James Trolland and the SDA want to send a huge thank you to everyone who turned out and voted in this by election. Especially for the 51 folk who voted for James. It was immensely gratifying to speak to so many people who found what we had to say resonated with their lives and families. Our principle aim in standing the last four elections as we have was to get that message out that a vote for independence is not a vote for the SNP and that thoughtful, considerate people have engaged in the kind of strategic planning for what comes next after independence. Getting that message out is most certainly an uphill struggle when the establishment political partied and media consciously decide to exclude smaller parties. We believe that decisions on who should be elected should be made by the people not the media. The BBC's decision to exclude us from the debate was clearly noted by many and the credibility of the BBC has taken another blow. The result of the by election may have been predictable but the manner in which it was achieved was clearly not the finest hour for democracy in Scotland.
In many respects the result for the SDA was a win and our best result to date. To those who voted SDA, If you aren't already a member why not consider becoming one! Don't wait for someone else. Get active and be the force for change in your community.
To all members, National Council and supporters of the Scottish Democratic Alliance (SDA).
Be advised that with effect from 1pm 15th January, James Trolland, the leader of the SDA and the SDA candidate for Cowdenbeath has been advised that he is excluded from participation in the BBC's Brian Taylor's Cowdenbeath Debate.
As the SDA is the only party to be excluded from this Special By-Election Debate, this action by the BBC is both undemocratic and profoundly biased against a pro-independence party that was described by the P & J (June 4, 2013) as a "viable alternative to voters".
All candidates pay the same fee, and democratically, all should be entitled to the same opportunity to answer questions from constituents. This would contribute to providing Cowdenbeath voters with a more informed choice regarding the abilities of the candidate that they wish to represent them in Holyrood.
You can access the BBC Complaints system online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/complaints/ ; by phoning 03700 100 222 (24 hours, charged as 01/02 geographic numbers); or by writing to BBC Complaints, PO Box 1922, Darlington DL3 0UR.