I met Michelle at the November meeting of our local SNP Branch. She was one of the first of our surge of new members following the Referendum. She told me that after working flat-out for YES she was devastated at the result. However, she was determined to continue working for independence, so on 19 September she joined the SNP.
Given how much she had done to help the YES campaign, I knew she would be an excellent representative for our country at Westminster. I am really pleased that she has agreed to seek the SNP nomination in Paisley and Renfrewshire North.
She lived in Erskine and Johnston before moving to Kilmacolm where she has stayed for the last 10 years. As a mum, she has essential life experience.
She began work as a journalist, while she developed her knowledge and skill with communication technology. She and her husband then started their own IT company, which won several awards and employed up to 36 people at the Abbey Mill Business Centre in Paisley. This gave her valuable experience in the operation of a small business. She went on to run her own consultancy business, which gave her an understanding of the challenges faced by her many clients, large and small throughout the UK.
She joined Business for Scotland in March 2013 and became leader of the Glasgow group, which organised monthly public meetings throughout the West of Scotland. As a guest speaker she attended more than 30 such meetings in various parts of the country, explaining the case for independence and dealing with questions. She was recently appointed a director of Business for Scotland.
I have no doubt that with her abilities and commitment, and her business background, she will be a great asset to the SNP Shadow Cabinet at Westminster if she is elected as our MP.
Michelle brings a new enthusiasm to the political scene. She believes that by nurturing business and growing the economy Scotland will become a more equal and prosperous country.
I am delighted to support her bid to be our SNP Candidate.
Renfrewshire SNP Councillor for Bishopton, Bridge of Weir and Langbank