Uist referendum Q&A with Cabinet Secretary

Readers of the Stornoway Gazette will have the chance to quiz Richard Lochhead, Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, about the Government’s plans for independence when he visits South Uist later this month.

Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has given a commitment that in the run up to the referendum people across Scotland will be able to put their questions directly to him and his Cabinet colleagues - at both joint and individual sessions - and have the opportunity to discuss the future the Scottish Government has set out in detail following a vote for independence on Thursday 18 September this year.

Mr Lochhead will host his seventh public discussion session of this series, focusing on the Scottish Government’s vision for Scotland’s future, on July 22nd from 7.30pm – 9.00pm at Talla Chidhe in Lochboisdale. Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages Dr Alasdair Allan will also attend this event.

The Cabinet Secretary is keen to hear as many views as possible and will answer questions from members of the audience. Speaking to the Stornoway Gazette ahead of the event, Cabinet Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “I am delighted to be in the Uists to host the seventh of my public discussion sessions.

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

“We’ve already put forward our proposals for Scotland’s Future and demonstrated how the powers of independence can be used to build a wealthier and fairer Scotland, but it’s crucial everyone who lives and works in Scotland considers and discusses with others the sort of country they want Scotland to be in the future.

“Taking the referendum conversation out to communities across the country provides an opportunity for us to meet people from a wide range of 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 opportunity to ask questions and air their views. We want to hear what local people have to say about the type of Scotland they want in the future and I would encourage readers of the Stornoway Gazette to come to Talla Chidhe in Lochboisdale on the 22nd of July.”

As well as the formal Q&A session, Mr Lochhead will 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 at: www.scotreferendum.com/events.

You can also register by calling 0300 244 2114

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