Carrick’s new MP Corri Wilson has joined the 56 other SNP members in the House of Commons and says the group are already causing a stir.
Speaking excusively to the Carrick Gazette the former councillor said life had been a ‘whirlwind’ since being elected on May 7, but she was committed to being a breath of fresh air to the ‘staid system’ at Westminster.
Corri said: “To say that life has been a whirlwind since would be a huge understatement. The nature of the SNP victory across Scotland has resulted in an unprecedented amount of media attention, and I barely had time to draw breath before heading off on my first trip to Westminster.
“The media frenzy continued on our journey south, but we were met by some very welcoming staff and efficiently taken through the induction process. Parliament is a bit like County Buildings, but on a much grander scale. Like new kids at school, we have all been allocated a buddy to help find our way around the maze of corridors, although I was somewhat disheartened to find that mine still gets lost despite having been there several years!
“It is clear we have caused quite a stir in the stuffy corridors of power. The 56 SNP MPs elected are a cross-section of society, as it should be, each with our own skills and specialisms and a willingness to bring a breath of fresh air to this staid system. We have already managed to get into trouble for clapping in the chamber – although it strikes me as strange that shouting and jeering at each other is more acceptable than applauding.
“In the first couple of days we were overloaded with information, and I have plenty of reading material. But perhaps most surprising is the volume of correspondence I have received already. This is a bit daunting with so much to organise in a very short period of time. Nevertheless, I do promise to get back to everyone as quickly as possible. I’ll also be setting up an office in the constituency, and organising some drop-in sessions and surgeries.
“I feel humbled that I have been entrusted with the job of being your voice, and I intend to represent each and every one of you, whether you voted for me or not, to the best of my ability. This constituency has so much to offer, and I look forward to working to fully realise its potential.
This is a diverse community, which has many different needs and issues, and I am committed to being as accessible an MP as possible. There is a job to be done here, and it is important that we work together to put this constituency back on the map.”