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English Scots for Yes ready to play bigger role in next Indyref

CONTINUING iScot’s series of interviews with Yes movement movers and shakers, DAVE BOWMAN puts the questions this month to the founder and principal organiser of English Scots for Yes, SNP activist and councillor MATH CAMPBELLSTURGESS.

The majority of English-born residents of Scotland voted No in the 2014 Independence Referendum, so they are one of the groupings that need to be won over before IndyRef2. But, as Math explains, English Scots for Yes are determined to make the difference next time around.


DAVE BOWMAN: You were born and brought up in Cambridge, but moved to Gourock at the age of 18. How and why did that happen and do you have any relatives in Scotland?

MATH CAMPBELL-STURGESS: I was living in Chesterfield at the time and I got talking to a girl in Scotland in an internet-chatroom - quite common now, but at the time it wasn’t the most common way to meet someone! I visited her a couple of times and not only fell in love with her, but also Scotland, and decided to move up, and the rest, as they say is history.

We’ve been together now for 15 years and just had our first child! Aside from my fiancé and daughter, I don’t have any relatives in Scotland - my brother lives in Wales with his family - but my grandfather was Scottish/Welsh and his family were from Irvine originally, where they farmed the area for centuries.

DB: When did you first get involved in Scottish politics and were you previously politically active as a teenager in England?

MCS: I’d always had an awareness of social justice. I grew up on a council estate and it was never hard to see social issues while I was growing up. But it was really when I moved to Scotland and saw those same issues that I started getting more active in politics. It also gave me insight that the Westminster government seems to care a lot more about those problems I mentioned when they’re in southern England than they do if it’s in Scotland - or for that matter northern England.

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