POLL: GREENS LOOK FORWARD TO CAMPAIGN AHEAD
Scottish Greens are welcoming yet another Holyrood poll suggesting the party is on course to secure a much bigger group of MSPs in the 2016 election.
The Ipsos-Mori survey has the Scottish Greens on 8 per cent on the regional vote, which suggests 8 MSPs.
It also shows Scottish Greens Co-convener Patrick Harvie MSP has the highest approval rating of the Holyrood opposition leaders, and that most people think the Scottish Greens have the best policies for Scotland's environment.
Polls have consistently placed the party between 8 and 13 per cent, suggesting Green MSPs will be elected across each of the 8 parliamentary regions.
The party, whose membership now numbers 9,000, has already selected its lead candidates for all 8 regions, including MSPs Patrick Harvie (Glasgow), Alison Johnstone (Lothian) and John Finnie (Highlands and Islands). In addition, Patrick Harvie will contest the Glasgow Kelvin constituency and Alison Johnstone will contest Edinburgh Central.
Alison Johnstone MSP said:
"This consistent polling underlines the huge opportunity Scottish Greens have to become a stronger voice at Holyrood, holding the SNP to account and putting forward bold and constructive ideas. In recent weeks we've outlined how we could create many more jobs for our economy and we will continue to press for support for Scotland's small businesses and action on issues such as Additional Support Needs in schools and better connections within our NHS and social care.
"We'll continue to challenge the Scottish Government on its climate change failures, and the fracking and coal gasification threats faced by Scotland's communities.
"Scottish Greens are well placed for a major breakthrough next year, with our excellent field of regional candidates, our surging membership and our credible track record of action in parliament since 1999. We look forward to the campaign ahead."
SCOTTISH PUBLIC OPINION MONITOR (Ipsos Mori)
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