Wednesday, 9 June 2010

An opportunity to experience political life

If you are aged 16 to 26 and want to get a proper experience of political life, why not apply for the Bashir Ahmad Memorial Scholarship? You'll have to get your skates on because the deadline is Thursday at 4pm. There's a form (a short one) to complete and you can get it by emailing either or

The award in memory of the Late Bashir Ahmad will provide one lucky person with a great opportunity. From 21st June to 16th August this person will work in the Scottish Parliament, an MSP's constituency office, an MP's office and SNP Headquarters. And there is a payment of £1500 to cover costs as there will be some travel involved.

I'm one of the judges so I can promise you we are completely open minded about who it should be and there are no barriers in terms of race, sex, in fact anything apart from age. So please let as many folk know as possible.

On a personal note, I find it a huge privilege to have been elected to "replace" Bashir Ahmad. The first person to receive the Bashir Ahmad Memorial Scholarship will be just as privileged and I'm really looking forward to reading the applications so come on, make them as varied as possible. Good luck.

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