Meet the SSP election candidates

Colin Fox, Edinburgh South

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Pic: Craig Maclean

Colin Fox is the Scottish Socialist Party’s candidate in Edinburgh South for the General Election in May. Colin is the SSP’s national co-spokesperson and lives in The Inch with his wife and two teenage children. He is a “well kent face” in the constituency having served as an SSP MSP between 2003 and 2007. No one has credentials to match Colin Fox for standing up for working people in Edinburgh South.

Liam Mclaughlan, Glasgow East

Pic: Craig Maclean

Liam is an 18 year old history and politics student who also works part-time as a sales assistant. Born and brought up in the East End for all of his 18 years, he lives in a rented housing association flat with his mum who has brought him up as a single parent. Liam became active in politics at the age of 16 after researching a solo talk on Scottish independence for his standard grade English class. He has appeared in the BBC Question Time audience twice, and joined the SSP in late 2013. Liam was co-founder of the Glasgow North and East branch of the Radical Independence Campaign and the RIC School Students Network. He has a deep knowledge of Glasgow’s East End and a passionate commitment to making it a better place to live in for all.

Sandra Webster, Paisley & Renfrewshire South

“I am standing in the Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency. I am the only local person standing in the constituency and am a true neighbour. Not the type who pops round every four year and expects to get elected now. I believer our policies can deliver so much to my community and am proud to be able to share them. This campaign will be community led and we will be targeting voters who have not voted before. We offer an alternative to the continuing austerity which a vote for the major parties will mean. I have such a strong, hardy team behind me who I can’t thank enough for their time, patience and effort. We will remind people that we are here and build on the vote for the 2016 and 2017 elections. This is my first time standing as a candidate and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead. We will learn lots and come out on the other side with a smile on our face if a bit exhausted. Hope to see you on the campaign trail.”

Bill Bonnar, Glasgow South West

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Pic: Craig Maclean

Bill Bonnar has been active in the socialist movement in Scotland, London and North Africa since the early 1970s. A founder member of the Scottish Socialist Party, he is currently its co-chairperson. Since leaving university, Bill has worked in the field of Community Development and Economic Regeneration. This includes two years as a Community Worker in South Lanarkshire, nine years as Development Officer for two community-based projects in Drumchapel, nine years as Regeneration Officer with housing associations in Cambuslang, Govan and Castlemilk and five years as Social Enterprise Advisor with Glasgow Regeneration Agency. He has a strong connection with the Glasgow South West constituency; particularly with the Greater Govan area. As stated earlier, he worked for nearly two years for Govan Housing Association and when Glasgow Regeneration Agency became Jobs & Business Glasgow, he worked for two years in their Govan office. He is married with two daughters.

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