Today’s tweets: Wildlife, prisoners, babies, liver cancer, Welsh Tories and Feeding Boris

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2 thoughts on “Today’s tweets: Wildlife, prisoners, babies, liver cancer, Welsh Tories and Feeding Boris

  1. Hi John – beeb Scotland weren’t able to keep this bit of really good news off the website – Welcome aboard the Indy Express Baillie Anne McTaggart, former MSP for labour sub-branch and current Glasgow City councillor. Anne, amongst many other credits – has a proud Scottish Parlt history of trying to improve the legal framework to promote the harvesting of organs for transplant (to increase access to these life saving/ life transforming procedures for those who require it). I for one would like to say “good on you Anne” and I look forward to you pursuing multiple further good, progressive policy ideas in the new and better Scotland we’ll build together with Indy. The more the merrier. Link and snippet below:

    A former Scottish Labour MSP has quit the party and joined the SNP.

    Anne McTaggart, who is currently a Glasgow city councillor for Anniesland and Drumchapel, confirmed her switch on Friday.

    It brings the total number of SNP councillors in Glasgow to 38, with Labour reduced to 30.

    Ms McTaggart was a list Labour MSP for the Glasgow region between 2011 and 2016.

    She was first elected as a Labour councillor in a by-election in 2009 and was voted back onto the council in 2017.

    She said: “I really want to be part of something positive. Labour hasn’t done anything positive of note for a long time in Glasgow.

    “Meanwhile, I’ve watched the SNP delivering positive policies, at a national and a city level, which are the right ones for my community.”

    During her time at Holyrood, Ms McTaggart put forward a bill that would have introduced an opt-out for organ donation,


  2. Hi John – remember the song that Indy supporters used to sing ‘Come and Join Us – Come and Join Us’? – Well, it seems that many good people are doing exactly that. Following on from the great news that Baillie Anne McTaggart is backing Indy we now hear that former Provost of Fife Frances Melville has also declared she is supporting SNP candidate Stephen Gethins for the Fife N.E. constituency in the election. Well done that Provost. Link and snippet below: (I’m noticing Provost Frances Melville shares her name with the very famous Scottish Suffragist and I’m wondering if there might be a family connection? – If so – even better news – Great to see Scotland’s radical political traditions coming more to the fore as people wake up to the potentialities offered by an Indy Scotland within Europe.)

    The Liberal Democrats have said they are “disappointed” after one of their former provosts announced her support for an SNP candidate.

    Fife’s first woman provost, Frances Melville, has said she intends to vote for incumbent Stephen Gethins at the general election set to be held on December 12.

    Ms Melville, who had served as a Lib Dem councillor for St Andrews and Strathkinness ward since 1990, revealed she was voting SNP at the next election rather than the party she had represented.

    The Scottish Lib Dems said Ms Melville had not been politically active recently but her decision would be disappointing to those who had campaigned on her behalf.

    Ms Melville said: “I will be voting for Stephen Gethins who, in my opinion, is the best candidate before us.

    “As an MP for the last four years, Stephen has fought tirelessly for North East Fife and has succeeded in bringing others together across the political divide to oppose Brexit and the damage being done by Boris Johnson’s out of control government.

    “At this critical time, we need someone with his experience and approach for the good of everyone here. People need to understand just how important membership of the EU is to North East Fife and Scotland as a whole.”

    Mr Gethins said: “I am very grateful to Frances for her support, she is someone who has worked incredibly hard locally and is well respected across the political spectrum.”


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