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Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Joining the unbanned but rejoining the unwilling
Well well, the things you learn when you least expect to! It would appear that I am not banned from sitting in the House of Commons because I am ordained as I had first thought. (see here). When the changes were made in 2001, (see here) it was explained to me that I could stand as a clergyman but if I were elected I would have to demit my status.
On closer checking after being asked if I would put myself forward as a candidate to replace Gavin Strang, I discover that that's not the case and the 2001 act removing disqualification went all the way.
However, does it change my view about putting myself forward? No. I have said I won't stand and so I shall stick to that.I felt no sense of disappointment when I said I "couldn't" stand for reasons that appeared out of my control and so I read that as me knowing intuitively that whatever is ahead of me politically, that's a journey I should take in Scotland.
All 7:15pm -7:45pm and the last Sat. Lochend YWCA, 198 Restalrig Road South 12noon -1pm (no appointment needed, all during school terms)
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I was elected to the City of Edinburgh Council in 1999. After 7 years of being very heavily involved in Education, I was elected Council Leader in August 2006 and from May 2007 until June 2008 was Labour Group leader when I returned to the backbenches
I am ordained in the Church of Scotland but I don't have a parish. Instead I am the Secretary of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council.
I am an Honorary Research Fellow of the University of Glasgow and an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University. I am married with two children, I am a member of the Iona Community and I enjoy sports though mostly as an armchair critic.
I welcome strong opinions strongly expressed, but please don't use this blog if you intend to be abusive or intend to use offensive language. The public conversation that I want to encourage must be based on mutual respect and common courtesy.