BOLD IDEAS ARE being proposed by a Moray and Highlands political party who say they have been inspired by their largest-ever membership and recent annual conference.
John Finnie MSP and Isla O’Reilly are the Scottish Green candidates for Highlands and Islands Holyrood constituency, which includes Moray, at the Scottish Elections next year.
Following their annual conference at the SECC in Glasgow last week, the pair are promising to act on the wide range of motions – including commitment to rent controls, better parental leave, remaining in the European Union and opposition to the UK Government attack on Trade Unions.
Mr Finnie said, who is the justice spokesman for the Green Party, said: “Our biggest conference to date has undoubtedly inspired our members across the Highlands and Islands to campaign harder than ever to deliver a record result in May.
“With our track record in parliament and our vision of a just society and real power for local communities, a larger group of Green MSPs will ensure Scotland keeps moving in the right direction.
“I’m looking forward to campaigning across the North, and I’m determined to make the Green voice heard on issues of policing, justice and the need to give people real power over their lives.”
Isla O’Reilly, the party’s education spokesperson, added: “I’m looking forward to campaigning across the region with John. Good schools and colleges are vital to our society and our economy.
“There’s a need for the Green voice to be heard on education, as we prioritise the development of the whole child.
“In our schools spending per pupil has been flat for years, and classroom sizes are gradually going up. This isn’t sustainable. It’s also essential we have a strong voice for colleges, as the further education sector has been side lined when it has a vital role to play in widening access to learning.”
People can keep up to date with John and Isla’s campaign for Highlands and Islands online at www.higreens.org