PRESS RELEASE – SCOTTISH BORDERS GREENS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19TH MARCH 2021
SCOTTISH GREENS ANNOUNCE SOUTH SCOTLAND REGIONAL LIST TEAM
The Scottish Green Party has announced the nine candidates who will contest the South Scotland region in the Holyrood elections.
Led by Laura Moodie, who will also be standing against the Tories in the Galloway & West Dumfries constituency, the team brings together experienced campaigners and new voices to Scottish politics.
Recent polling has put the Scottish Greens on course for a record result, which could see South Scotland return at least one Green MSP .
The candidates will focus their campaign on key issues for the region, including better public transport, tackling fuel poverty, reforming land use, improving broadband, securing jobs for the future and creating sustainable communities through community-led regeneration.
Second on the Scottish Greens list is respected climate change and ecology lecturer Dr Barbra Harvie who is also challenging the Chair of the Scottish Conservatives in the Ettrick, Roxburgh & Berwickshire constituency.
Healthcare technology research & development manager Dominic Ashmole is also contesting his home constituency of Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale.
22 year old Kath Malone from Lockerbie is one of the youngest candidates standing in the region and will be speaking up to tackle the climate crisis, an issue that Kath believes will impact young people disproportionately and needs to be treated as a top priority.
Recently retired architect and town planner, Charles Strang from St Boswells, is running to urge Scotland to “think global, act local” in addressing the major issues the country faces as well as to fight for better broadband for rural areas.
Troon-based photographer Ciara Campbell is standing to give a voice for those most marginalised within society and to ensure protection for the NHS is enshrined in law with guaranteed financing.
Peter Barlow has been fighting the pandemic as a Contact Tracing Practitioner with NHS Scotland and is contesting the election to ensure Scotland has a bolder, greener, fairer, European future.
Linguist and translator James K Puchowski will be campaigning in East Lothian to highlight the radical Green plans to reform Scotland’s economy, moving away from the short-term economic profiteering of The City and focusing on long-term sustainable farming and rural development.
Software engineer Tristan Gray completes the list line up for the Scottish Greens and will bring a political focus on land ownership reform and delivering local green jobs with the renewables industry.
Laura Moodie commented:
“The past five years have shown how Green MSPs deliver for Scotland. In the last year alone, Green MSPs have led the successful campaign to reverse the unfair exam grades, delivered free bus travel for young people, banned winter evictions, and secured weekly Covid testing for NHS staff, care workers and teachers.
“The Scottish Greens are on course for a record result in the May elections and throughout the campaign our Green team for South Scotland will bring fresh ideas to the political debate. With just nine years left to tackle the climate emergency, it’s more important than ever that everyone votes like our future depends on it.”
Barbra Harvie added:
“Scotland needs a Green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and to confront a global climate emergency that can no longer be ignored.
“A recovery that will create a society that invests in the future of its young people and takes the opportunity to create lasting green jobs by developing and utilising Scotland’s wealth of renewable resources.
“The time is right for the Scottish Green Party to take its place as a major player in Scottish politics and on the global stage, to actively promote Green policies and maintain the pressure on other parties to deliver on promises made.”
Dominic Ashmole commented:
“Covid-19 has highlighted enormous kindness and resilience in our communities – a fierce love that has seen people support and protect one another. This may become our greatest strength and comfort as we build a green recovery and face the reality of climate breakdown.
“Everyone keeps hearing about the climate emergency, but we are not seeing governments take concrete and credible action. No wonder people feel confused. They are told it is an emergency, but they see no urgency from governments.
“In reality, the next ten years are make-or-break. If we don’t halve annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, we’ll overshoot safe limits of warming.”
 Latest polling shows the Scottish Greens on course to poll over 10% of the vote, resulting in at least 10 seats, including one in South Scotland: http://ballotbox.scot/scottish-parliament/polling-scottish-parliament
ADDITIONAL QUOTES AND INFORMATION ABOUT CANDIDATES
Lives: Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway
Occupation: Co-ordinator for community-led regeneration project Midsteeple Quarter
Barbra Harvie https://www.facebook.com/BarbraHarvieforHolyrood2021
Occupation: Semi- retired lecturer (Climate Change/Restoration Ecology/Forestry)
Occupation: Healthcare technology R&D manager
Kath Malone https://twitter.com/kathmal0ne
“I am standing as a candidate for the Holyrood elections because I know that as a young person my voice is vital and important within politics. I am passionate about listening to, working with, and advocating for other young people all over the region on the issues that impact us.
“I am frightened, along with my peers, by the ever-approaching severity of the climate crisis. This issue will impact young people disproportionately and needs to be treated as a top priority. To do this requires both words spoken by the Government and the actions taken to match up. Consequently, I believe that the Scottish Green party is the only party that is committed to pushing for this imminent change that is so desperately needed.”
Charles Strang https://twitter.com/charlesstrang
Lives: St Boswells
Occupation: Architect and Town & Regional Planner (recently retired)
“The Scottish Greens share public service values to which I aspire, internationalist in outlook while promoting locally deliverable economic, environmental, and community goals which are embodied in conserving and improving the places where we work, rest and play.”
“It’s not by accident that the icon on our computers representing the network is frequently a globe. Increasingly (and particularly during this pandemic) we rely on technology to work, rest and play, and those without such options are further disadvantaged. Nowhere is this more true than in parts of rural Scotland without access to fast broadband. We must continue to provide for those who don’t avail themselves of such facilities. But for an increasingly larger number of our citizens (especially our children), fast broadband is not an option but a necessity. It should be a universal public service.”
“I am standing as a candidate for the Scottish Greens as I am passionate about ensuring those marginalised within our society have an equal voice. This includes the trans community being accepted by all, without fear or recrimination. And, that a new Scot who came here as a refugee has the rights and support to be heard and helped in reaching their potential. Our NHS has helped me through a severe illness and its protection needs to be enshrined in our laws, and its financing guaranteed.
“Many families are currently living in fuel poverty, and an increasing number are struggling to meet their most basic human needs. With so many issues arising from the pandemic and Brexit, we can’t lose sight of those most vulnerable. The stress of bills, arrears and attempting to put food on the table is a very real issue, that should not be dismissed. Although it may seem that the fuel price cap rise of £1.85 per week per home is meagre in some respects, it adds up to £96 per year, this is simply too much.”
Lives: New Luce, Dumfries & Galloway
Occupation: Contact Tracing Practitioner with NHS Scotland. Retired drama teacher and former mental health professional.
“As we build back better after Covid, we can transform society – with more, more-local services, reducing time, stress and cash squandered on unneeded travel. And with a zero-carbon, flexible public transport service for when we do need to travel. It won’t be like going back 100 years, it will be like going forward 100 years!”
Lives: Meadowbank, Edinburgh
Occupation: Linguist and translator
Current town of residence: Meadowbank, Edinburgh
“Scotland is an energy powerhouse and its renewables potential could beat the meagre percentage of the economy that gas and oil currently comprises. I’m passionate about radical reforms to Scotland’s economy, migrating away from the short-term economic profiteering of The City and focusing on long-term sustainable farming and rural development which is far more common in continental Europe. We’re not just campaigning for green politics for the environment’s sake, but because a greener economic model is fairer to the poorest and is better suited to tackling the instability of global trade. Brexit and wider pushes for privatisation of our public services only demonstrates this more. With power in local hands too, we can (and absolutely should) build a more egalitarian and equitable society for all who consider Scotland home.”
Tristan Gray https://twitter.com/tristangrayedi