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Highland Greens say "there is a lot more work to do" after being elected

By Imogen James

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Ryan Mackintosh, Andrew Baldrey, Kate Willis, and Chris Ballance.
Ryan Mackintosh, Andrew Baldrey, Kate Willis, and Chris Ballance.

HIGHLAND Greens have hailed an "excellent" result at last week's council elections and pledged to work together to push top priorities.

A total of four Greens were elected to Highland Council representing the party's best-ever showing in the region.

The four councillors are Chris Ballance for Aird and Loch Ness, Ryan Mackintosh for Inverness West, Kate Willis for Fort William and Ardnamurchan and Andrew Baldrey for Caol and Mallaig.

The elected councillors are eager to work on the groups manifesto, focusing on climate action, working to deliver warm affordable homes, improve public transport and active travel, and develop the circular economy and 20-minute communities.

Thomas Widrow, campaign manager for the Highland Greens, said: “Today is a good day for people and planet. This election showed that a record-breaking number of people care about delivering a greener, fairer future for all.”

“I would like to thank all of our candidates and the many volunteers that propelled this grass-roots, people-powered campaign to victory. We couldn’t have done this without each and everyone of you.”

“There is a lot more work to do. With our influence in parliament, government and council, we can deliver for our communities. Today I am calling on every local campaign group that shares our objective of building a better tomorrow: get in touch, let’s work together.”

Chris Ballance added: “I have been involved in environmental and social justice movements for many years and I am very excited to continue this work in Council.

"I would like to thank the people of Aird and Loch Ness ward for giving me this opportunity. You can expect me to work across the chamber and beyond to deliver our forward-thinking manifesto and I would encourage everyone interested in helping me achieve this to reach out. Let’s make history!”

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