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Bo’ness SNP monthly update – January 2021

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.

You can read the Bo’ness Journals story, and The National newspapers story in full by clicking the respective hyperlinks.

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.

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Bo’ness SNP monthly update – December 2020

As this is our second monthly update, and the final one for 2020, we would like to offer our reflections on the activities of the Bo’ness SNP over the past month, and over the year as a whole. 

But before we begin, we would also like to welcome our new member this month, Marcela. Bo’ness SNP is very proud to currently have 205 members.

As mentioned in our previous post, 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. 

Over the past month, Bo’ness SNP has continued to contribute to the campaign for Michelle Thomson to become Falkirk East’s MSP next year. We’ve continued to build up Michelle’s profile, as we know how important social media and other forms of publicity are going to be in this election. We will be hearing and sharing more from Michelle and her predecessor Angus in the months to come. 

Similarly, Falkirk East Constituency Association’s calendar fundraiser was a huge success, and sets Michelle’s campaign in good stead for the year ahead. It is understood that Falkirk East CA will make another calendar next year. Bo’ness SNP will once again be playing a large part in this. 

In terms of looking at the year as a whole, last months update already does a great deal of explaining what Bo’ness SNP has been doing during this extremely challenging year.

I would like to share a further update on the success of our website :

Bo’ness SNP’s website has had:

1,359

Views

400

Individual Visitors

The website continues to grow in functionality – our new “History” section will be completed in the new year, as will better options for donations, and the SNP’s new system for registering support will be made available through this website when it launches in February.

It goes without saying that this year has been challenging. So let’s leave it on a message of hope.

Over 2020 Scottish Independence has become, for the first time, the preferred option of a majority of Scots. There has now been 17 consecutive opinion polls which show this reality.

Independence is ours for the taking – but first we need a referendum.

Bo’ness SNP is committed to supporting SNP candidates who will support Scotlands’ right to choose its own future.

Regardless of whether a person is for or against independence, it is the right of the people who live in Scotland to make that decision.

So let’s make that happen.

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Bo’ness SNP monthly update – November 2020

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.