About RISE

RISE: Scotland’s Left Alliance is a new force in Scottish politics.

Jean Urquhart is standing on the regional list in the Highlands and Islands, and has worked with RISE to develop a Highlands and Islands manifesto, putting local issues front and centre.

RISE will:

  • Build local council housing in established communities, using local builders.
  • Devolve power for local decision making.
  • A £10/hr Minimum Wage, to lift workers out of poverty.
  • Establish the Highlands & Islands as a renewable energy hub, creating sustainable, long term, green jobs.
  • Introduce a Land Value Tax and increase the availability of land for house building, food production and appropriate development.



Born from the Independence referendum it brings together an alliance of socialists, campaigners, trade unionists, community activists, cultural figures and academics to promote Respect, Independence, Socialism and Environmentalism.

RISE was founded at our launch event on August 29th 2015. Our name reflects our political outlook and organisational make-up.

  • Respect: We stand for a society where we end racism, sexism, discrimination on the grounds of sexuality and where people of all backgrounds, colours and creeds are treated with respect and dignity.
  • Independence: We stand for Independence for Scotland. But our Independence is based on ending neoliberalism, austerity and the membership of NATO. We are for ending the monarchy and putting people in charge.
  • Socialism: We are for a social alternative to capitalism where people run the affairs of our society democratically and where the vast resources of society are utilised in common, rather than for the super-rich.
  • Environmentalism: We believe that environmentalism must be central to social change. Our world is being destroyed by the ruthless pursuit of profit over everything else. Sustainable ecology – where we maximise.

We have local RISE Circles across Scotland, as well as Youth, LGBTI+, Trade Union and Women’s Networks. Our candidates will take a workers wage if elected, and our organisation is rooted in the movement and in our communities.

Join today and help us put one foot in the parliament, and a thousand on the streets.