Maggie Chapman re-elected as Scottish Greens co-convener

Written by Tom Freeman on 27 November 2015 in News

Maggie Chapman selected over fellow Holyrood candidate Zara Kitson for joint leadership of party

Former councillor Maggie Chapman has been re-elected as co-convener of the Scottish Green Party after the party carried out its internal elections.

Chapman saw off a challenge from Glasgow branch co-convener Zara Kitson by 815 votes to 598 to become the party’s female co-convener.

Patrick Harvie remains the male co-convener after he was elected unopposed. He publicly backed Kitson.


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Chapman said the result showed the party would not “settle for our comfort zone” and predicted it could make a “big impact” in the Holyrood elections next year.

“This has been a really exciting election, and I’m really pleased the Scottish Green Party has chosen my vision of a welcoming, socially just Scotland which works for good in the world,” she said.

Kitson said she was proud of her campaign. “This election has been held in a very constructive spirit – it has energised our party, and is an excellent sign of where we've got to. It shows Scottish Greens are comfortable doing politics differently and holding a constructive debate,” she said.

The party is set to review its internal structures over the coming year with the role of male and female co-convener expected to be examined.

Chapman quit as an Edinburgh councillor in June to concentrate on becoming an MSP for the North East, but faced a petition of local members who wanted a more local candidate. She is rector at the  University of Aberdeen.

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