Scottish Greens unveil candidates for regional lists

The Scottish Greens have revealed the candidates that will contest the regional lists at the 2021 Holyrood election.

The party believes it can win significantly more list seats at the election, growing its number of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament.

All the party’s MSPs have been reselected apart from John Finnie, who has announced his retirement.

Hoping to replace him will be regenerative designer Ariane Burgess, who tops the regional list for the Highlands and Islands, followed by Anne Thomas.

Co-leader Patrick Harvie tops the Glasgow list, followed by Dennistoun councillor Kim Long and Nadia Kanyange, while Alison Johnstone and Andy Wightman are followed by co-leader Lorna Slater in the Lothian list.

Ross Greer in West Scotland is followed by Carolynn Scrimgeour, while Mid Scotland and Fife will see Mags Hall follow Mark Ruskell.

The Central region list is topped by Gillian Mackay followed by Rosemary McGowan and the South of Scotland list will have Laura Moodie and Barbra Harvie at the top.

Former co-convener Maggie Chapman tops the list for the North East, followed by Guy Ingerson.

Speaking after selection, Ariane Burgess said: “I’m honoured to be selected to be lead candidate for the region. John Finnie has worked tirelessly to improve the lives and opportunities in the region, and I want to be in the position to continue his legacy. Greens can no longer be the raindrops at the start of the storm. We need to be the storm. Our campaign starts now.”

Gillian Mackay said: “Four of Scotland’s top climate polluters are within minutes of where I grew up. I can’t wait to be part of the most successful Green team ever.”

Councillor Kim Long said: “We have a lot to do. We are going to run our biggest campaign ever and win a record number of MSPs.”