South of Scotland Greens on Holyrood election trail

Sarah Beattie-Smith, the Green Party's top list candidate
Sarah Beattie-Smith, the Green Party's top list candidate

The Scottish Greens kick started their campaign for next May’s Holyrood election in the Borders at the weekend.

At a conference for their South of Scotland branches held in Melrose, the Green party’s top list candidate for the region, Sarah Beattie-Smith outlined the party’s key policies.

The conference, the first for the party’s South of Scotland regional branches, was hosted by the Borders group.

“We wanted to draw together all the branches in the region,” said party member and conference organiser Tim Clancey.

“It was about participation, collectively building the party’s vision. This isn’t a top-down party – energy and ideas come from the branches.”

Sarah Beattie-Smith said: “I joined the Scottish Greens because I saw so much was wrong and I wanted to help change the world. In Scotland, half a million children live in poverty; 2 in 5 people live in fuel poverty; 400,000 people are on the minimum wage or less. I want to work for these people and change their lives. That’s why I’m in politics.”

The Scottish Greens will be campaigning in the south for jobs and the economy; transport; broadband and mobile coverage; land reform and local democracy; and sustainable energy.