Socialist Voice to host forum of the left


The Scottish Socialist Voice is to host a forum which aims to give a platform to influential,  pro-independence voices of the left on which to discuss the Scottish government’s newly published White Paper on independence.

John Finnie, who will chair the discussion will be joined by Colin Fox, SSP national co-spokesperson – Maggie Chapman, Scottish Green Party candidate for the European Parliament – Paul Holleran, National Union of Journalists – Jim Sillars, former deputy leader of the SNP – Isobel Lindsay, independence campaigner and peace activist – John McAllion, former Labour MSP and MP – Prof Mike Danson of Heriot Watt University and the West of Scotland University.

The event will be held on Saturday 7th December 2013 at The Jury’s Inn, Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DH.
The forum will open at 10am for a 10.30am start, and will finish at 1pm.

It is vital that supporters of independence who are not members of the SNP are given the opportunity to put forward their vision for Scotland’s future and that the Yes campaign is maintained as a broad church.  Many believe that the left vote will be crucial in the independence referendum.

Editor of the Scottish Socialist Voice (a socialist newspaper which is edited and printed here in Scotland), Ken Ferguson said of the event:

“Our panel of distinguished speakers, reflecting the wide spectrum of pro-independence progressive opinion, will lead the discussion. The panel will each focus on a specific aspect of the White Paper – including the currency, NATO membership, the monarchy, workers rights, industry and business, the economy and the environment – before an open plenary session.

“The event aims to open up discussion which is both stimulating and informative and helps shape the independence movement’s campaigning in the year ahead.”

Tickets for the forum, which promises to be an interesting and enlightening morning, are free but places are limited, so reservations are strongly recommended in advance via the SSP website at or by emailing