What I Stand For

Since returning to live in Portobello I have become increasingly involved in local campaigns and community activism, seeing first hand the power of grassroots action. I am running to be Portobello and Craigmillar Ward’s councillor because I believe we deserve representatives who are invested in and care deeply about the area.

  • If selected to represent Craigmillar and Portobello I would work to bring environmental and social justice to the fore in local government.
  • I want Edinburgh Council to pursue a more sustainable vision for the city, both in environmental terms and in how we attempt to solve the problems we face. We need solutions that are considered, compassionate and will work in the long term and not just as a quick fix.
  • I would work to make Edinburgh more accessible to all people, working to link up public transportation networks and make them as easy to access as possible.
  • I would fight for and listen to citizens from deprived areas of our city, whilst working to support people, especially parents and carers, with mental health issues.
  • I believe housing is a right and will work to protect and improve tenants rights, press for rent controls, and work with groups fighting homelessness in the city.
  • I want to be a voice in council for marginalised groups, and would seek to open and maintain a dialogue with a wide variety of marginalised people.
  • I think Edinburgh has space to improve its treatment of LGBTI+ citizens, including the provision of gender-neutral toilets in more locations.
  • I want us to respect the rights of Gypsy/Travellers and fight for the support that they want and need.
  • I will work hard to make sure that community groups are listened to, supported, and given more power over developments in their local area. Community involvement needs to be more meaningful than just consultations, and I want more power to be given to communities so that local people have a greater say and a more profound sense of investment in their areas.
  • I will strive to get our council listening to and working more closely with communities, whilst aiming to link up community groups so they can share experiences and work together to improve our city.