Why are you involved with the SNP?
The outcome of the Brexit referendum made me realise that nothing in politics or life can be taken for granted. The years that have followed have only reinforced within me why Scotland can’t trust the broken promises of Westminster politicians, and why it needs to pursue a different path.
As an Assistant Director and pharmacist in the NHS, I see on a daily basis how inequalities are at the heart of poor health outcomes. Covid-19 is showing Scotland that a different approach is possible. The leadership shown by the Nicola Sturgeon's SNP government during this global health crisis has been crucial in helping containing spread of the virus whilst balancing the conflicting demands of health, education and jobs.
However, we cannot escape the fact that decisions that affect Scotland are made in Westminster, by governments the people of Scotland do not vote for. Successive Westminster governments of all hues have failed the people of Scotland, and the gap between the have's and have not's in our society continues to widen.
The economic, cultural and social damage that Brexit is wreaking is the last straw, and Scotland needs to set a different course to fix the problems that are holding us back.
My involvement with the Branch
The Convenor role exists to provide leadership for the branch, chair meetings and to support committee and other members in effective running of the branch. I'm always happy to hear from members, and can be contacted through the branch email address, or on social media (my DMs are open).
Politically active since 2016, I have been a regular attender at branch meetings and I joined the committee in 2018. I became Branch Organiser in 2019, putting together the Burns' supper in January 2020, before becoming Convenor in 2020. I campaigned in the 2017 and 2019 UK General Elections, supporting candidates in Edinburgh, Banff and Buchan, North East Fife and Glasgow North. I have also enjoyed getting to know our more active members, attending party conferences, representing the branch at anti-Brexit demonstrations and London Pride marches, and much more. I've found it very easy to get involved, and I would encourage others to do so. It's a rewarding and fun experience, and you don't need any particular experience or skill set to get involved.
Hope to meet you at an event soon!