SARAH BEATTIE-SMITH

Best bits: Three great hustings in the Borders and getting out in the sun winning votes from Kelso to Dumfries to Fenwick Worst bit: Coming to terms with the fact that there’s only a week left! Folk of note: Rob from Dumfries and Galloway College for being so welcoming; Debbie from Borders Carers Centre and …

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Best bits: Getting some really positive feedback at hustings, especially from folk who were previously undecided or had thought they’d be both votes SNP but who’d changed their mind when they heard me at a hustings whether in Kilmarnock, North Berwick or Castle Douglas Worst bit: Not seeing nearly enough of Nat after spending much of …

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Best bits: Introducing Save Broomfield campaigners to Lesley Riddoch for some welcome advice and support on the next stage of their campaign and then getting a shout out on her podcast Worst bit: My car making horrid sort of broken noises and needing to go into the garage Folk of note: Elise and the team …

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Best bits: Knowing I played even a small part in saving buses in Dumfries and Galloway, alongside a fantastic bunch of Green campaigners Worst bit: Being totally floored by stomach cramps all weekend. Folk of note: Maggie, Amanda and Pip from the Scottish Rural Parliament who’ve been travelling around the South gathering views from rural …

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Best bits: Hearing local people talk with huge enthusiasm about their local community and its future, whether in Stranraer, Wigtown or Gatehouse of Fleet; and camping under the stars in the shadow of Orchardton Tower with my partner. Worst bit: Struggling to find the time to write my campaign diary! Folk of note: Danny and …

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Best bit: Getting to hang out with the South team, the national campaign team and my fellow candidates at Conference. Fantastic folk! Worst bit: Going over a pothole and bursting a tyre (on Dad’s car) 150 miles from home Folk of note: Mrs Menzies the librarian (and so much more) at Wallace Hall Academy in …

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Best bit: Two inspiring days in Dumfries with artists, Greens and family Worst bit: Not realising *just* how far Ayr is from Dunbar and being really late (twice) Folk of note: Beth, Tim, Cat, Charles, Pauline and Jody from Borders branch who organised the brilliant action day on Saturday + local members and my wonderful …

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Best bit: Doing three events in a day, in the snow and meeting fantastic folk trying to change the world Worst bit: Giving up coffee this week and having a terrible headache ever since Folk of note: Lesley Morrison, brilliant Tweed Green activist in Peebles + Abbie Marland from Aberlady who’s been really supportive Miles …

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Best bit: Looking around the room at our candidate training session and realising I get to work with these amazing people, hopefully in Parliament too. Worst bit: Still being really sore nearly three weeks after fracturing my arm Folk of note: Claire Gillies from Penicuik Y; Esther Carmen who’s running a climate resilience project in …

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Best bit: Becoming part of the fantastic Dunbar Sings! Worst bit: The compound awfulness of Hawick Cashmere joining Hawick Knitwear in its troubles; and of already flood hit parts of the South being dealt another blow. Folk of note: Gordon from South Lanarkshire Greens who has an astonishingly good singing voice Miles travelled: 447 Things …

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