Erin Slavern

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Erin Slavern

Erin is a 21 year old politics student from Glasgow.

Erin has been engaged in feminist politics for a number of years through participation with Rape Crisis’ young activists group “STAMP” which aims to tackle gender stereotypes.

She volunteers as a support worker for survivors of sexual abuse, and was shortlisted for a Write to End Violence Against Women Award for ‘Best Blog’ from Zero Tolerance Scotland.

Erin has her own blog where she covers issues ranging from politics to football. With these two interests in mind, she has written for a variety of sources including the Scottish Socialist Voice, Period Poverty Scotland and 90 Minute Cynic.

Erin has also commenced an ongoing campaign to make sanitary products free at Celtic Park, in the hope that other teams will follow suit. She hopes to cover the politics of menstruation for her honours dissertation later this year.

Follow Erin on Twitter, or read her blog

Nelly Neal

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Nelly Neal
Nelly has been a teacher for over twenty years, working in a variety of settings across Primary, Secondary and Higher Education. She is passionate about education for all, with a specific interest in SEN.
Hailing from Liverpool, in the shadow of Aintree Racecourse, she is proud of her socialist roots. One of her favourite memories consists of her Nan, wearing Spitting Image slippers of Margaret Thatcher and Neil Kinnock, staging a mock fight between the two to entertain her gang of grandchildren (Thatcher always came off worst). Socialism is in her blood and she is proud to have passed on the lefty, ranty genes to her two children.
You can follow Nelly on twitter

Laura Lundahl

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Laura Lundahl

Laura Lundahl holds an American passport, but her heart belongs with the UK and Europe. She has a master’s degree from King’s College London in European politics, and hopes to return to the country she loves once the Tories and their immigration policies have gone.

The stereotypical youth voter in 2008, Laura nearly had to drop out of university because she was so involved with the Obama campaign. She has since managed campaigns against the immoral American healthcare system, as well as against the Capitalist greed that forces American university students to take on impossible amounts of debt. Most recently, she has focused her energy on immigrant rights on both sides of the Atlantic following several very personal experiences with the consequences of strict immigration policies.

Laura also believes in the importance of travel, having been to all fifty American states and nearly forty countries before the age of 30. She has also lived in four states, and four countries, and speaks three languages (one of which is a West African language). Her favorite place she has lived is London, as the diversity of that city allows a person to travel the world without leaving their street. Though rural Alaska is a close second – the mountains are stunning.

In her downtime, Laura is always on the lookout for a pub quiz or a new hiking spot, and she’d like to say a good read from her local library but as the Millennial she is, the phone screen tends to be too much of a distraction. Her guilty pleasures are “The Bachelor” and Taco Bell, or when she is in the UK, “First Dates” and Greggs.

You can follow Laura on Twitter

And on Instagram

I’d give you her Snapchat as well, but it’s just dozens of pictures a day of her cat in various (but equally adorable) sleeping positions, so…

Mhairi Hunter

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Mhairi Hunter

Mhairi has been a councillor in Glasgow since 2012, representing Southside Central Ward which comprises Queen’s Park,  Crosshill, Govanhill, Laurieston, Gorbals and Oatlands.

A self-confessed SNP hack, she worked in SNP HQ between 1997-2007 before working as Nicola Surgeon’s constituency manager until 2016. In 2017 the SNP were elected to run Glasgow City Council and Mhairi was apply he’d City Convener for Health and Social Integration.

 

She is the organiser for Glasgow Southside SNP and was a local YES co-ordinator during the referendum.

 

Born and brought up in London, Mhairi first political involvement was joining the Anti-Nazi League when she was 13. Opposing Nazis remains a firm priority.

 

Mhairi is a carer for her elderly father, and also for her increasingly elderly dog, Charlie. She has very little spare time and what time she has she likes to waste on Twitter or binge-watching Netflix instead of doing housework or other useful activities.

 

You can follow Mhairi on twitter

Prick Knobinson, Royal Correspondant

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                          Prick Knobinson
Philip Richard (P. Ric., or “Prick”) Knobinson-Canute is a journalist best known for his weekly column, “Last Orders,” in the high end magazine, “Fox and Turf,” and also notorious for a feckless and chaotic career and life of alcohol abuse.

He became associated with the louche and bohemian atmosphere that existed in London’s Soho district, Glasgow’s Merchant City, and Milton Keynes, “Cock and Bull Bar,” the hang out for the new city’s literati, in the early seventies.

