News and views from the East Lothian Greens

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?

Haddington & Lammermuir, meet your Green candidate

Cris Thacker Mon 13 Mar, 2017

Why are you standing to become an East Lothian councillor?

Because it is about time East Lothian had a progressive choice on the ballot paper… and voice in the council. 

What’s the best thing about your ward?

The middle isle in Aldi, where else can you get an air compessor and sewing machine with your weekly shop?

What are your priorities if elected?

To represent the people of the Haddington and Lammermuir at council with respect, openness and passion.

Dunbar & East Linton, meet your Green candidate

Sarah Beattie-Smith Mon 6 Mar, 2017

Why are you standing to become an East Lothian councillor?

From strengthening local democracy to creating more sustainable communities to working across political divides to end cuts to services, Green ideas are needed more than ever in East Lothian. 

What’s the best thing about your ward?

Dunbar and East Linton ward has it all - amazing landscapes and an incredibly active community 

What are your priorities if elected?

Previously threatened cuts appear to have been shelved but we cannot be complacent

Tue 21 Feb, 2017

East Lothian Council sets its budget today (Tue 21 Feb).

A council consultation late last year highlighted potential cuts to services and facilities and increased charges, but in light of the additional £160million secured for local government by the Green MSPs, there is an additional £2.9million for East Lothian Council. On top of that, there is a further £3m from the changes to upper bands of Council Tax.

Jason Rose, Green candidate for Musselburgh, said:

Donate & help elect Green Councillors for East Lothian!

Wed 15 Feb, 2017

We've got five fantastic candidates standing to be local councillors across East Lothian, but we need your help to get them elected!   This year, Scottish Green Party candidates are standing to put Power in Your Hands. To transform local democracy, fight council cuts and connect our communities. 

We need your help to get the Green message out to more voters than ever before. But that needs money - for leaflets, newsletters and more. 

Can you help?

I promise to continue campaigning on the issues that matter to Musselburgh

Jason Rose Wed 15 Feb, 2017

I’m standing to become one of Musselburgh’s four councillors on East Lothian Council.

The election takes place on 4 May, although many people cast postal votes in the weeks beforehand.

Our candidates for the council elections on 4 May

Sat 11 Feb, 2017

East Lothian Greens today (11 Feb) announced their candidates for the local government elections in three months’ time, and say they are confident of electing the county’s first Green councillors.

The party will contest five of East Lothian’s six council wards, with Green councillors potentially holding the balance of power on the 22-member authority.


Thu 2 Feb, 2017

East Lothian Greens are welcoming the party's historic deal to secure £160million of additional funds from the Scottish Government to protect local council services such as schools and social care.

Using the local government allocation formula, East Lothian’s share is £3million. This cancels the £3million cut proposed by the Scottish Government. This additional cash should be factored into East Lothian Council’s budget deliberations, due on 21 February.