Scottish Parliament Election 2021

I have notified the SNP Rutherglen Constituency Association to confirm that I will be seeking nomination to be re-selected as the SNP’s candidate for the Rutherglen Constituency in next year’s Scottish Parliament elections.

It has been an immense privilege to represent the constituency I grew up in, raised my family in, and still call home – and I hope to secure local support to contest the seat again in 2021.

Since becoming the first SNP MSP for the constituency in 2016, I’ve led the Scotland-wide campaign to seek redress for people allegedly mis-sold energy efficiency products – which affects hundreds of constituents in Blantyre; campaigned against local bank and post office closures; fought for and secured better broadband coverage for areas in Cambuslang; facilitated and found funding for autism-friendly swimming sessions in Rutherglen; campaigned against Job Centre closures, securing the future of Cambuslang Job Centre; helped save a local Jobs Club from closing; supported EU citizens to take steps to ensure Scotland can remain their home after Brexit; and much more.

As well as proudly representing the communities in Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Halfway and Blantyre, I have also been Scotland’s Minister for Mental Health since 2018. Prior to my election, I worked as a mental health nurse for over thirty years, so it is an issue incredibly close to my heart and I’m grateful the First Minister placed her trust in me to take on this vitally important role.

Next year’s election will come at a crucial point for Scotland – with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the devastating consequences of Brexit, and the opportunity to put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.

If selected then elected next year, it would be a privilege to retain the Rutherglen Constituency, build upon what we’ve done so far, and help ensure that Scotland becomes an independent nation at the heart of the EU.

I hope local SNP Members can put their trust in me, back my record, and re-select me as their SNP candidate.