Welcome to a new feature for ScotlandVotes ahead of May’s election. We’re calling it #16for16. 16 candidates that will be making an impact during the campaign and may be making a bigger impact in the Holyrood chamber after the election.
Our eleventh profile in this series is Kirsten Robb.
What’s your name? Kirsten Robb
Where are you standing? Central Scotland parliamentary region
Which party are you standing for? The Scottish Green Party
How old are you? 41
What is your current job/role? Development Officer, Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership
What have been your previous jobs/roles? Social enterprise development officer, Grants Officer, Sustainable Development Officer, Press officer, Parliamentary assistant.
Why are you standing? Because I want to help make people’s lives better, bring fresh ideas and get more diverse voices into parliament. I want to address the big issues of our time – poverty, inequality, climate change – and bring power back to the people.
Earliest political memory? Marching against Conservative Margaret Thatcher imposed cuts in Scotland and also doing a fun run for Scottish CND after the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded in 1986.
First election you can remember? Helping my dad with leafleting during elections in the 1980s.
Where do you see Scotland in five years? If our parliament can be bold enough to address the challenges of our time I am hopeful for Scotland’s future. I will work to make it a more equal country, a country with long lasting jobs in a low-carbon society where healthy people participate in a lively democracy.
Favourite campaigning anecdote? Getting so engrossed in a conversation about a campaign that we missed the turn off to Glasgow and only noticed when we reached Bannockburn. In our defence, it was a really good conversation…
Tell us something not many people know about you I spent time living in Tanzania, volunteering for a housing charity helping to build their own homes.
Biggest vice/guilty pleasure? Curling up in bed with a glass of wine and a good book.
What do you perceive to be the next big issue in Scottish politics? Everyone talks about giving communities more power. It’s happening in some communities, but with more support and real changes to existing power structures, Scotland will blossom.
Favourite place in the world Ullapool – mountains near there on the west coast of Scotland, where I can enjoy the wilderness and wind.
How do you relax away from politics? Playing with my kids.
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