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Elections May 2007
1 February 07
SOLIDARITY ANNOUNCES LIST CANDIDATES FOR MAY ELECTIONS
ANNE MACLEOD WILL LEAD WAY FOR NEW SOCIALIST PARTY
The Solidarity party in the Highlands and Islands has selected its group of candidates to stand on the party list at May's forthcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections. Leading the way for the party at No1 on the list is veteran campaigner Anne Macleod of Inverness .
Anne, a social worker with three children, is a well known figure in left and radical circles throughout the Highlands, was a founder member of the SSP and helped organise the pro-Sheridan majority group within that party that then formed Solidarity.
Anne has campaigned across the region on anti-poverty, pro-trade union and public service campaigns such as Free school Meals, Scrap the Council Tax and opposing the privatisation of care homes. Most recently she was involved in supporting the successful campaign to stop the sell-off of the council housing stock to private sector landlord HHA. Anne was also a founder member of the highly successful Highlands anti war group, Highland Coalition for Justice Not War.
Anne said, "I am delighted to be asked to take principled socialist ideas and policies to our electorate this coming April and May on behalf of Solidarity, which is now the only organised force throughout this region fighting for socialism, independence the environment and peace."
Voters in Caithness and Sutherland will be familiar with list candidate FRANK WARD of Dornoch. Frank was a leading activist in recent campaigns to defend Caithness Maternity Unit and against council housing stock transfer. He is also a veteran of previous victories against Highland Council's use of poindings and warrant sales, and against genetically-modified crops in the Black Isle.
Anne is joined by list candidate Steve Arnott, himself a campaigning veteran of the left and now Solidarity's national election co-ordinator. The list is completed by Saltire Prize-winning author John Aberdein of Orkney, community activist Norma Anderson of Elgin, teacher Liz Walker of Alness, Fair Trade and environmental campaigner Deirdre Henderson of Kintyre and Special Needs Education Trainer Shona Laughland of Bute.
Tommy Sheridan, Solidarity co-convenor said "Anne tops a range of fantastic talents on our Highlands and Islands list and anyone who has heard her speak at a hustings or public meeting knows the passion and commitment she brings to politics. I hope the voters of the region will look left, think left and vote Solidarity on their list ballot in May, and ensure Anne joins me this year in the Scottish Parliament."