Early Life to Present:

Knobinson’s father, Lord Freire Knobinson-Canute was the hereditary Lord traditionally tasked to clear animal excrement from path the Monarch of the United Kingdom if they had to walk on public paths. This role was made largely symbolic in the late 20th century , though was more recently reinstated for Prince Philip’s 1998 visit to Liverpool. This reinstatement of the role (taken up by P. Ric’s older brother Arthur), led to the resignation of the Prince’s advisor for insensitivity after riots and Liverpool temporarily leaving the Commonwealth. This led to the famous Tony Blair brokered Liverpool Peace Deal on Ash Wednesday that year.

Knobinson’s mother was the Opera Singer, Dame Ethel Appleby, who famously said about the Beatles in the early sixties, “They are common Cockroaches for plebs.” Appleby left her husband in the late sixties, and joined the famous Andy Warhol led Operatic Society, “Quod Fabrication,” had an affair with Lou Reed, the singer with The Velvet Underground, and was found dead in Hotel Chelsea, New York, lobby after a session of snorting cognac with William Burroughs.

Knobinson attended Abbotts Chalmsley school for Boys in Chelmsford, for two and a half weeks, but the Principal ordered him onto a train back to London as he was, “Quite simply, uneducatable.” His mother home tutored him until he attended Cambridge, majoring in the Literature of Henry Miller, Anais Nin and William Wordsworth.

When he left University, he was given a job on The Times, through a contact of his Father’s. He reported mainly on Debutante events and Public School sporting events for around a year before, as he put it in one of his later columns for “Fox and Turf;”

“I discovered jazz, women, gin, hashish, vodka, wine, my penis and that my father had a huge stash of bonds lying around his study he didn’t even know were fucking there.”

He asked his editor if he could change the nature of his column to one of reporting on his Soho adventures. This was granted after money changed hands, according to his ex wife, the classic knitter, Estelle Lauder (an allegation he has always denied). Part of the alleged deal was that he use his Royal contacts to report on Royal events.

After his infamous interview with the estranged wife of Prince Charles, Diana Princess of Wales in which he caused her to cry and then slap him after he asked her why she “hated Britain,” he was sacked.

This led to him being hospitalised after what he described as,
“Six months of living in clubs, pubs and sleeping in the bedrooms, cars and wardrobes of rich and famous celebrity wives.”
Knobinson joined Alcoholics Anonymous, and then successfully sued them for a reportedly £1m for refusing him entrance to their groups after some of the meetings he was involved with transformed into riots.

Knobinson by chance, met Prince Philip, an old family friend, in a drinks reception at a polo match in Argentina (“I have no fucking recollection of how I managed to be in South America,” he wrote in 1992) who arranged a column in The Guadrion, which along with his “”Fox and Turf” columns formed the basis of a west end play based on his life, starring the TV actor Don Estelle in the leading role.

His new found fame earned him a late night TV chat show, “Jazz with Prick,” in which he interviewed famous jazz, pop, rock and blues artists over the course of a six hour drinking session. After three episodes, one in which he and the pop star Peter Andre drank seven bottles of champagne and a bottle of brandy, then drove a golf cart through a Tescos window to, “give access to the homeless” the TV company, “Shit-stir Productions,” went into liquidation.

Knobinson made a return to writing columns about the seedier side of life in the late nineties Lads Magazine, “Gonads,” while reporting on Royalty for Steve Wright in the Afternoon for Radio 2, then in 2008, The Sunday World.

He was absolved after accusations of phone tapping for the News of the World, when it was found that everything he wrote about Jeremy Clarkson, Prince Andrew and the Irish girl group B*witched was verifiable and in actual fact, had been videoed.

Knobinson has recently been employed by online magazine, Ungagged.

Laura Martin

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Laura Martin

Current PhD Candidate at the University of Strathclyde, specialising in data protection, privacy and workplace surveillance. My research focuses on whether the modern worker can be adequately protected from surveillance by data protection, privacy and the implied term of trust and confidence. I also lecture and tutor on various internet law, information technology law, and intellectual property courses at Strathclyde.

You can follow Laura on twitter

Jason Travis

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Jason Travis is the father of three wonderful children and lives in Manchester but has also lived in Southampton, Oxford, Newport, Southampton Wales and Ethiopia.

A teacher who has also been a teacher trainer and a head teacher, Jason is also well travelled in Africa and Asia and has been actively involved in union campaigns, anti racism and various political projects.

