Edinburgh campaigners star in Green broadcast

The Scottish Greens this week launched their party election broadcast for the 2011 Holyrood poll, with plenty of Edinburgh faces on show!

The film, entitled ‘Because’ features 26 speakers from across Scotland, including Edinburgh-based land campaigner Andy Wightman and Uzma Tufail-Hanif, who has fought against school and nursery closures in Edinburgh. Other speakers include Anne Widdop, director of a small business in the city, and Simon Hackin, founder of Greenworks, a wood reuse and recycling enterprise based in Leith.

The broadcast also features music by Edinburgh band White Heath from their forthcoming debut album “Take No Thought For Tomorrow”.

Since its launch online on Facebook and Twitter on Sunday 10 April, over 2000 people have watched the broadcast online and it has aired on STV, BBC 1, BBC 2 and BBC Radio Scotland.

Cllr Alison Johnstone, the Scottish Greens’ top candidate for Lothian, said:

“I’m thrilled to have lots of Edinburgh faces in our broadcast. I’ve been working closely with my Green colleagues Steve Burgess and Maggie Chapman on the Council to defend Edinburgh’s nurseries and schools against the cuts and to maintain the principle of a free university education in Scotland. Only the Greens are saying that we want to raise more revenue from the wealthiest in our society to fight these cuts.

“There are many superb small businesses and social enterprises across the Lothians, but we need to do more to support them and be tougher on the big retailers who draw business away from our commmunity shops. A strong group of Green MSPs will be essential, whoever the First Minister may be, if you want a Parliament that defends public services, promotes social justice, and protects our environment.”

The PEB is available on Vimeo http://scot.gr/because2011 and on YouTube http://scot.gr/yt