|Gavin Newlands, MP!!|
In the months running up to the election, I had the privilege of being part of the most hardworking team imaginable. People who, through belief in the message of the party and the ability of the candidate, gave every spare minute. We leafleted and canvassed every street in our constituency in every weather imaginable. There were days where by noon I'd walked to the point where i felt i couldn't go any further - and was still at it at midnight. I'd wake up the next morning sore, and do the same again. our campaign officially stopped for me when I left our hub at 5am on Friday, and I still hurt. The entire team experienced this. Folk ask me how I think we got such massive gains. and though I can't fathom the enormity of it myself, that's how.
Literally through blood, sweat and tears. Our message has always been positive - a voice for the people of Scotland, anti-austerity, pro-growth, and aiming for a fairer, better future. But without people to deliver it, we wouldn't have had this success. While other parties had leaflets posted by the poor postman, ours were done by activists.
Our activists were part of a team that became like a family, working on a positive campaign, talking to people of all political persuasions and all walks of life. I love campaigning. I'd walk every step again.
|Erskine Street Stall - tipping rain|
|Renfrew Street Stall Selfie|
|Campaign photo, Banksy style.|
|SNP Women at Scrap Trident Rally|
|After Count Party at our campaign hub. A few of the Women's committee members, including #theLaurens. Feminism ahoy. (photo by John Shaw (I think))|
|The launch of #SNPbeacause (Photo by John Shaw)|
|Dave performed at Anne McLaughlin's adoption night. Also speaking - Nicola Sturgeon. Anne won 'the Safest Seat in Glasgow', with a swing of 43%. It broke the BBC swingometer.|
|Top photo by John Shaw, bottom right by George Adam MSP|
|Centre and bottom left photos by John Shaw.|
For a few more days though, I will quietly celebrate this amazing win. During the yes campaign, a quote by Nelson Mandela was bounced around a lot. "May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears". The people of Scotland have voted with hope, and that is a thing to be celebrated - for a long time, our votes have not counted. At least this time, they have been used to send a party forward to challenge the status quo.