This is the first of our monthly updates – a new way for Bo’ness SNP to share what we’ve been doing over the past month.
As this is the first of these, it’s important to share some broader updates too. It goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has effected us all in some way. If you feel you would benefit from assistance from one of your elected SNP representatives, please visit the “representatives” page on this website, which contains contact details for Bo’ness’ MP and MSP, and our local SNP councillor.
Like everyone else, Bo’ness SNP has also had to adapt to the current situation. We now hold our monthly branch meetings over MS teams, as you can see in the photo below. Please contact us if you’d like more information.
Firstly, I’d like to extend a welcome to the new members that have joined since the last membership newsletter – welcome Stephen, Emma-Louise, Thomas, Susan, Lindsay, Jason, Allan, Ian, Jaime, Jonathon, Forbes, Derek, Laura and Ross to the Branch.
Towards the end of October, a selection contest was held to decide who would contest the Falkirk East constituency for the SNP in next May’s Scottish election. Following a fair and rigorous internal election between four immensely strong candidates, Michelle Thomson was chosen by local members. Michelle is the former spokesperson of Business for Scotland, and also a former MP for Edinburgh West. Bo’ness SNP would like to send our congratulations to Michelle, and commiserations to the other candidates. We know next years election will be different, but it’s good to see Michelle and Bo’ness SNP already making headlines!
Over the past few months, we have also managed to consolidate our online presence via the use of our new website. This new site has allowed us to share lengthier articles on our main social media channels, as well as providing a central sharing point for our well established Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. We have also recently created a new YouTube channel, for centrally hosting all of our videos, and a Snapchat account, to ensure we are at the cutting edge of all social media platforms. The website provides all the contact details for the branch, and also for all of the SNP’s elected representatives in the area. We are also working on a timeline feature which will offer insight into the history of the branch and the independence movement in Bo’ness, which will be updated until completion in the new year. For an example of the history work that has been done, please see the below video, from our Youtube channel.
As you can see, there is important groundwork being done just now ahead of next May’s election. Another important part of this, particularly at the current time, is finding new ways to fundraise. It was decided by Falkirk East’s constituency association that a calendar would be sold to raise funds, following a photography competition which took place in October. Like every other branch in Falkirk East, Bo’ness SNP has this month been given an allocation of 25 to sell. These are going fast, so please look at the article on this site if you’d like to find out more information about how to buy one.
That’s it for November – have a Merry (and safe) Christmas, and we will have another update for you at the end of December.