Greens can be kingmakers says Harper

Robin Harper MSP leaving the conference

By Andy Mackie

The Scottish Green party can emulate its Australian counterpart and be kingmakers in next Mays Scottish elections according to Robin Harper MSP.

Harper, speaking at the party conference for the last time before standing down after twelve years as a MSP said: “We should be prepared to enter an agreement with another party who would be willing to offer us one or two seats in cabinet”, continuing, “It will only take a swing of two to three percent to return up to nine Green MSPs. Let us aim as high as possible and achieve this.”

Harper had looked back over his 25 year involvement with green politics thanking all those involved in the Greens  over that period and reflected on the parties political achievements. These included concessions in areas such as GM crops, national parks, fishing stocks and climate change. He also spoke of his satisfaction at the recent hate crime law which was the first piece of Green party legislation to be passed.  On these achievements he stated: “The Green party has laid down roots in Scottish politics it is now time for it to flower.”

Earlier party co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP had paid tribute to Harper by saying: “Robin can look back with satisfaction on the last decade or so of electoral success. His commitment and dedication in the tough years before electoral success helped make the subsequent success possible”. Harvie went on to cite the electoral gains of the Green parties in Australia, Germany and Brazil as inspiration for the Scottish party.

The conference at Edinburgh Napier’s Craiglockhart campus concludes tomorrow when Caroline Lucas MP will deliver a keynote speech.

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