The Scottish Greens will have significant impact on the Scottish Parliament and Scotland’s future after gaining seats in the 2021 election.
After a positive campaign which focused on a green recovery and tackling the climate emergency, the Scottish Greens saw their vote share grow in every region of Scotland. With eight MSPs, it is the party’s best ever result.
This has returned previous MSPs Patrick Harvie, Alison Johnstone, Ross Greer and Mark Ruskell, who will now be joined by Ariane Burgess, representing Highlands and Islands, Maggie Chapman, representing the North East, Gillian Mackay, Central region’s first ever Green MSP and the party’s co-leader Lorna Slater, representing Lothian.
The election result also means the Scottish Greens make up a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament.
Commenting, Lorna Slater said:
“With this record result, the Scottish Greens have grown our votes and influence in Scotland at this election. That’s because while other parties focused on short-term tactical voting, the Scottish Greens conducted a positive campaign on a green recovery and tackling the climate crisis.
“It is clear that we need to start working on a new greener future for our country, and part of that must be a referendum on how Scotland is governed. Voters have delivered a pro-independence majority in the Scottish Parliament, with the Scottish Greens playing a vital part, and it is now incumbent on Boris Johnson to recognise that democratic mandate.
“The Scottish Greens will continue our constructive role in the Scottish Parliament, which has seen us improve lives in Scotland and protect our environment, from fairer taxes, free public transport and protecting Scotland’s nature.”