Rona Mackay was elected in May 2016 with a 8,100 majority in Strathkelvin and Bearsden.

Prior to this, she was a journalist in national newspapers for more than 20 years, before becoming Parliamentary Assistant to Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil Paterson, with whom she worked for nine years before becoming elected.

 

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Rona: ‘Hard Brexit plans will inevitably cause a second Scottish independence referendum’

STRATHKELVIN and Bearsden’s MSP expects a second independence referendum if a ‘hard Brexit’ takes place.

Rona Mackay MSP insisted being dragged out of the single market and stripped of freedom of movement around the EU will fuel appetite for independence.

It follows party leader Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement at conference on the weekend that an Independence Referendum Bill would be published next week.

Rona Mackay MSP said: “A second Scottish independence referendum would be inevitable if the Tories pursue a hard Brexit from the European Union. More and more people in East Dunbartonshire are waking up to the idea that Scotland is better off outside the increasingly xenophobic Tory party’s UK.

“Since the EU referendum, the Tories have been a complete shambles. The utter lack of planning for a Brexit situation has been shocking – they hadn’t the initiative to form a plan like we did with the White Paper.

“The 82nd SNP conference was an uplifting event. One of the main highlights for me was addressing conference on a resolution to lift the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. I was thrilled the resolution was passed, as I’m also garnering support for a similar motion in Holyrood.”

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