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FORMER COUNCILLOR TAKES ON PARTY POLITICS IN SCOTLAND

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The Herald (p6) carries a profile of Bridget McGeechan, a former Labour councillor, who is standing for the Scottis...
The Herald (p6) carries a profile of Bridget McGeechan, a former Labour councillor, who is standing for the Scottish Parliament as an independent against the party machines on a platform or women's rights and action against child poverty.

Ms McGeechan, who served two terms as a Labour member for an Ayrshire ward on the regional council, says she is disillusioned with party politics in general and new Labour in particular.

'I sent back my party card to Tony Blair a year ago and never even received a reply,' she says.

She was unsuccesful getting through Labour's selection process to stand for Holyrood, confirming her belief that for all the talk of a new politics in Scotland, the old party machines still have as strong a grip as ever.
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