Leith Ward: Candidate – Chas Booth

The Greens have selected Chas Booth as candidate in the Leith Ward in the City Council elections on 3 May 2007.

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Until recently, Chas lived in Slateford Green near Gorgie, Scotlands only purpose-built car-free housing development. He was active on the residents association, where he served as chair from 2005-6. He has organised community events with local residents,
and monitors and responds to local planning applications. He currently lives in Leith with his wife, Clare.

Chas works as Parliamentary Officer for Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Association for the Conservation of Energy in Leith. He works mainly on climate change policy and energy issues, with a focus on energy conservation and energy efficiency. Prior to joining Friends of the Earth in October 2005, Chas was Scottish Office Manager and Volunteer Co-ordinator for Sustrans, the leading sustainable transport charity, where he played an active part in the campaign for a ‘Yes’ vote in the Edinburgh Congestion Charge referendum.

Chas was lead candidate for the Scottish Green Party in the 2004 European elections, and was successful in securing one of the best-ever votes across Scotland for the Greens. He has worked in both Scottish and European Parliaments, and has taught English in Bosnia and Bavaria. A graduate of Edinburgh University, Chas is a keen cyclist and a member of Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign.