Leith councillor elected to Greens’ top job

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LEITH Walk councillor ­Maggie Chapman has been elected as co-convener of the Scottish Greens.

She was chosen by members to lead the party alongside Glasgow MSP Patrick Harvie as it prepares for next year’s European elections and campaigns for a Yes vote in the independence referendum.

Cllr Chapman, a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University, said: “We need to raise our voices for a different kind of Scotland.

“We need to stand up to Westminster politicians who are trying to shift blame for our economic woes off bankers and on to immigrants, off the rich and onto the unemployed.

“I’ll be campaigning for a Scotland that’s run for people, not for profit, that hands power to communities, not to corporations.

“To win the referendum, it’s going to be crucial that Greens inspire people with a vision of a different kind of Scotland – where we build an economy which pays work properly 
and respects carers, where we see public services as the bedrock of our civilisation; where we put equality ahead of greed.”