I began my career at the Motherwell Times after graduating in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University. From there I went on to report on the daily goings-on at Glasgow Sheriff Court before joining The Herald in June 2011. I continue to have an interest in crime and legal matters.
Anna Dyer, 64, was overlooked for last year's local authority elections despite standing as a Labour candidate in the Holyrood election the year before.
She claims she has been discriminated against by the party and has suffered "loss, injury and damage, in particular to her feelings" due to the party's decision not to recommend her for a panel of local government candidates.