Greens nominate Richard Openshaw

The Scottish Green Party have selected their nominal candidate to stand for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine in the 2015 General Election.

Richard Openshaw currently works for Graham Tiso, the outdoor sporting goods chain which has a shop in Aberdeen.

The Scottish Green party held open nominations following the massive swell in membership numbers which followed the party’s tremendous political performance in the 2014 Independence Referendum.

Despite having relatively few councillors, or other professional politicians in the Scottish system, the Scottish Greens and in particular their leader Patrick Harvie, rose to be one of the key voices for change in politics.

The party asked members, in emails and at a series of selection meetings across Aberdeenshire, to nominate candidates for up to three seats in the area.

Three were chosen, with the party electing not to pursue the Gordon constituency.

A spokesperson for the party said: “We’re excited to announce we will be standing in three constituencies in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire in the General Election.

‘‘This would have been unheard of in previous years and shows just how far we’ve come as a party in recent times.

“This will be a tough campaign but we aim to challenge the main parties continued stance on austerity and speak to voters about key issues, like the living wage, rail nationalisation and changing our industrial focus from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

“Help us get our messages out and let us know if you can contribute to the campaign in any way!”

Richard Openshaw is a native of the Isle of Wight and studied sociology at York university between 1994 and 1997.

He lives in Kemnay with his wife, Sandie, and became a father for the first time in December of last year.

The Scottish Greens are currently seeking Holyrood candidates.