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Jeff Zycinski | 11:14 UK time, Thursday, 25 February 2010

Emma-Clifford-and-SGR-tablet.JPGYou might just recognise the girl in the picture. Emma Clifford was one of the three Drumchapel teenagers who campaigned for the rights of their four asylum-seeking school friends. Together they were called 'the Glasgow girls' and they became a cause celebre of Jack McConnell when he was the First Minister.

Today Emma is studying journalism and creative writing at Strathclyde University and also presents a weekly discussion programme on Sunny Govan Radio. She came in to ask my advice about a career in broadcasting but she also took the opportunity to sell me an entire box of fund-raising tablet for the community station.

She also told me about a few other strings to her bow. She's one of the volunteers at Team Pinewood based at St. Mark's Church in Drumchapel. For more than ten years the group has encouraged more than five hundred young people to develop their interest in arts and music and Emma said it did wonders for her own self-confidence.

"I'm really proud to tell people I come from Drumchapel," she said, "I went to a great school with good teachers and that's where I got involved with the Glasgow girls campaign."

So what ever became of the asylum seekers?

"They all won the right to stay in Britain," said Emma, "I know two of them are now at university and another is at college training to be a hairdresser."

Then she sold me the tablet. One quid a bar, eighteen bars in a box and no discount for buying in bulk. I handed her a twenty pound note and she told me she didn't have change.

She's going to go far, I think.


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