Back in 2016 I took over from Creag as leader of the YesBikers. In this time we have grown enormously in size and in coverage reaching all TV news outlets in Scotland. We have attended events all over Scotland and even at The Hague.
However recently the group more so I personally have been attacked about my personal choice not to stand on a stage with Tommy Sheridan. This was something I didn't want to do as myself and was never forceful in removing him for me I was always happy with whatever event organisers chose and would withdraw if required. I was always running around trying to organise a stall or in getting us to the event so it was something less to worry about.
Not only this I've witnessed the Yes movement splinter into factions with disagreements on different issues. I certainly wouldn't say I have done everything perfectly and would include myself as a factor of this issue. However since I met Creag back in 2014 after the vote I have dedicated my time and money to this group and it's progress. Nothing brings more joy than seeing the yesbikers roll into an event.
I feel personally that the campaign is not going in a direction I can assist with. It's became a chore and not a pleasure to get involved and work with people now. Every word and opinion scrutinised by others without being able to be yourself. I've had my own disagreements with plenty of people in the movement and groups it's only natural amongst human beings. I would like to take this opportunity to invite a hand of friendship to these people on an individual level with me if they wish.
As such from the above I have resigned from YesBikers leadership role and the future of YesBikers is in the hands of the committee who are the best people I can call friends and more than that family. It's been a lot of hard work and effort over the past 3 years and 1 in charge and I hope that voters have changed to yes as a result of some work I have done. Even if it was just 1 it was worth it.
I'm going to become myself again and speak as I would do and say with no reflection to the group and it's committee. I'll still ride with the YesBikers as it's something you can't beat and I'll still get involved with my local yes groups.
To everyone who makes YesBikers possible from the committee members, riders and spectators it's been an honour and I wish you all the best.