What a weekend! As well as all the sunshine, things started to hot up in the campaign for the European elections on 23 May. And it was the Scottish Greens making all the positive headlines with our message to choose hope over hate. If you missed any of it, here’s a wee round-up.
The Sunday Mail – Scotland’s biggest selling newspaper - became the first ever to back the Scottish Greens for a national election. In a front-page editorial they said the Greens were the only party offering credible answers to the climate crisis. The paper also carried an exclusive endorsement from Outlander star Sam Heughan, who said, “Green ideas are on the move so it would be great to see a Green MEP elected for Scotland.”
Lorna triumphs on Debate Night
On Sunday night, MEP candidate Lorna Slater made her debut for the Scottish Greens on BBC Scotland’s Debate Night programme. Lorna seized her moments to blow apart the Brexit Party’s nonsense claims to be upholding democracy whilst the Vote Leave campaign fights three separate investigations into Russian interference, as well as to blast Tory MP Luke Graham for having zero climate credibility after his party axed renewables subsidies.
From SNP to Green
The Herald on Sunday ran a story on Edinburgh branch co-convenor Bill Wilson’s decision to abandon the SNP for the Greens, after spotting him out campaigning on Saturday. Bill told them it was Nicola Sturgeon’s attachment to failed neoliberal economics which was the final straw to make him join the Greens in 2017.
Green activists were out in force over the weekend all over the country, from Kirkcudbright to Kinning Park to Kintore, getting a great response from voters who want a Green voice in Brussels and Strasbourg and stand up for Scotland and tackle the climate crisis.
An overnight poll put the Greens at 11% UK-wide – ahead of the Tories and within touching distance of Labour and the Lib Dems. It’s clear that if we keep the Green Wave going we’re in with a super shout of electing Maggie Chapman as a first Scottish Green MEP on 23 May.
Next weekend is the last of the campaign and we need to make it our biggest and best yet. We’ll be hitting every home in Scotland in the next few days with our campaign freepost and a party election broadcast. We’ve a great chance to elect a Green MEP – please get in touch if you want to help make it happen.