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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“Don’t think of art and politics as separate parts of your life – you can do both”. These were the simple words of Katharine from The Stove in Dumfries that, in a few seconds, managed to make disparate bits of my life make sense. Our conversation took place at a thoroughly inspiring event – Art_Inbetween …

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Best bit: Helping to launch the national campaign Worst bit: Seeing Hawick and Jedburgh getting flooded *again* Folk of note: Isla Aitken, fabulous North Berwick campaigner, Green and co-founder of Sustaining North Berwick Miles travelled: 259 Things I learned: People are amazingly generous! We smashed our South of Scotland fundraising target by over £300 with …

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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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In East Ayrshire a debate is raging. The Council is proposing to build a new 2500 pupil “super school” on a site which is currently playing fields and a running track and which is susceptible to flooding. Much of the community is opposed on a variety of different grounds. For Greens, this debate feels unsettlingly …

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