Bulb Planting with Sophie Cooke in Colinton Mains Park

It was really good to be out in Colinton Mains Park planting daffodil bulbs with local children and families today. It was freezing, but that did not stop the kids planting the bulbs (and hunting for worms). ELGT have now planted 5,000 bulbs in the park this week with St Marks PS, Colinton PS and local residents – it is going to look great in the spring!
I am pictured with Sophie Cooke who is Labour’s candidate in Edinburgh South West (this includes the communities around the park).
Sophie used to be a member of the SNP. She joined the nationalists after the independence referendum, but decided to leave following their failures in education and health policy, and a realisation that the party was less progressive than it claimed. She is not the only person to have reached that conclusion!
She passionately believes in social justice and real democracy, and had become increasingly worried about climate change and the housing crisis, so she joined the Labour Party in 2017 to campaign in Edinburgh South West in support of our candidate that year.
She’s a novelist, poet, lecturer, and tutor in creative writing. She has lived in nearby Parkhead for the last five years where she is active within her local community – she’s a member of the Hailes Quarry Park Steering Group, and in March of this year helped organise a Community Litter Pick to deal with the litter problem in the park.
She is a Muslim by way of religious belief, and a feminist, committed to achieving equal rights for women. She has also worked to tackle antisemitism. In her spare time she likes growing vegetables and flowers in her back garden. She lives with her partner of five years, Ronnie, and their rescue dog.

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