Friday, 29 July 2011

Independence - Your Choice!

People have questions about Independence for Scotland and this little booklet provides the answers . Thanks to Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East for sending Leith SNP the link. There's more information on the SNP's vision for Independence here .

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

A New Dawn!

It's been a bit quiet on the Leith SNP blog. Otherwise engaged in all that electioneering left precious little time to update the blog! Fantastically successful election for the SNP with five constituencies in Edinburgh now represented by the SNP. While it is tremendous to see Kenny MacAskill returned in Eastern and to see him joined with first past the post victories for Marco Biagi in Central, Colin Keir in Western, Jim Eadie in Southern and Gordon MacDonald in South West it is unfortunate in Northern and Leith we fell just 595 votes short. Our excellent candidate Shirley-Anne Somerville will be a loss from the Scots Parliament and she ran a strong campaign that produced the best ever result for the SNP in Leith. Indeed Labour should be worried as in Leith the SNP beat them comprehensively. It all bodes well for the future.
Leith SNP will have a short break from campaigning then we will be out on the streets again campaigning for that 'Yes' vote in the Independence referendum along with next years Council elections.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Lib Dems Must Come Down Off the Fence on Biomass

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP (Lothians)(SNP) is calling on local Lib Dem politicians to make clear their position on Forth Energy’s proposals for a biomass plant in Leith. Her call comes after the local Lib Dem party distributed a “newspaper” with a front page story on the biomass plant but in which no councillor, MSP or candidate from the party actually expresses any opinion at all. On Saturday it was revealed that the Lib Dem Councillor for Leith Ward, Marjorie Thomas, advocated building the plant a couple of miles away in Seafield.

Ms Somerville lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament before Christmas calling for a moratorium on large electricity-only biomass plants. It received backing from all parties except for the Tories. There was no support from Lothians Lib Dems for the motion.

Ms Somerville said:

“Between the newspaper and Cllr Thomas’s comments I have to question where the Lib Dems stand on this issue. Their newspaper is completely devoid of any opinion – it looks like they’re putting on a show of being involved, but ducking the big question of whether they support the biomass plant or not.

Cllr Thomas seems to suggest building the massive biomass plant at Seafield, which is extraordinary. Yes, there are major problems with the current proposed location for the plant. But there are also fundamental problems relating to size, inefficiency, pollution and many more which cannot be fixed simply by moving it along the road – that just moves the problem. I think we’re entitled to know what Lib Dem politicians are really thinking about this issue”.

SNP Councillor for Leith Rob Munn said "I welcome my fellow ward councillor coming out against the Biomass plan but am astonished at the suggestion that siting it at Seafield would be any more acceptable to the local community than the site proposed. The fact remains that this large scale biomass plant is unsustainable wherever it is sited and not the route Scotland should be taking with new energy generation. It's wrong for Leith and it's wrong for Scotland."

The motion by Shirley-Anne Somerville is here:

Cllr Thomas’s comments can be found within this article:

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Leith SNP Object to Giant Biomass Proposal

Leith SNP today submitted its response to Forth Energy's application to build a giant Biomass Power Station in Leith Docks.
Local SNP Councillor Rob Munn said 'This plan is wrong for Leith and wrong for Scotland. Large scale Biomass is not sustainable and is the wrong way forward. I hope that it will be rejected by Scottish Ministers as it has been rejected by local residents, local politicians and environmental groups'.

Monday, 14 February 2011

SNP Calls For Biomass Proposal to be Scrapped

Leith SNP Councillor Rob Munn has called for Forth Energy's plan for a huge Biomass Energy Plant to be scrapped. Cllr Munn said "I think it's wrong for Leith and wrong for Scotland. I question the need and the sustainability of this proposal. If Scotland, indeed, if the UK cannot supply the wood to fuel large scale biomass then its the wrong way to go."
The latest issue of the Leith Independent is given over to the Biomass issue giving information on how to get more information regarding the plan.
More information can be found at and
The picture above shows an artists impression of the impact of the plant on the historic roofline and view of the Shore in Leith.