West of Scotland Green MSP Ross Greer is celebrating his re-election as part of the largest ever group of Scottish Green MSPs.

Greer, who has represented Renfrewshire since 2016, was returned with almost twenty seven thousand votes. This was an increase of nearly ten thousand on his previous performance. Nationally, the Scottish Greens held all their existing seats and gained two more in the Central and North East regions, for a record-setting group of eight MSPs.

With the SNP having once again fallen just short of a single-party majority, the Scottish Greens are expected to continue holding the influential position allowed them to deliver initiatives such as free bus travel for young people and a universal free school meal programme in primary schools, both of which are due to begin later this year.

Speaking after the results were announced Ross Greer said: “It’s been an honour to represent Renfrewshire over the last five years and I am delighted that our team’s hard work was rewarded with an increased share of the vote last week. I stood on a manifesto proposing a fairer, greener recovery from the pandemic, the creation of one hundred thousand jobs to tackle the climate emergency and in defence of Scotland’s right to choose its own future.

“With the election result once again handing the Scottish Greens considerable influence in Parliament, I am looking forward to delivering on that agenda as quickly as possible.”