SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Joan McAlpine has welcomed the announcement that Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be visiting Dumfries to take part in a discussion on the Scottish Government’s blueprint for independence, Scotland’s Future.
In the run up to the referendum Cabinet Secretaries will be holding a series of public Q&A sessions across Scotland, as well as holding a number of Cabinet meetings outside of Edinburgh.
The event will be held on Monday 7th July at 1pm in the Easterbrook Hall’s Duncan Rooms.
Welcoming the Deputy First Minister’s visit Joan said:
“I am delighted to welcome Nicola Sturgeon to Dumfries. Attendance at the event is free and I would strongly encourage as many people from the local community as possible to come along – particularly those who are undecided about how to vote in September.
“With the referendum fast approaching this will be a valuable opportunity to hear more about the case for independence – and ask questions about the issues that matter most to you and your family.
“I believe that the referendum on September 18 this year is a choice between two futures. With a Yes vote, we will put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s hands.
“Decisions about Scotland are without doubt best taken by the people who care most about Scotland; that is the people who live here. With polls showing a majority of people in Scotland want the Scottish Parliament to have powers over areas like welfare and the economy, it makes sense for Scotland to take the opportunity a Yes vote will bring.
“With independence, we can build on our strong foundations to make Scotland the fairer, more successful country we know it can be. We’ve more than got what it takes to make this happen.”
Noes to Editors:
• Scotland’s Future is the most detailed blueprint ever produced by any country moving to independence. The guide is 670 pages long and answers 650 questions about the opportunities and practicalities of independence.
• More information on public Q&As taking place across the country is available here: http://scotreferendum.com/events/