So, it's that time again when the agricultural shows come to South Lanarkshire, and there the Greens were, in between the livestock and tractors! The aim was threefold: to raise our profile among the farming community, to raise Janet Moxley's profile towards the council elections next May; and most importantly, to chat to local folk and ask them what mattered to them.
On the 7th April, the Scottish Green party officially launched its regional campaign for Central Scotland at a rally in Hamilton's town centre.
Scottish Greens Co-convenor Patrick Harvie and regional lead candidates Kirsten Robb and John Wilson highlighted the benefits that Green MSPs could bring to Central Scotland, emphasising that a better Scotland needs a bolder Holyrood.
Scottish Greens pledged their support for getting young people into work, education and training as party co-convener Patrick Harvie met members of the Street League project in Hamilton, Lanarkshire. Later today, the Scottish Greens will also launch their Mini Manifesto “Scotland Can guarantee a future for all its young people”.
Local campaigners and candidates from the Scottish Green Party were out in
big numbers earlier this week at train stations across Central Scotland to
highlight our policies on public transport provision, including the nationalisation
of the railways, re-regulation of bus services, and the introduction of
Kirsten Robb and John Wilson MSP, Scottish Green candidates for Central region in the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, are promising bold ideas in the campaign ahead, following the success of the party's biggest ever national conference.
We couldn't have asked for a lovelier day for our 'big green picnic' in Calderglen country park, East Kilbride. We discovered tiny fairy doors, made spells and potions, climbed about, welcomed new members and generally chilled out in the sun with the Green flags fluttering. Thanks to everyone who made it such a fun event!
Kirsten Robb, our lead candidate for the Central Scotland Holyrood list 2016, was in the Daily Record calling for South Lanarkshire Council to address the unacceptable air pollution levels at the Whirlies roundabout in East Kilbride.
East Kilbride people took to the streets this Saturday to raise awareness about a secret deal with the USA that is set to hand more power to big corporations. Campaigners say the deal could lower our environment, food and working standards to dangerous American levels if passed. It could also give big businesses the privilege to sue the government in secret courts if British laws dent their profits. The day of action in East Kilbride was part of a nationwide effort coordinated by independent campaign group 38 Degrees.
Although the weather was windy, cloudy and cold, that didn't dampen our spirits at the Abington Agricultural Show on Saturday 22nd August.
We had our stall just in front of the sheep judging so that the farmers could see our Scottish Greens banner, and be treated to a display of posters showing sheep grazing among wind turbines, along with a summary of our aims for natural resources: land reform, local production, fisheries management, organic farming and sustainable farming.
Lanarkshire Greens have announced that Ruth Thomas will be their candidate in the Clydesdale South council by-election to be held on 5th June.
Ruth will be campaigning for more openness in the council following the recent equal pay case in which the council spent hundreds of thousands of pounds trying to stop low paid workers getting the money which they had earned, and the scandal in which SLC was fobbed off with inadequate restoration bonds for opencast mines which were abandoned which Scottish Coal went bankrupt.