Dick Emery: Be assured of one thing
I will never cease with the obscure 70s TV references
Quite a number of times during the indyref people would say things to me like "That'll be you standing for MP next" and the like and I would do that Dick Emery thing of pushing them away and saying "Ooh you are awful, but I like you" and thinking they were having a laugh.
But it kept on happening. And then it happened more seriously after the referendum, when folk weren't just saying it with a cheeky grin but with a "No, really"-face. Christian Allard MSP even said it in a speech in Holyrood to really make me jump. It took me a while to get why he said my name in conjunction with "green benches" and this was not just me mishearing his wonderfully strong and ace French accent. What have you started, Christian?
I couldn't kid myself on that folk were just being nice anymore, or indeed kidding me on. I had to start thinking about why folk were saying it to me. It seems that everyone else had the idea before I did.
So I went for vetting at the SNP Women's Conference along with 11 other INCREDIBLE women from all over Scotland who I would vote for myself if I could. I passed, even though I said in the interview "You know how Billy Connolly said that wanting to be a politician is the one thing that should barr you from being one. Well, I'm the nearest you'll get to that".
It wasn't until I got the email from SNP HQ that I realised that I was up for it. I saw it tiny on my phone and honed in on the phrase "I'm sorry". The sender was apologising for a later response than he intended, but my head thought he was about to say I hadn't passed. It was then that I realised how gutted I would have been in that case. That's when I decided I was doing it.
So now I'm up for selection as a SNP candidate in the Aberdeen City Seats. I couldn't decide which to go for as I campaigned with my Indy Quines across the city. It was too Sophie's Choice for me. I have connections to both and the simple thing is I was asked repeatedly to stand in both particularly by fellow campaigners. I have decided to let SNP members in both constituencies decide which, if any, they'd like me to fight for them.
So I've gone and done it. I've now managed to get nominated for both Aberdeen South and Aberdeen North. South is currently held by Anne Begg MP (Lab) who I debated with a lot during indyref. Aberdeen North is held by Frank Doran MP (you may know him as sexist fisheries comment man?) who is standing down. I am up for selection with a group of individuals who you would not believe how good they are. I couldn't choose (as you can see I have a problem with choosing). SNP is in fine fettle in this city. I'm pretty sure whoever the members choose, SNP have got a very good chance of gaining those seats.
I came home last night after receiving my nomination to be told that I am one of FOUR executive members of Women for Independence standing for SNP across the country. There may be more standing for other parties. This makes me feel so proud of us Indy Quines. Indy heroines Philippa Whitford, Natalie McGarry and Kate Higgins are all up for SNP selection in their constituencies. Wow. Wow. Wow. I actually felt like greetin' when I heard this.
Selection of candidates ends on 31st January. Then I'll know if I'm the one standing or one of the many campaigning their butts off for the one standing. Happy to be either.
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