News and views from the East Lothian Greens

Greens announce East Lothian by-election candidate

Thu 2 Dec, 2021

The Scottish Green Party has confirmed that a Prestonpans charity worker will contest the forthcoming Preston, Seton & Gosford by-election.

Tim Porteus, who has a regular storytelling column in the East Lothian Courier, will also contest the May 2022 full Council elections for the party.

East Lothian's message to COP26

Tue 2 Nov, 2021

Campaigners from across the county were brought together by Sustaining North Berwick at a rally on North Berwick beach to send a message to delegates arriving in Scotland for COP 26.

Residents (along with their banners and posters) came together to conduct a litter pick and hear from speakers including Dr Eurig Scandrett, lecturer at Queen Margaret University and former head of community action at Friends of the Earth Scotland.

Councillors must act on fossil fuels scandal

Mon 11 Oct, 2021

East Lothian councillors can no longer sit on their hands as new figures reveal the exposure of council pension funds to fossil fuels.

Friends of the Earth has uncovered data that shows that Lothian Pension Fund’s investments in fossil fuels stood at £229 million – an increase of almost 40% from last year.

Tesco must pay their bill

Sun 3 Oct, 2021

The Greens have called on Tesco to pay East Lothian what they owe in a long-running financial dispute with the Council.

Tesco originally pledged to pay an education contribution tied to new housing on land it owned. 

Under planning legislation, local authorities can ask housing developers to pay a proportion of money towards schooling to counteract the additional number of families moving into their homes.

Hospital Fears Show More Local Powers Needed

Sun 19 Sep, 2021

The East Lothian Health and Social Care Partnership temporarily closed the Edington Cottage Hospital in North Berwick, relocating inpatients and staff to Haddington.

East Lothian Survey Launched

Sun 12 Sep, 2021

East Lothian Greens have launched a survey to help set priorities for the local election campaign in 2022.

Comment: Rising water levels & tough decisions in East Lothian

Fri 3 Sep, 2021

Dave Berry’s recent column in East Lothian Courier called attention to rising sea levels and how that might impact on East Lothian. Dave is right to point out that we might face difficult decisions in the future about what to protect and what might have to be given up.

Green gains across East Lothian

Thu 2 Sep, 2021

The contributions of the incredible volunteers, who dedicated hours to campaigning under the extremely difficult circumstances of elections held during a pandemic, can not be overstated, and our local successes deserve recognition.

In East Lothian, the Greens polled 3,801 total votes, an increase of almost 50% on 2016 voter numbers, which took the party to 8.3% of the vote share across the constituency - the highest share in the South region!

Musselburgh, meet your Green candidate

Jason Rose Mon 20 Mar, 2017

Why are you standing to become an East Lothian councillor?

I feel I can make a difference, and get a better deal for Musselburgh. Too often we’re overlooked or not listened to, and it’s time East Lothian Council had a fresh voice for Musselburgh getting issues such as housing, public health and our environment higher up the agenda.

What’s the best thing about your ward?