Wed 7 Apr, 2021

Responding to the Ipsos Mori poll for STV which puts the Scottish Greens on 12% for the regional list vote, co-leader Lorna Slater said:

 "This poll tells us that the Scottish Greens are set to have a record number of MSPs in Holyrood and could yet play a crucial role in securing a pro-independence majority in May. I'm also proud that if this poll turns into votes we will have eight women and three men as our Scottish Green MSPs.

"We're asking people to vote like our future depends on it, and it's clear that our plans for a green recovery and to tackle the climate emergency are connecting with voters."

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