Interestingly Julie Hepburn does not hold an elected role such as MSP, MP, MEP or councillor. Hepburn has worked in the past for John Swinney and Perth MP Pete Wishart.
Hepburn told the National:
“It’s important to note that whoever becomes depute leader will not be deciding unilaterally what the strategy is and when the decision will be.
“Ultimately it is a decision for the First Minister and the Scottish Government. They will draw on a huge range of opinion, including the party membership, the NEC and different folk around the country.
“Whoever is depute leader is not going to change that. I think the most important thing we can do now is listen until at such a point there is a clear opportunity for a new vote and there is demonstration that in the wider population there is demand for one.
“There is no point in holding a referendum until there is an opportunity to win. We don’t need to be playing the match right now. The match is not on. We need to be doing the preparation and training. We should not be pushing our views, but listening to No voters, or as I like to say, those people who are yet to be persuaded.”
Hepburn is currently the research manager for MP Stuart McDonald. She has previously sat on the party’s national executive committee.