Why are you involved with the SNP?
Hi I’m James, I am the current London Branch Equalities Officer. I joined the SNP at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and post the UK’s new trade agreement with the EU. Living in England and not being able to vote for the SNP locally or having immediate family links to Scotland, means many might be surprised by my involvement with the SNP. But I think it’s a natural home for me, as between 1999-2009 I lived in Cornwall and am a keen supporter of the the Cornish national party Meybyon Kernow. I have wanted to see a change in the UK’s system of governance for a number of years. Due to personal circumstances I wasn’t always aware of my Scottish heritage, but this changed in 2013 and I’ve been a passionate supporter of the SNP and of independence since 2014. Brexit and COVID-19 were my primary reasons for joining as a member,
As a Master’s graduate in politics and international relations I’m fully aware of how the EU works and why leaving it was such a bad idea. Secondly, better together made a number of promises to Scotland in 2014 which haven’t been honoured during the Brexit negotiations period. Finally, I was just impressed with how Nicola Sturgeon is representing Scotland at her daily briefings. These became a comfort to me in such a scary and challenging time.
As the Branch Equalities officer my primary objective is to support the Branch and other committee members in campaigning for Scottish independence. But more specifically my responsibility is concerned with raising awareness of equalities issues, whilst providing a safe place for minority groups, such as members of the LGBTQ community, ethnic minorities, and the differently abled to discuss various issues around equalities and, at the same time actively boosting support for independence within marginalized groups.
My involvement with the Branch
Whilst I joined the SNP in 2020 it was in February 2021 that I linked up with the London Branch. So my involvement, remains pretty limited at this stage. I have been involved in the majority of our online zoom meetings and hangouts we’ve held during lockdown.
I also supported the campaign for the 2021 Holyrood elections. I was a member of the team, supporting the work of other branches in Scotland by completing marked registers. I also took part in the get out the vote campaign.
Currently I’m working on setting up a meet and greet zoom event and finding more effective ways in communicating with protected groups. Come and say hello and share your ideas with me both online and in person.