Labour for Independence to host national event in Edinburgh

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Labour for Independence have announced their latest event as part of a national tour which will be held in Edinburgh this Thursday, 17th of July.

The event, which will take place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at Craigroyston Community High School, will bring together a number of strong Labour voices who will be putting forward the case for a Labour “Yes” vote on the 18th of September.

Former president of the STUC Pat Kelly will speak for the first time since declaring his support for the Yes Campaign.

Prior to the event, Mr Kelly has highlighted the importance of a Yes vote to the Scottish Labour Party and the people of Scotland:

“Traditional Labour voters will determine the outcome of the referendum and our task is to persuade them to vote Yes. For years we have had to accept governments at Westminster we did not vote for and we can now make it possible to vote for governments that reflect our own values.

“In an independent Scotland, a transformed Labour Party, free of Westminster control could return to being a party representing the needs and aspirations of the people of Scotland.”

Former Deputy General Secretary of the Scottish Labour Party, Tommy Sheppard, will also be speaking at the event has stated that the pursuit of independence need not negate the solidarity shared among Labour supporters:

“I am looking forward to speaking at the Labour for Independence meeting in Edinburgh. With Labour voters increasingly turning to Yes and the Labour establishment getting more and more desperate, the referendum outcome hangs in the balance.

“Just as working class solidarity doesn’t end at Hadrian’s Wall, so it doesn’t endear the White Cliffs of Dover either. More and more people are coming to see that independence, as well as achieving a fairer and more prosperous Scotland, is a means to taking international action to make the global playing field more level for ordinary working people.”

Mr Sheppard will be joined by former Better Together organiser Gary Wilson, and Unite the Union organiser Debbie Figures who is Co-convenor of Labour for Independence, Deborah Waters will chair the event which will be free and open to all who wish to hear the Labour case for Yes.

The event is free to attend and is open to all who wish to hear an alternative message of the benefits of independence. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30 pm start.