As some of you may know, I'm currently involved in the contest to be selected as the SNP Candidate for the Aberdeen North constituency at the upcoming Westminster Election. I'll be writing a piece in the next day or so on why I've decided to get involved, but meantime, here's a link to my selection campaign Facebook page, as well as a bit of personal background for anyone who's looking for it. Come on over and say hello!
A bit about Richard...
Richard, 38, was elected in 2012 as one of two SNP Councillors in the four member Ellon & District ward of Aberdeenshire Council, winning a seat previously held by the Liberal Democrats and pushing Labour into fifth spot. He lives within his ward with his partner Eilidh and their two young daughters.
A journalist and freelance writer, Richard joined the SNP in 1994 as a student and has been active in the party ever since. He began his career working in the financial sector with Scottish Widows, based in Edinburgh, before leaving in 2004 to work full time for the SNP as the party's Head of Campaigns in the lead-up to the 2005 UK General Election.
After taking up a post as a Senior Parliamentary Researcher for Dundee East SNP parliamentarians Stewart Hosie MP and Shona Robison MSP, in 2007 he became Head of Research for the party's group of MPs, based in the House of Commons in London.
Richard returned to Scotland in 2008 to work as a Parliamentary Assistant to Alex Salmond and to contest the Gordon Constituency at the last UK General Election. Against Lib Dem veteran Malcolm Bruce, Richard cut the Lib Dem majority almost in half, taking the SNP from fourth to second place on a swing of 8%.
A professional traditional musician, Richard has toured all over the world with orchestras and bands and has played twice at 'T in the Park' as part of the well-known ceilidh band the 'Canongate Cadjers', with whom he recorded a CD last year. He is also a Past-President of the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum and writes a regular column for the 'Scots Independent' newspaper.