Scottish Greens thank over 3,000 new members

The Scottish Green Party joined the #PeoplesClimate march with huge news: they've welcomed more than THREE THOUSAND new members since the Independence referendum.
That's incredible! For more on the Green surge in Scotland, visit: http://facebook.com/ScottishGreens/posts/

SCOTTISH GREENS THANK OVER 3,000 NEW MEMBERS

The Scottish Greens are thanking over 3,000 new members who have joined the party since the close of polls on Thursday evening.

This means total membership has just passed the 5,000 mark. The surge is also being seen on social media. The Scottish Greens' twitter account - @scotgp - now has over 18,200 followers compared to Scottish Labour's 13,000.

Recent opinion polls have put support for the Greens on 10 per cent on the Holyrood regional vote, suggesting 11 MSPs, which would make the Scottish Greens the parliament's third largest party, one MSP ahead of the Conservatives.

In May's European election the Scottish Greens secured 108,000 votes, coming ahead of the Lib Dems in 21 of Scotland's 32 local authority areas.

Comments on social media from those joining the party include:

"Excited to be part of such a progressive movement."
"Patrick Harvie is absolutely fantastic."
"I’ve joined @scotgp to help bring about positive, sustainable change."
"First time I've been a member of a political party."
"Spent most of the ‪#‎indyref‬ campaign wishing green matters would get more attention."
"Found @patrickharvie's arguments compelling throughout #indyref campaign."
"Let's get working for a fairer Scotland."

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-convenor Patrick Harvie MSP said:

"I want to thank the vast number of people who have been in touch over recent days to offer support, share their thoughts about the Green Yes campaign, and to join the party in their thousands – including those who voted Yes and No. We’ll be going into the next election as a much bigger party than we could have imagined, and the potential clearly still exists for a dramatic realignment of Scotland’s political landscape.

"There are many ideas being debated about what that realignment will result in, but the Greens have never been the kind of party where a handful of people in leadership roles impose their own decisions on the rest. Our local branches are currently debating the next steps, our national council will meet on Saturday, and our members new and old will meet at our biggest conference even on October 11th to start making our decisions together.

"One thing is very clear to me. As well as the huge numbers of Yes voters who sought the kind of radical change that Westminster is unlikely to deliver, there are also many who voted No but who share our commitment to a sustainable economy, a fair and equal society, and a renewed democratic culture.

"Making that happen will mean finding ways to work together. We have always been a party that seek to work with others where common ground exists, while still offering a robust challenge where we must on the core principles of the Green agenda. I’m very excited to know that we’ll be doing so as a far bigger party in future."

The party is now looking ahead to its conference on the 11th & 12th October in Edinburgh, set to be its largest ever.

Key speakers include Green MSPs Patrick Harvie and Alison Johnstone, former First Minister Henry McLeish, trade unions and NGOs.

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