Two SNP candidates tell Bateman Broadcasting listeners what’s it like to be fighting Westminster seats at a time when the polls proclaim that the party is on the verge of a historic breakthrough.
The only poll that matters is the vote on May 7 of course. And every election candidate reminds themselves of that every day as they work on the election stump.
Today Derek Bateman speaks to John Nicolson, former TV reporter and presenter, about the task he faces in a three-way split constituency, East Dunbartonshire, where he stands against Liberal Democrat Jo Swinson.
John, who worked for BBC’s Newsnight and presented Breakfast News for the BBC during the 1980s and 1990s, talks about his career and his more recent “job”, assisting SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon MSP.
Here John reflects on his career in TV journalism, his long-standing fascination with politics, and his decision to stand for a Westminster seat this Sprong.
First we hear from Kirsten Oswald, who has a special task in this election. Having joined the SNP only last June, Kirsten is taking the fight to Labour leader Jim Murphy, flying the flag in one of Scotland’s safest seats, East Renfrewshire.
Together they make a formidable pair of candidates, whose mettle will be tested to the hilt during the exhilarating weeks ahead.
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