Jason occasionally also finds time to go for walks or cycle rides in the countryside around Manchester or on the canal paths and disused railway lines of the city landscape and has run several times in 10k races and once in the London marathon where he beat the defending champion…

(not as impressive as it sounds as he withdrew meaning finishing even if in over five hours counts or so Jason likes to claim).

When he has some downtime, not east fitting gull time work around parenting three children and fairly obsessive political argumentations online, Jason likes to watch films, read literature and cook (though this can translate into being slumped out on the sofa waking up at 3 am wondering what actually happened in that film he fell asleep to).

A politically minded, rebellious, socialist (with severe anarchist leanings), anti-austerity, republican, and mystic, Jason is a popular science enthusiast, lover of mathematics and philosophy and self-confessed geek. He can spend hours talking about the meaning of life, whilst perusing second hand bookshops punctuated with cafe stops but all too often these days is dragged off by his children’s chants of, “This is boring!” to visits to parks or children’s play areas.

Jason likes a good debate and a good night out. Once he takes on a cause, he will fight with all his might.

David McClemont

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               David McClemont

David was born in Rutherglen Maternity Hospital in Glasgow in 1982 and spent most of his life in Cambuslang.  He never left Glasgow but in 1995 Glasgow left him when local authority reorganisation rezoned Rutherglen & Cambuslang into the newly created South Lanarkshire.

David has always been political, one of his earliest political memories is being woken up by his Nana the morning after the 1987 UK General Election and being heartbroken to hear Labour had lost.  At Primary School when he received homework that required him to use the word “witch” in a sentence he wrote “Maggie Thatcher is a witch”.  Such was the political atmosphere of the time instead of receiving a reprimand from his teacher he received a gold star.

At 18, David joined the Scottish Socialist Party eventually becoming Secretary of the Rutherglen, Cambuslang & Blantyre branch. In 2009 he travelled on a SSP delegation to Cuba as guests of the Cuban Communist Party.  He have also been actively involved with the pro Independence movement having been involved with both “Yes Rutherglen” and a founding member of “Yes Blantyre”.  In 2015 he resigned from the SSP in protest at their affiliation with RISE.  His intention to step back from politics lasted a year when he joined the Scottish Green Party in the wake of the UK’s vote on Brexit.  David is currently CoConvenor of the South Lanarkshire Greens.

After studying Immunology & Microbiology at Strathclyde University he changed career direction and has spent most of his career working in Social Care.  From 2008-2014 David worked with Turning Point Scotland, with individuals with a history of homelessness and addiction and still retain an interest in these issues.  David also has an interest in Carer issues, being a carer for his mother in 2013 after the death of my stepfather in the Clutha Disaster.  David currently lives in Blantyre, South Lanarkshire with his mother, Margaret, his wife Caroline and their two daughters Molly & Megan.

Some of David’s other interests in no particular order are, Celtic Football Club, Lamb Tikka, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pro Wrestling, Game of Thrones, vodka, The Roman Empire, The Rocky Horror Show and stand-up comedy

Veronika Tudhope

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Veronika Tudhope 

If Veronika were younger she’d be a New Scot. She was born in Vienna, but her Austrian parents soon moved her to Scotland ‘for a year’ …and never went home. That was back in the 60s.

Veronika trained as an archaeologist and a teacher but became a campaigner. She has been active for peace, social and environmental justice, for her entire adult life.  Her activism takes the form of big activities – like organising demos and small personal ones like picking up two pieces of rubbish whenever she goes to beach.

Veronika has formed a political party as a campaigning tool, She also stood for parliament herself on several occasions (both parliaments, actually, Westminster and Holyrood) for the Scottish Green party.  She volunteered and later did paid work in breastfeeding promotion, including writng and delivering a programme for teaching 3-18 year olds about breastfeeding. She has volunteered on all levels and recently worked of the Scottish Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (SCND). She volunteers for the Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Veronika loves knitting, but not knitting patterns, and the sea.

You can follow her on Twitter @ Tartan Pacifist or see the beach on facebook on Today’s Sea,  but it’s time better spent following  Scottish CND or @Scottish cnd.

Marisa (Rissa) Snider

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Marisa Snider

Marisa (Rissa) Snider is a Hunkpapa | Sicangu & Oglala Lakota Computer Scientist who lives on both the Rosebud and Pine Ridge Indian Reservations.

She advocates for Youth Organizing, Native Women Who Code, and Native Technologists.

She is currently in the process of creating language software for the Lakota Immersion Childcare and getting computational education into elementary schools on the reservation.