Heather Astbury

Heather runs a small business in Edinburgh. She was formerly the editor of the Dunfermline Herald & Post and worked the night shift on the news desk at The Scotsman, before making the move into public relations. She is a single mum with a teenage son and loves reading, eating out, travelling, football, theatre and opera. 

She stood in the 2019 European election and 2019's general election. She is passionate about tackling the growing inequality in our society and addressing the scandal of in-work poverty that is affecting so many people in Edinburgh.  

Why choose to get active in politics now?

“I joined Renew in 2017 because I felt let down by the established political parties and disillusioned by the erosion of values that I hold dear by the actions of our elected officials. Renew is a party of the people for the people. We aren’t career politicians and we have become involved because we genuinely care about our country and the future of the people who live here – all of the people who live here.

"I am committed to fighting the lies, the hypocrisy, the dishonesty and the selfishness that pervades our current political establishment. When I was campaigning for election to the European Parliament the most depressing thing I heard was people saying they wouldn’t vote because there was no point; they wouldn’t be listened to, their vote wouldn’t matter and the politicians would just lie to them anyway. I understand why people feel like that, but if we don’t do something about it our democracy is finished. That is why I will be standing for election as a Lothian regional MSP in May 2021. I want to represent the people of Lothian in an honest, transparent and fair way. I want to help break the cycle of disappointment, disillusionment and despair and replace it with hope; hope for a better future, optimism that we can make a difference and a vision to develop a society that offers a great quality of life for all, regardless of race, nationality, age, gender, socioeconomic status, religious belief or sexual orientation.”

To get in touch with Heather, email her at [email protected] and follow her campaign on Twitter and Facebook.