Patrick's performance in final TV debate will add to Green momentum

The Scottish Greens tonight (1 May) hailed the performance of party co-convener Patrick Harvie in the final televised Holyrood leaders debate, broadcast live on BBC1 from Hopetoun House near South Queensferry, coming on the same day the Sunday Herald recommended a regional vote for the Greens for the first time.


Mr Harvie, who has been the Green MSP for Glasgow since 2003, remains the opposition leader with the highest satisfaction ratings in Ipsos Mori polling, and his party looks set to return a record number of between 7 and 12 MSPs in Thursday's election. 


A spokesperson for the Scottish Greens said:


"Patrick has a reputation for listening and giving honest answers to questions put to him - a rare quality in politics. The debate illustrated why more Green MSPs will make all the difference to our parliament over the next five years. Rather than swapping the tribal bickering of SNP and Labour for SNP and Tories, voters have a choice to use one of their two votes in this election to elect a strong group of Greens who will bring constructive pressure to bear.


"On the issues covered - creating new jobs, protecting our NHS and building more homes to solve the housing crisis - Patrick showed that the Scottish Greens have a track record of achievement and the bold ideas needed to create a better Scotland. As we enter the final few days of campaigning the momentum on the regional vote is clearly with the Scottish Greens, and the way Patrick connected with the audience tonight underlined that exciting trend."