Alison Thewliss was a Glasgow SNP councillor before being swept to Westminster on a wave of SNP support in last May’s UK general election – and she admits she’s still finding the Commons a strange place.
Thewliss was elected as the MP for Glasgow Central, supplanting former Scottish deputy leader of the Labour Party, Anas Sarwar. She had been councillor for the east end ward of Calton, which the party retained in a by-election following her move to Westminster.
The young new MP reflects on her first few weeks in the job, and the task faced with relish by her and her colleagues during the new Tory-led Parliament.
This episode also features the first in an occasional series of vignettes from our friend, the celebrated Scottish social historian and broadcaster, Billy Kay. He will be regaling Derek Bateman with tales from Scottish history and particularly looking at the story of the Scottish Diaspora.
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