After deliberation and discussion with my family and colleagues I have decided to seek selection for the SNP Candidacy in the Glasgow East Westminster Constituency. In the last few years I feel I have gained the necessary experience as a councillor, activist and within my role working for an MSP, and that it’s time for me to use this experience to benefit others. Recently I took the decision to stand back from front line politics for a variety of reasons, I have used this time to reflect and now feel like I’m in a place where I’m ready to take on such an important task. As a single mother of two, I have always been an advocate for people, and I strongly believe that having come through the fairly extreme challenges that can face people in public life; I now feel like nothing could phase me when it comes to representing the people who need represented the most. The party will set out the nomination process in due course and I fully support any measures put in place which will best serve the people of Glasgow East. Through all of my experience in political and third sector life, I have always found that there is no greater pleasure than knowing that you’ve had a positive impact on the lives of others.