People’s Festival announces panel for independence debate


The Edinburgh People’s Festival is delighted to announce the panel for its forthcoming debate ‘Should Scotland be an independent?’ The actress and comedian Elaine C Smith will be joined on the Yes side by the broadcaster Lesley Riddoch.

Whilst Labour MP Gregg McClymont and Lothians MSP Kezia Dugdale will make the case for ‘Better Together’.

The debate will take place in ‘The Highland Suite’ of The Carlton Hotel on Edinburgh’s North Bridge on Monday August 11th at 7pm.

Edinburgh People’s Festival spokeswoman Yvonne Dalziel said: “We are delighted to present such a terrific panel of speakers, the majority of whom are women, for this our second People’s Festival debate on Independence. We believe it is important the public gets every opportunity to hear the issues involved in this important debate.

“We have brought together these 4 tremendous advocates to articulate the views of both sides and thus aid the democratic process ahead of next months historic vote. We look forward to another fantastic evening and a full house for what promises to be an exciting, informative and above all entertaining evening.”

Tickets for the debate are £2 and are available via the People’s Festival website or on the door on the night.

Doors open 6.30pm. Debate starts 7pm.