Greens welcome Scottish first in double-header by-election

Edinburgh Greens have welcomed the formal announcement of a by-election in the city’s Leith Walk ward, the first time in Scotland that a council by-election has had two seats up for grabs. 

The Greens are defending a seat in the ward with the party’s Maggie Chapman having stood down along with newly-elected SNP MP Deidre Brock.

The party says it is confident that a Green councillor will be re-elected but is committed to earning every single vote.

Susan Rae 21 JulyGreen candidate, local resident, Susan Rae said

“A by-election that was always going to hotly-contested now poses a stark choice.  The Tories and Lib Dems are out of running in Leith Walk. And the SNP, with its current stratospheric poll ratings, will feel pretty confident about a straight replacement for new MP Deirdre Brock.

“So the real battle is for the second vacancy, to replace the Greens’ Maggie Chapman, the pioneer of £eith Decides which gives local people a real say over how council money is spent. That is a battle between re-electing a Green councillor, who will stand up to the Labour-SNP run council and its programme of massive cuts to services; and electing a third Labour councillor on top of the two existing Labour councillors in Leith Walk.

“I’ve already been out knocking on doors and talking to local businesses and community groups and I’m looking forward to the campaign!”

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