WHY I'M STANDING
Our Country stands poised on the threshold of a decade more divided within itself, more uncertain of the future than perhaps any other period in our history. We need to win power for the many whilst keeping true to our radical values.
As Head of Local Government for UNISON Scotland, representing 80,000 workers, I know the reality of fighting for those principles on the frontline. My track record is one of delivery – last year I led negotiations that resulted in the best local government pay settlement in a decade and during the Covid pandemic I’ve been at the forefront of calls for better equipment to protect staff and investment to secure jobs.
I’ve campaigned here in every election, under every leader, since I joined the Party 24 years ago. Coming from a working-class family in Saltcoats, whose grandad was a Killoch pit miner and Polish migrant, Labour’s values are my values and I’ve been fighting for them all my life.
I’m a hardworking accountable representative on Labour’s NEC and SEC.
I’m proud to Chair Cunninghame North CLP where I've fostered a culture that welcomes everyone. I've always spoken up for those I represent and never shied away from speaking truth to power.
I want to bring that commitment and passion to the Scottish Parliament. I’ll be relentless in fighting for the jobs and inward investment our communities need. I’ll hold the SNP to account locally and nationally and will work with everyone in our party to put Labour in power.