Moving the Vote: transport conversations with the parties
The Scottish Parliamentary elections in May will prove crucial for the future of sustainable transport in Scotland. In advance of May’s Scottish Parliament elections, we engaged with the main political parties and their transport policies. This was in order to raise awareness among the parties about what policies are required to meaningfully tackle climate change, improve health and tackle transport inequalities. Ultimately, aiming to provide a clearer picture for our membership and wider audience as to where each party stands on these vital issues. We did this by holding a series of online events with representatives from each of the main parties and by publishing an analysis of transport policies in each party’s manifesto.
The ‘Moving the Vote’ report sets out our analysis of transport in the manifestos of the five main political parties standing in the 6 May Scottish Parliament elections. Transport is the largest source of climate emissions in Scotland, and Transform’s analysis looks at the credibility of the parties’ manifestos in tackling the Climate Emergency. Our overall conclusion is that while all parties say climate is a priority, few set out a credible platform to tackle the largest source of emissions. The report is available here. We consider it a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to get a better gauge of each parties commitments to sustainable transport.
‘Moving the Vote’ series
Scottish Conservatives — Monday 15 February
We were delighted to welcome Graham Simpson MSP from the Scottish Conservatives to the first event in our ‘Moving the Vote: transport conversations with the parties’ series. Graham outlined the Scottish Conservative’s vision for transport in Scotland. The event took place on Monday 15 February between 13:00-14:00. A recording of the event can be found here.
Graham has been an MSP for Central Scotland since 2016 and is the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.
Scottish Liberal Democrats — Thursday 11 March
We were delighted to welcome Carole Ford from the Scottish Liberal Democrats to our second ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the Parties’ event on Thursday 11 March. The event recording can be found here.
Carole Ford is the Liberal Democrats’ Spokesperson for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity and is standing as a candidate in Glasgow in the May elections.
Sarah Boyack MSP from the Scottish Labour Party joined us for our third ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the Parties’ event. The event took place on Friday 26 March. The recording of the event can be found here.
Sarah Boyack MSP represents the Lothian region and is the Labour Party’s Spokesperson on Local Government and sits on the Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Cycling, Walking and Buses and the Group on Rail.
Scottish Green Party — Friday 9 April
We were excited to welcome Mark Ruskell MSP from the Scottish Green Party to our fourth ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the Parties’ event. The event took place on Friday 9 April between 13:00-14:00. The recording of the event can be found here.
Mark Ruskell MSP represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region and is the Scottish Green Party’s Spokesperson on Climate Change, Rural Economy, and the Environment.
Michael Matheson MSP from the Scottish National Party joined us for our fifth and final ‘Moving the Vote’ event. This took place on Friday 23 April between 13:00-14:00 and was open to the public. A summary of the event can be found here, and a recording of the event can be found here.
Michael Matheson MSP is the current Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.