Scottish Greens co-convenors Patrick Harvie MSP and Cllr Maggie Chapman will be in Falkirk this Thursday evening (21 May) to launch the newest branch of the rapidly-growing party.
The pair will be attending the inaugural AGM of Falkirk Greens, where local members will also hold a food donation drive in aid of the Storehouse foodbank in Bo-ness.
The Scottish Greens have had an explosive 500% increase in membership since the referendum last September. With over 9000 members, the Greens are now around the same size as the Scottish Labour Party.
Falkirk Greens began organising as a local group immediately after the referendum, and have since gained hundreds of members and a devoted following on social media.
Polling for next year’s Scottish Parliament election has consistently put the Greens on between 10 and 12 per cent, suggesting they could gain seats in every region of Scotland, including at least one in Falkirk’s Central Scotland region.
Patrick Harvie MSP said:
“It’s been inspiring to see so much Green activism building up in recent months, with local branches springing to life across the country. Falkirk has been even more energetic than most with packed meetings, really determined campaigning against the threat of fracking, and a social media presence which shows a commitment to making politics positive and engaging to take part in. It gives them a great platform to build on for next year’s Holyrood election.”
Cllr Maggie Chapman said:
“I’m so proud of Falkirk Greens for sharing their inaugural meeting with a food drive for the Storehouse foodbank. This is an incredibly dedicated group of grassroots activists, determined to fight the inequality, poverty wages and benefits cuts that make foodbanks the shameful necessity they have become in Scotland today. I’m confident they’ll elect Central Scotland’s first Green MSP next year, and Falkirk’s first Green councillors in 2017.”
Falkirk Greens co-convenor Lisa Coverdale said:
“If there’s a secret to Falkirk Greens’ success, it’s that we’ve taken on serious campaigns – like the fight against fracking – with a spirit of fun and camaraderie. We’re all learning together, so you don’t have to be a political expert. I’d recommend to anyone who wants to help change our community for the better to join the Greens and come along to one of our meetings – we’ll be delighted to meet you!”
The Falkirk Greens AGM is open to all members of the Scottish Green Party and starts at 7.30pm on Thursday 21 May in the Trinity Church, Falkirk. For more information visit http://falkirk.scottishgreens.org.uk.
Join the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593124557596195/.
This event is only open to Scottish Greens members. You can join the Scottish Greens here, membership rates start at £5 for under 18s / students and for other adults are based on income: http://www.scottishgreens.org.uk/join-donate/