Stirling to debate Scotland’s Future

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Culture and External Affairs Secretary Fiona Hyslop will host a public discussion on the Scottish Government’s plans for independence when she visits Stirling tomorrow (Thursday, February 13).

First Minister Alex Salmond has given a commitment that, over the next seven months, people across Scotland will be able to put their questions directly to him and other members of the Scottish Cabinet.

Ms Hyslop will host her first individual public discussion at the Tolbooth on Thursday, February 13 between 4pm and 5:30pm.

Ms Hyslop said:

“I am looking forward to holding the first of my public discussion sessions in Stirling.

“This is part of a series of Scotland-wide events which will see me and my colleagues engage with people across the country about the exciting future we envisage following a vote for independence.

“The Scottish Government has already put forward its proposals for Scotland’s Future and demonstrated how the powers of independence can be used to build a wealthier and fairer Scotland. It’s crucial that everyone who lives and works in Scotland takes the time to consider and discuss with others the sort of country they want Scotland to be in the future.

“Taking the referendum conversation to communities across the country provides an opportunity for us to meet people from many different backgrounds and hear their views on independence, as well as listening to their questions and concerns.

“This is the opportunity of a generation and we want to give as many people as possible across Scotland the chance to ask questions and air their views.

“I’m asking local people to come and have their say about the type of Scotland they want in the future and I would encourage everyone who can to come to the Tolbooth on Thursday, February 13.”

As well as the formal Q&A session, Ms Hyslop will be happy to chat informally to audience members over tea and coffee at the end of the event.

Attendance is free but spaces are limited, so the Scottish Government have asked that those who wish to attend register by emailing: ScotFuture@scotland.gsi.gov.uk using the subject line ‘Stirling Event’ and including their full name and contact number.

Attendees also register by calling 0300 244 2114

Scotland’s Future: Your Guide to an Independent Scotland can be downloaded here: www.scotreferendum.com