Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie to continue as Green co-leaders

The Scottish Government ministers have run unopposed at the Greens' internal elections.

Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie to continue as Scottish Greens co-leaders unchallenged Getty Images

Lorna Slater and Patrick Harvie will continue as co-leaders of the Scottish Greens after running unchallenged in the party’s internal leadership election.

The party holds internal votes annually but no one entered the contest to oppose the two Scottish Government ministers.

They were elected to the party as co-leaders in 2019 and also ran unopposed last year.

And they entered government in 2021 when they signed the Bute House Agreement with the SNP.

The news comes after Slater, who is Scotland’s circular economy minister, faced down a vote of no confidence by the Tories at Holyrood.

The Green MSP has faced criticism from opposition parties over her role in the Deposit Return Scheme, which has been delayed multiple times.

The Greens point to a Westminster veto as the reason for its postponement.

Slater said: “Scottish Greens in government are ensuring that progressive policies on climate, nature, the environment, well-being, equality and fairness are at the heart of decision making. I look forward to continuing that work on behalf of the party and the people of Scotland.

“As a Minister, I am delighted to have already delivered record funding for nature, biodiversity, a ban on single use plastic, incineration and coal extraction, published the circular economy bill and am delivering the first national park in a generation.

“We are leading on the Green change that is so essential and are only just getting started in transforming Scotland.”

Harvie meanwhile became tenants rights minister and has overseen the Government’s introduction of the rent cap, rent freeze and the moratorium on evictions.

He said: “Green politics have never been more vital to society than right now in the face of a toxic Tory party that lurches further to the right with every draconian decision slithering out from Downing Street.

“We will always stand up for equality, for those seeking asylum, people struggling with a Westminster driven cost of living crisis, and our environment at a time of climate crisis requiring radical ideas for change.

“It continues to be a huge honour for me to play a part in leading our party as we enjoy record polling numbers which has us on course to deliver even more MSPs at the next Scottish election. I hope the work we are doing will convince others to join the green movement too.”

The Party’s annual elections will see 48 positions voted for between Wednesday, July 12 and Monday, July 24.

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