THE SNP youth wing has announced that it will launch its Independence Q&A Sessions in Stornoway to kick off a national tour of Scotland.
The tour, which begins with the Stornoway session at the Bridge Community Centre on Monday (December 19) at 7pm, will be led by Young Scots for Independence (YSI) National Convener David Linden and Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan.
Speaking ahead of the event, YSI’s Mr Linden said: “I am looking forward to coming up to the Isle of Lewis and talking about our positive vision for an independent Scotland.
“This isn’t just a box ticking exercise, it’s a genuine open invitation to all Islanders, young and old, to come along and discuss the future of Scotland and the forthcoming referendum.”
Following the Stornoway session, over the coming months YSI will hit the roads and tour the country, hosting a number of such public meetings to talk about independence and how it will shape the future of Scotland.
As Mr Linden continued: “There is no doubt that, since the SNP’s landslide election victory, people are thinking more about the future of our country and what the new Scotland will look like.
“Almost all of the political parties have conceded that a change is on the horizon, be it devolution max or independence, so we are embarking on a national tour, making our pitch as well as answering people’s questions.”
Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan added: “This event is one of the many around the country that seeks to kick off the independence referendum campaign, and highlights the crucial role of Scotland’s young people in deciding a question that will affect them more than most Scotland’s future.
“In the twenty years since I was first chapping on doors for the SNP, the argument for independence has come a huge distance, with the re-establishment of Scotland’s parliament, an SNP government, an SNP majority and now a referendum on independence itself,” he continued.
“The case for Scotland no to take responsibility for our own taxes, make decisions about our own pensions and represent ourselves in the world is immensely positive, and appeals well beyond the normal run of party politics.
“I welcome this event in Stornoway, which serves to underline the strong support among young people in the islands for real power to come to Scotland.”