After Monday's vote at Westminster which committed the UK to renewing the Trident nuclear weapons system, the local branch of the Scottish Green Party are calling on all attending the recent demos in East Kilbride, Rutherglen, Hamilton and Biggar, to continue to work together to ensure nuclear weapons have no future in Scotland or across the world.
In the Tories rush to vote on the renewal of Trident at Westminster on Monday, people of East Kilbride and Biggar are invited to make their voices heard loud and clear at flash mob demos at EK Bus Sation and Biggar Corn Exchange this Saturday at 12 noon as part of a country wide demo instigated by the Scrap Trident Campaign. All individuals, groups and political parties will be welcome - bring flags or home made anti trident banners or just yourself - all welcome.
A spot of EU tabloid delivery in East Kilbride folowed by lunch or a coffee. It's a chance to meet other local members and help get a Greener In Europe message out there. You don't need anything - just bring yourselves!
Meet up at the town centre bus station at 10:30 and we will head off in teams for a couple of hours then lunch. Contact Kirsten (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details
Malcolm Spaven, of the Scottish Opencast Communities Alliance will speak on Opencast coal extraction. This is an issue of particular concern in the area as Hargreaves Services lodged an application with South Lanarkshire Council to extract up to four million tonnes of coal from a site at Glentaggart East.
Leafleting to start 10am, followed by a pub social in the evening: www.facebook.com/ScotBordGreens
Sarah Beattie- Smith, our lead candidate for South of Scotland, Janet Moxley and Andy Wightman, Land Reform spokesperson and MSP candidate for Lothian, all braced the snow to support Wannlockhead in their community buyout proposal. The small former mining community is ready to take on Britain's largest private landowner, the Duke of Buccleuch.
Steven Hannigan has been selected as our candidate for the Hamilton North & East By-election on Thursday 21st Janaury 2016. Here are a few words of introduction...
Born in Rutherglen, growing up in Cambuslang and now living in Hamilton, I have lived in South Lanarkshire all my life. I graduated in Audio Technology with Multimedia and work as a freelance audio designer as well as in retail. Working with the public is a major perk of both of my jobs as it allows me to interact with people from all walks of life on a day to day basis.
“Scottish Greens are consistently opposed to fracking. With more Green MSPs in the Scottish Parliament, we will stand up for our communities and keep the pressure on. Fracking is a distraction from a cleaner, jobs rich energy future that benefits everyone, rather than a few multinationals."