In Episode 29 of Apolitical we speak with Jeane Freeman OBE, a co-founder of Women for Independence and the SNP’s candidate for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley in the 2016 Holyrood elections. We chat about her journey from the Labour party to the SNP; the potential impact of tax credits reform; TTIP; and the election campaign ahead.
Amongst the topics we discuss with Jeane on the podcast are:
• Her involvement in student politics;
• Joining the Labour party and her role as senior political advisor to First Minister Jack McConnell;
• When she determined that independence was in Scotland’s best interests;
• Joining the SNP and her candidacy for Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley;
• Her thoughts on the tax credits reform proposed by George Osborne and the Conservative government;
• Reflections on Scottish Labour’s response and thoughts on the SNP’s approach to the issue;
• Revisiting her BBC interview with Andrew Neil during the referendum campaign on TTIP;
• Her present views on TTIP and whether it is still a threat;
• Early canvassing and the current lie of the land in Carrick, Cumnock & Doon Valley;
• Her hopes for the next session of the Scottish Parliament.
Please join us in discussing these issues or any other raised in the podcast below, or find us on Twitter at @apoliticalpod.