Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie - Scottish Green Party co-leaders

Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie will go unchallenged as co-leaders of the Scottish Greens at the party’s internal elections this summer. The Scottish Green Party confirmed earlier this week that at the close of nominations, no other candidates had emerged for the party’s leadership.

Slater said: “Scottish Greens in government are ensuring that progressive policies on climate, nature, the environment, well-being, equality and fairness are at the heart of decision making. I look forward to continuing that work on behalf of the party and the people of Scotland.

“As a Minister, I am delighted to have already delivered record funding for nature, biodiversity, a ban on single use plastic, incineration and coal extraction, published the circular economy bill and am delivering the first national park in a generation.

“We are leading on the Green change that is so essential and are only just getting started in transforming Scotland.”

Harvie said: “Green politics have never been more vital to society than right now in the face of a toxic Tory party that lurches further to the right with every draconian decision slithering out from Downing Street.

“We will always stand up for equality, for those seeking asylum, people struggling with a Westminster driven cost of living crisis, and our environment at a time of climate crisis requiring radical ideas for change.

“It continues to be a huge honour for me to play a part in leading our party as we enjoy record polling numbers which has us on course to deliver even more MSPs at the next Scottish election. I hope the work we are doing will convince others to join the green movement too.”

Slater and Harvie were first elected as co-leaders in 2019 and were unopposed in 2021.

The Party’s annual elections will see 48 positions voted for between Wednesday, July 12 and Monday, July 24. Results will be released shortly afterwards.

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