Ahead of the Scottish parliament elections, we spoke to Màiri McAllan, lawyer, activist, and SNP candidate for Clydesdale.

A solicitor and Notary Public, Màiri is currently appointed as Special Adviser to First Minister of Scotland in Environment, Climate Change, Land Reform, and Renewable Energy policy. Màiri is also a co-founder of RebLaw Scotland, a public interest movement based on the concept of ‘Rebellious Lawyering’ seeking to harness legal skills in the pursuit of social justice.

In our latest podcast, Màiri discusses her experience of being a young woman in law and politics and the role of lawyers in policy making.

Speaking to The National about why people should vote for her, she said:

I am a lifelong local who understands the joys and challenges of living here. It’s that experience I’ll draw on – together with the skills I’ve gained as a lawyer, government adviser and human rights activist – to be the very best representative for Clydesdale.

If elected, I will work with constituents to ensure Clydesdale is a place where young people can make their lives and careers, where diverse and vibrant communities look after each other and thrive, where all our people have access to good education, warm, energy efficient homes, social security as needed and world-leading healthcare – free at the point of need.

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