Welcome to our monthly update for January 2021. We hope that you are optimistic about the coming year.
As mentioned in our previous post, it goes without saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has effected us all. 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.
Firstly, we’d like to thank our two new members this month for joining us – Meghan and Michelle. We always appreciate new members, and we like to regularly keep in touch via email.
This month, there has been a lot of behind the scenes build up for the election campaign in May – the first of which I will mention at the end of this article.
Our initial activity this month was the launch of the History page on our new website. This page was very popular with local History groups in Bo’ness – with over 150 locals viewing the page from Facebook in one day. Our website has attracted over 500 individual visitors since the new year – the most we’ve had in one month so far. Our site now has a regular daily viewership.
We are grateful to have gotten coverage in the local paper, and an excellent spread in ‘The National’ newspaper for this timeline, pictured below.
As well as this local and national newspaper coverage, our work was picked up on by high-profile SNP politicians such as Alyn Smith MP, and our excellent candidate for the Scottish Parliament election, Michelle Thomson.
Breaking in the year with this popular story has set us in good stead for what will be a very digital election campaign.
As part of this campaign, we will soon be launching a campaign to motivate SNP supporters in Bo’ness to register for a postal vote.
We are living in extremely uncertain times – our situation is changing regularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we do know that the Scottish Parliament election will be held on May the 6th.
We are asking our supporters to register for a postal vote to ensure you don’t miss your once-every-five-years chance to make your voice heard. If you register for a postal vote, you will receive your ballot around two weeks before polling day, and you can then fill it in as you like. If you are not able to post it back in time, you are able to hand it in to your local polling station on polling day. This is simply the securest way to vote.
Beyond this, registering for a postal vote and asking your friends to register for a postal vote (particularly those who are SNP/YES voters but don’t always vote!) is one of the best ways you can build momentum for strong SNP/YES turnouts in future elections. This is because you can opt to receive a postal ballot in future elections too.
You’ll be hearing more from us over the coming month about registering for a postal vote, which you can do by clicking this link.
In the meantime, we’ll leave you with a short video message from our candidate at this election, Michelle Thomson, on the importance of registering for a postal vote, and how to do so. The video is followed by quotes from Bo’ness SNP members about the importance of postal voting.