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RISE - Scotland's Left Alliance can today announce the appointment of journalist Jamie Maxwell to its press team for the 2016 Holyrood elections.

Maxwell, 29, has written extensively for major UK and international titles including the New Statesman, Al Jazeera America, the Scottish Review of Books, the Sunday Herald, the Sunday Mail and the National. He is a double graduate of the University of Glasgow.

In 2013 he edited The Case for Leftwing Nationalism, a collection of his late father Stephen Maxwell's essays, and in 2014 he co-edited Old Nations, Auld Enemies, New Times, an anthology of Tom Nairn's work.

Maxwell will help shape and implement RISE's media strategy, as well as contribute to the day-to-day running of its press operation.

RISE National Organiser Jonathon Shafi said Maxwell's appointment would strengthen the professionalism and output of the new left alliance:

"We are really pleased to be taking Jamie on to boost our media team. As we develop our campaign we are continually strengthening our organisation to meet the challenges the next few months will bring."

"As a new political formation we have to go the extra mile to ensure our media presence is consistent and that we are shaping the debate. Jamie will be a huge addition to those efforts."

Commenting, Maxwell said:

"I'm delighted to join the RISE press team ahead of the May elections."

"Emerging out of the referendum, RISE represents a massive step forward for the pro-independence left in Scotland."

"In its opposition to austerity and its grassroots, activist origins, it bears comparison with popular leftwing movements in Spain, Greece and Catalonia."

"RISE has the potential to shake-up what could otherwise be a dull election debate. We are going to run a provocative, irreverent and eye-catching campaign."

ENDS

For more information contact the RISE Press Office on 07983537187 or Jamie Maxwell on 07891907989.