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Local Government elections 2017

The Scottish local government elections are taking place on 4 May 2017.

At Nourish Scotland we want to see flourishing cities, towns and communities centered firmly on the well-being of Scotland’s people, now and into the future. Support for public transport, active travel, renewable energy, waste management, schools and public services all form part of this picture – as does sustainable food. By investing in a healthier, more sustainable and fairer food system, our local authorities can deliver a whole range of social, economic and environmental outcomes.

We encourage our members and supporters to contact your local candidates and ask them to put focus on food in the next council period.

Below you can find our key policy asks – please feel free to share them with local candidates or to use them as a starting point for conversations, briefings and hustings during the election period. You can find the full list of candidates on your Council’s website or on Democracy Club.

If you’re running for the elections and support these asks, please get in touch with us. At the bottom of this page, you can see a growing list of candidates who’ve already signed up.

If you’re tweeting, please use the hashtag #NourishElectionAsks


We’ve produced a two-page policy briefing (see below), as well as a longer version that provides more detail and case studies. You can download them here:

Summary version – Nourish Scotland policy asks local government election 2017

Longer version – Nourish Scotland policy asks local elections 2017




Stay tuned for more updates in the run-up to the elections!

If you have any questions or thoughts about our policy ideas, or are interested in campaigning on food issues during this election period, please get in touch with Olga Bloemen at olga @, or call the Nourish office on 0131 226 1497.




Election candidates supporting these policy asks:

Name Party Area
Kevin Ferguson Greens Hawick and District
Mandy Meikle Greens Clydesdale West, South Lanarkshire
Janet Moxley Greens Clydesdale East
Linda Henry Greens Stirling East
Sandy Forbes Greens Kirkcaldy East
Andy Collins Greens St Andrews
Graham Batin Greens Renfrew South and Gallowhill
Elspeth Coutts Greens Strathtay Ward, Perth & Kinross


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