The first ever Green Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) has given Scottish Labour an advantage prior to the election by affiliating with Anas Sarwar’s party.

Robin Harper, a pioneering individual in the Scottish Greens for decades who once hailed from Glasgow (, is ardently urging voters to support Labour in a bid to eliminate the Conservatives from power.

An MSP between 1999 and 2011, Harper was the first Green representative in UK Parliament. Due to conflicts over independence and trans rights, he departed from his previous party.

Labor’s Ian Murray, who is a potential Cabinet Minister in a hypothetical Keir Starmer Government, has obtained Harper’s endorsement for the Edinburgh South seat.

In a letter addressed to local voters, Harper elucidated: “I’m revealing my affiliation with the Scottish Labour Party and my support for Ian Murray in the upcoming General Election on July 4th.”

“I strongly desire to be rid of the current Conservative government, which has plunged our economy into chaos, devalued our political environment and failed to tackle climate change,” he expressed.

Harper also expressed his support for Labour’s plan for GB Energy, a venture focused on delivering clean energy by 2030.

In his concluding remarks, he drew attention to the upcoming election as a turning point to rid the country of the Tories and their track record of chaos, failure and inaction over the course of their 14-year rule. Only Labour, he contends, can achieve this on a UK-wide scale and only Labour has a comprehensive plan to counter environmental degradation.

In response, Murray stated, “Robin is one of the most respected parliamentarians of the devolution era. His decision to join the Scottish Labour Party demonstrates that we are the only party with a clear plan to maximise Scotland’s green potential – thereby creating thousands of clean energy jobs and permanently reducing energy bills, with GB Energy funded by a windfall tax on oil and gas behemoths.”

Meanwhile, a clash between SNP and Labour over the future of North Sea oil and gas ensues. The SNP argues that Labour’s resistance to new oil and gas licenses will result in the loss of 100,000 jobs. This claim is robustly contested by Sarwar. Labour has also sharply criticised the SNP for opposing a steeper windfall tax on the profits of energy giants.

Interestingly, Harper’s decision coincides with escalating tensions between the SNP and Labour about the future of North Sea oil and gas. Sarwar vehemently rejects SNP’s claim that Labour’s opposition to new oil and gas licenses will lead to the loss of 100,000 jobs. Labour, on the other hand, has roundly criticised SNP for opposing an increased windfall tax for big energy businesses.

Harper’s bold choice hails a new era, particularly for the political landscape of Glasgow ( It will indeed be interesting to see how the dynamics shift and what impact this will have on the upcoming elections.