Edinburgh Greens are urging students to make a crucial difference in Mayâ€™s elections.Â And to ensure that the Green message is heard loud and clear the party is launching a new student newsletter today (Monday 19 February).
18-25 year olds were one of the groups least likely to vote in the last election. However, the Greens have noted that, with over 50,000 students in the city, and concentrations in some of the most hotly-contested areas, students could play a vital part in the election outcome.
The Greens believe they have a unique appeal to students with Edinburgh University rector, Green MSP, Mark Ballard and former student president, Ruth Cameron both standing for the Scottish Parliament.
In the council elections it is believed that Green councillors will be elected in areas like Southside, Marchmont and the city centre where the biggest concentrations of students live.
Edinburgh Greensâ€™ Co-convenor and City Centre council candidate, Gavin Corbett, said:
“Some of the issues that affect students most closely – affordable accommodation, tuition fees, transport and safe streets – are core Green issues in these elections.Â But the big challenges that we all face â€“ climate change, the future of public services and the shape of our city â€“ are also just as important for students as for others.
“So I am confident that students will turn out in record numbers in May and really make the difference.â€?
The newsletter “Student Greenspace” is being distributed to student residences throughout February and March and can be downloaded from the â€œActivistsâ€? section of the Edinburgh Greensâ€™ website â€“ www.edinburghgreens.org.uk.