting through the stalls in the street market in Stephens Street, and playing in the walks along the Water of Leith.
She first became actively involved in politics as a student at Edinburgh University and served a sabbatical year as Honorary Treasurer of EU Students Association.
In the 1980s Melanie lived in London, where her interest in politics led her to join the burgeoning â€˜Alternative Comedy Circuit. She produced for BBC Radio and ran one of Londons top comedy clubs, the Red Rose, with the likes of Mark Thomas, Jeremy Hardy and Jo Brand. She produced Amnesty International benefits and worked on the Nelson Mandela Concert, Wembley. In 1997 Melanie returned to Edinburgh and family life became her priority.
She now lives with her husband and daughter in Sciennes. Since May 2003 Melanie has worked for the Green MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. She is Secretary to the Scottish Green Party Council.
Her main interests are Nutrition and Education, the latter kindled when she served as Nursery School Representative on the City Council Parents Consultative Committee for Education. For the past two years her daughter has attended St Leonards Nursery and Melanie was active on the Eco Committee, initiated a parents network and helped the nursery retains its Green Flag status for a second time.
Melanie is an active Community Councillor and Treasurer of her local Community Council. I would welcome the opportunity to represent and work for Inverleith as a Green Party local councillor, she says.