So that's my constituency office closed, my team all officially redundant and my 'Anne McLaughlin MP' sign in the skip.
I want to thank my team - Annette, Joe, Graham and Angus - for the contribution they each made. It really was a huge team effort. I also want to mention Allan and Mhairi and Michelle and Mary who were all part of the (paid) team at various times.
In reference to the office closing I want to give particular thanks to Annette and Joe for all their help in the last week with packing, disconnecting and ensuring constituents have someone carrying on with their cases.
Big thank you to Graham for dealing with the alarms going off for hours on end when I wasn’t able to be there, even though it was driving you mad.
A MASSIVE thanks to Barbaranne, Christine, Duncan and Liam, our long standing volunteers who were a huge part of the team and loved by everyone. Mustn't forget Toniann, my 14 year old youth affairs advisor 🙂
Gerry, thank you so much for the podcast, I loved doing it and apparently it was quite good but of course, like most folk, I hate the sound of my voice so rarely listened lol. It was a great thing to do and it was unfortunate that just as we decided to ramp it up, I lost my seat.
To our interns from last year who have become good friends of all of us. Sean, Robyn, Rami and Gary - we made the right decision taking you guys on and it’s great to watch as your lives unfold.
Back to the office closure ...
Thank you to West End Removals for an exemplary job in clearing the office and for paying your staff the living wage.
Janet and Daniel for cleaning in the most stressful of circumstances (the aforementioned alarms) and so brilliantly - we got 10 out of 10 from the landlords today.
Allan for that 'wee' job you did for me – much appreciated.
Ruairi for your help on Sunday.
The fabulous Team Provan and Team Glasgow North East for all your support over the years. To the two MSPs I worked most closely with Ivan and Bob, thank you. And to those councillors who know there's no 'I' in team - we would have made a great team and I'm sorry not to be working with you. To everyone who popped in on Saturday, it was so good to see you all. I was conscious I hadn’t seen some of you since losing my seat so I’m really glad we got to do that.
Thanks also to all the constituents who have come to us for help in the last two years - most of whom we've got great results for (the bit I'll miss the most) and apologies to those for whom the news wasn't so great.
Apologies also to anyone I missed - I received around 150 emails a day and that meant I sometimes missed the odd one. If I missed you, I'm sorry.
To everyone who got used to the additional things we did as an office, you have the right to expect your MP to go above and beyond.
Every one of my previous constituents now has an SNP MSP and at least one SNP councillor. They want to help so get in touch with them. If you can't find them, message me and I'll put you in touch. I will keep this page going.
So, that's it. I am exhausted, it's been a lot of physical stuff in the last week but I am already feeling the weight lift off my shoulders. I will always campaign for the SNP, in fact I'm out on Saturday again - but now that all the work in winding down the office is done, I will be having a look to see what these new pastures have to offer.
Thanks again to the people of Glasgow North East for an incredible opportunity. Who'd have thought I'd ever have the chance to stand face to face with David Cameron and tell him what I thought of him? Who could have imagined I could stand in the House of Commons and express my lifelong anger about the way we, as a society and they as a party (the Tories) treat people who are out of work? And who knew I would be part of one of the SNP's greatest victories and be one of 'the 56'?
I know how fortunate I was. I feel I have unfinished business so will put myself forward for the next election if it’s not too far away. But nobody knows what the future holds. Even if I never get the chance to do it again, I will always be glad that I had this chance. So again, thank you. ... See MoreSee Less