I am standing for selection to the regional list of the Scottish Greens for next year’s Holyrood elections. Here’s why.
I think this election is vital: it is important that we use the next Holyrood session to shape our economic, political and environmental future. We have seen the growth in appetite for a new kind of politics; a politics that is participatory, inclusive and puts people before profit.
I believe I have the experience and platform to take this politics onto the campaign trail and into Parliament:
- I have been the SGP Co-convener since 2013
- I have been a SGP Councillor for the Leith Walk ward since 2007, and I am Convener of the Petitions Committee in Edinburgh
- I am Rector of the University of Aberdeen, chairing the University Court
- I am a Trade Union Activist, being newly elected Vice President of the EIS-ULA – the Universities part of the Educational Institute of Scotland
If elected, I will:
- Oppose austerity, cuts and privatisation, including TTIP
- Campaign for public services in public hands
- Oppose fracking and support the development of green jobs through the reindustrialisation of Scotland that focuses on renewable energy
- Bring radical democracy to Holyrood using participatory decision-making to include communities across the Region in my work
- Fight for the decentralisation of power to local communities
As Councillor, I
- Was the first politician in Scotland to call for a Living Wage
- Pioneered the hugely successful £eith Decides participatory budgeting process
- Worked with Trade Unions and the Voluntary Sector to improve work conditions and oppose privatisation
- Won cross-party support for Scotland’s for Peace, Transition Towns and Edinburgh World Justice Festival
- Campaigned on animal welfare
I have significant party and campaign experience:
- I was the Lead European Candidate in 2014, delivering the highest ever green vote across Scotland
- I was and continue to be a prominent speaker and campaigner at Radical Independence Campaign, Women for Independence, and Green Yes events
- I was a member of the Smith Commission on further powers for Scotland, arguing for full devolution of economic and social justice powers
- I was a member of COSLA’s Commission on Strengthening Local Democracy calling for a radical transformation of our democracy to give power to communities
I passionately believe that, with the strong voice I promise to bring to the campaign, we can transform society and deliver an economy that works for people not profit, and a politics that serves communities not corporations.
Vote Maggie Chapman #1 for a campaigning and listening MSP!