Ex-president Ruth standing for the Greens

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A FORMER Edinburgh University student leader is to stand as a Green parliamentary candidate next year.

Ruth Cameron, who was president of the university's student association last year, will be third on the party's Lothians region list, behind sitting MSPs Robin Harper and Mark Ballard.

Ms Cameron, 23, has devoted a lot of her time to a campaign for cheaper bus fares for mature students in the Capital, and generated headlines with her attack on would-be university rector Boris Johnson over his position on top-up fees.

The contest was eventually won by Mr Ballard.

Ms Cameron said today: "I'm delighted to be standing for the Greens in the Lothians region.

"With issues such as congestion charging proving that no other party matches the Greens on commitment to social justice and the environment, I'm confident support for us will consolidate and grow."

The Green's election campaign spokesman, Mark Ruskell MSP, said: "If people want to cast a serious vote for change, for social justice for the most vulnerable in our communities, for proper government support to students, for a healthy sustainable economy, then they need look no further than the Scottish Green Party."