At the time of filming Gail Ross was a Councillor in Wick. She is now an MSP representing Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
My name is Gail Ross. I’m a Highland Councillor in Wick and I’m also Caithness Civic Leader. As a Councillor, my first and most important responsibility is to represent the people of Wick. Living in Wick is great. I lived in Glasgow and I lived in Edinburgh and I came back so that tells you a lot. We take for granted our big countryside and big skies and our sense of community but when you go away and you come back you realise just what a fantastic place it is to live in.
I think the independence referendum has left a fantastic legacy all over Scotland particularly here in the far north. We’ve had people engage in politics that have never shown an interest in it before, especially young people and to me that is really important because we need to get more young people engaged in what we do. Only last week in Highland Council HQ we had a team of young people down from Wick High School and they were taking part in an Apps for Good competition. They’ve developed a Politics App and they won their category in the whole of the UK. I believe that that is one of the legacies that we’ve had from the independence referendum and it’s just great.
I think that the SNP is different from other political parties because it has social justice and fairness at its heart. It has principles, it’s always stuck to those principles, it’s never wavered from those principles and neither has the people who belong to this party. As a party we represent everyone in Scotland no matter where you are from or what your background is and I think that that principle of social justice held us strong and we can only get stronger. People should vote for the SNP at the Scottish Parliament elections in 2016 because they will get a representative that has honesty, integrity and will represent them to the best of their abilities. We have hard-working candidates. We have hard-working MSPs already in place. There is a level of trust in the Scottish Government and our leadership that no other party can boast so a vote for the SNP is a vote for Scotland in 2016.