Meet Claire Miller. The Green candidate for Edinburgh East tells us about her background and why she’s standing for election to join Caroline Lucas in Westminster.
I’ve lived in Edinburgh since moving here from the Borders in 1994 for university, and have worked in a range of different businesses in Edinburgh including a decade in the financial services industry.
I’m the Green councillor for Edinburgh City Centre and I’m the transport spokesperson for the Green group in Edinburgh. I was elected to represent the city centre in 2017 and since then I’ve been successful in making some important changes for residents.
I’ve campaigned hard for the council to take more urgent action on short term holiday lets, and through my work the council has created a team of staff who investigate any unregulated holiday lets that are reported to them.
This year the council has recruited a dedicated Empty Homes officer who will bring empty and abandoned properties back into residential use, after I won support for this Green policy through my work on the Housing committee and then secured funding in the council budget.
Currently I’m focusing on the proposals for Edinburgh’s Low Emission Zone. It’s going to be one of the biggest changes for vehicles in Edinburgh, and it’s important to get it right so that we can clean up our air quality and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.
I’m an active councillor in the City Centre where I hold regular drop-in constituency surgeries, attend local meetings and support charities and voluntary organisations working hard for local causes. I’ve supported the Parenting and Pregnancy Centre, a fabulous local charity, while they’ve been looking for new premises where they can expand their services. I’ve campaigned with the residents and businesses around Picardy Place for a better road layout and public realm designs. And I’ve worked hard with the residents of Dumbiedykes who want to make their streets cleaner and tidier.
I’m standing for election to Westminster because there are not enough Green voices in the UK parliament. It’s great that other parties are waking up to the climate emergency, but their policies don’t go far enough or fast enough. If I’m elected to represent Edinburgh East I’ll push the government to implement the radical climate policies needed to ensure Scotland becomes a zero carbon country fast.