The top two Scottish Green Party List candidates for the Holyrood election in 2016 are Sarah Beattie-Smith and Eurig Scandrett.
Originally from Biggar, Sarah Beattie-Smith grew up near Peebles and moved to Edinburgh to work and study. She now works for Citizens Advice Scotland, leading a team of campaigners on issues like fuel poverty and has worked in the voluntary sector for the last nine years.
In the Scottish Green Party, she led the 2015 Westminster campaign and stood as a candidate, tripling the number of green votes from 2010. Sarah has been active in the party for three years as campaigns officer, a member of policy committee and as a branch co-convener. An experienced campaigner and community activist, Sarah set up the first Common Weal cafe in Scotland and was active in the referendum, campaigning with Radical Independence, Women for Independence, National Collective and Green Yes.
Sarah is passionate about fighting poverty and about helping communities across the South to thrive. Her priority is to secure the affordable, accessible and reliable services needed in the region. In particular, getting better public transport and internet access; supporting more education and employment opportunities, particularly for young people; and tackling fuel poverty and climate change through locally owned sustainable energy.
You can read Sarah's campaign blog here
Eurig Scandrett is co-convenor of East Lothian Green Party.
He worked as an environmental scientist before moving into adult and community education and activism, including eight years at Friends of the Earth Scotland. He is currently employed as a lecturer in public sociology at Queen Margaret University where he teaches gender justice, social justice and social movement studies and he is also a branch trade union official.
The South of Scotland region stretches for 200 miles coast to coast, covering a vast area from Galloway to East Lothian and six different branches of the Scottish Green Party - the most of any Scottish Parliamentary region - including a large part of South Lanarkshire. The lead candidate for the Scottish green Party in the area is Sarah Beattie-Smith. Sarah tells us about herself and about key policies for the region
Born in Lanark, I grew up on a small holding just outside Biggar before moving along the road to Broughton in the Borders. It’s this wee corner of the South region with which I’m most familiar, but the issues faced by people there are often the same as those across the rest of the South.
The recently formed regional campaign board for the South has identified five themes which cut across the region. We want to see investment in the things that make it possible to live a good life in the South.
It’s not an exhaustive list of course, but it focuses on areas where Greens have something different to say and where we can take action in our communities, campaign on street stalls and online and hopefully follow through with Green voices in Parliament.
If you want to get involved in the campaign, the best thing you can do right now is get active with the local branch, fundraise, talk to friends and family about the Greens and join in local campaigns. Soon we’ll have a regional website and it would be great to have blogs from people across the region. To be part of regional team, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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