Scotland is FINALLY on the brink of electing its very first woman BAME MSP to the Scottish Parliament in May's #SP21 election.

SNP members can currently vote for list members and there are some truly amazing BAME women running for election on the list this year.

In Glasgow we have the amazing @RozaSalih who at aged 15 co-founded Glasgow Girls, a 7 strong human rights activist network which campaigned against UK immigration dawn raids and galvanised public support for asylum seekers. Roza came to Scotland in 2001 from Kurdistan.

Roza is asking SNP members in Glasgow to rank her #1 and commits to continue her passion for equality, the celebration of diversity and of course, securing Independence for Scotland. Roza would be the first refugee to be elected to the Scottish Parliament.

We also have the fantastic @fatima_joji who is running on the #NorthEast list. Fatima is chair of @AIMAberdeen and a director at @5050Parliament. She is focused on increasing the number of women in politics and public life.

Fatima is asking SNP members in the North East of Scotland to rank her #1. Fatima is a grassroots independence activist and has been working to show voters that Scotland's best future is as an Independent nation. #FatimaJoji1

We are lucky to have the brilliant Michelle Campbell @CampbellSNP who is an elected Cllr for Erskine and Inchinnan. Michelle has been laser focused on working to raise awareness of and challenging the unconscious bias which exists in Scottish public life and politics.

Michelle is asking SNP members in the West Scotland region to rank her #1. Michelle has a passion for equality and human rights and projects which seek to increase the number of BAME people in Scottish politics.

We have the amazing @AnumQaisarJaved who is running in the #CentralScotland list. Anum is a modern studies and politics teacher and has been actively involved in Scot-Asians for Independence. The lack of BAME representation in Holyrood features in Anum's lessons

and she is determined to change that & make parliament look like the country it serves. Anum is asking SNP members in #CentralScotland to rank her #1. She brings a wealth of experience as a grassroots activist and someone who understands the role politics plays in society.

We have the wonderful Nadia El-Nakla running on the #NorthEast list. Nadia has a wealth of experience in the media field and has been a grassroots SNP member for nearly a decade.

Nadia is asking SNP members to rank her #1 on the #NorthEast region list. Nadia is focused on highlighting the unique challenges the North East are experiencing as a result of Brexit and is determined to see Scotland as an Independent nation.

If you are an SNP member and haven't made up your mind yet, you can contact the majority of the candidates via twitter (profiles shown above where known) and I'm sure they'll be delighted to answer respectful questions you put to them.

If you are an SNP member you will have received an email from the National Secretary with a link to log in and rank your candidates. If you have not received this or you are having any problems logging in, speak to Mi Voice on 02380 763 987 or email

Get voting and remind your friends or family who are also party members, to cast their votes and have their say on who will represent them.

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