Welcome to our monthly update for March 2021.
This has been an extremely eventful and successful month for Bo’ness SNP, as our campaign to get Michelle Thomson elected as our MSP gets fully underway.
March 2021 began on a high for the branch as we welcomed almost 30 new members! So to Liam, Karen, David, Alan, William T, Charlene, Lee, Kevin, Margaret, John, Tzar, Ross, Stephen, Elaine, Paul, Derek M, Pamela, Derek L, William M, Janette, Charelle, Robert, Christopher, Lesley Anne, Pamela, Kelly and Laura – thank you and welcome to the branch!
The deadline to register to vote (19th of April) and to apply for a postal vote (6th of April) is fast approaching. You may have seen Bo’ness SNP’s work on this earlier in the year, in articles in the local paper, on our website, and in our series of videos.
We have continued this into March, launching our new register to vote tool on our website, and another series of videos such as the one below designed by longtime SNP member Jack Marshall, with more still to come.
As March progressed, we were glad to see Bo’ness featured in Michelle Thomson’s ’80 days in Falkirk East’ campaign video series, which sets out Michelle’s plans in countdown to polling day. We covered this in a separate article, and this was picked up by the local press.
If you haven’t already, you can view these videos below.
For the first time in a long time, the branch has been able to leaflet by hand. Bo’ness SNP have began doing this in a manner which is COVID safe, taking as much precaution as is possible. We are grateful to the Scottish Government for the very clear guidance on what can and can’t be permitted in campaigning at the present time.
Here is what the leaflet looks like
Another great success was Michelle’s adoption evening, which took place via Zoom on Friday the 26th. This event was a huge success, with around 50 virtual attendee’s, and many Bo’ness SNP members among them. This served as a great morale boost as we enter an unusual campaign. A recording of the event will be available soon.
Between ticket sales for the event, raffle tickets, and auction prizes, over £1,000 was raised for Michelle’s campaign. All of this money stays local to Falkirk East.
If you’d like to donate to Michelle’s campaign, her campaign crowdfunder is still open for donations here.
While the election campaign continues, the day job goes on.
Locally, the SNP administration in Falkirk Council confirmed that they would not charge for Brown bin uplifts, unlike other councils. This is welcome news.
Nationally, the current SNP Scottish Government continued to deliver until Parliament dissolved – announcements such as the 4% pay rise for Scottish NHS workers, or the fact that Scotland’s rail-services would soon come into Scotland’s hands, were welcomed by many.
As the election campaign begins to heat up, we have also heard some announcements of what the SNP will do if re-elected. Modernising education by providing all school pupils with an electronic device – this would be a positive change to help sort the inequities that exist outside of the classroom that COVID has laid bare. Doubling the new Scottish Child Payment. Building 100,00 new homes. Delivering a second independence referendum. These are welcome announcements which electing Michelle Thomson as our local MSP will help deliver.
We are looking forward to next month. Over April, we hope to see substantial lifting of the current lockdown restrictions. We will also see the launch of the SNP’s manifesto, and more leaflets delivered across Bo’ness, as well as beginning to put banners, posters and window stickers on display across the town as we heard towards polling day.
See you next month.