Green candidate thanks voters

Monday May 10th 2021

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This View has been written by Dominic Ashmole, the Scottish Green Party’s candidate in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale & Lauderdale constituency

I write to thank the 1 in 20 voters who supported me in the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency last week. The Scottish Greens won 5% of the vote here on our first attempt, despite an increase in the SNP majority. This demonstrates how keenly many local people feel that our future depends on urgent and radical action to prevent the collapse of nature, climate and, ultimately, civilisation.

I am delighted that Thursday’s election increased the number of Green MSPs to eight – five women and three men – who will work tirelessly to direct parliamentary minds away from business as usual and towards this emergency agenda. This is perhaps literally the “do or die” Holyrood term.

To the 3,007 locals and 18,964 voters across South Scotland who supported the Scottish Greens with their party list vote, I have to express my great sadness that Laura Moodie, our top list candidate, missed out by just 114 votes of a total of 363,848. You deserved strong local Green political representation, and to be deprived by such a margin is heart-breaking.

Finally, may I congratulate Christine Grahame on her success, thank my fellow candidates for a respectful campaign, and celebrate the many energetic (but perhaps now exhausted) Green activists who delivered our best ever result. Both Borders and Midlothian branches of the Scottish Greens welcome new members as we build strength in advance of the 2022 council elections. Come and join us!

Yours faithfully,

Dominic Ashmole

Scottish Green Party candidate, Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency

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