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Falkirk Herald hustings puts Referendum in the spotlight

The Falkirk Herald Referendum Hustings, left to right, Better Together panelists Michael Connarty MP and Labour Westminster candidate Karen Whitefield, chairman Ian Scott. Yes Scotland panelists Claire Adamson MSP and Patrick Harvie MSP
Picture: Michael Gillen

The Falkirk Herald Referendum Hustings, left to right, Better Together panelists Michael Connarty MP and Labour Westminster candidate Karen Whitefield, chairman Ian Scott. Yes Scotland panelists Claire Adamson MSP and Patrick Harvie MSP Picture: Michael Gillen

 

Scotland’s future was on the agenda when The Falkirk Herald hustings took place last night.

With 100 days to go until the Independence Referendum the public had an opportunity to quiz members of both the Better Together and Yes Scotland campaigns.

The event in Falkirk Trinity Church saw questions posed from the paper’s readers on the issues which most concerned them, particularly the country’s ability to be economically viable if it was to go it alone.

Put in the spotlight were Falkirk East MP Michael Connarty and Westminster Labour candidate Karen Whitefield from Better Together, while two MSPs, the SNP’s Claire Adamson and Green Patrick Harvie, represented Yes Scotland.

The debate was chaired by historian Ian Scott.

Falkirk Herald editor Colin Hume said: “I think everyone who attended the event was struck by how passionate the speakers where and their commitment to their causes shone through.

“In the end consensus was reached on one point – the question we have to ask ourselves on September 18 is ‘What we want the future of Scotland to be and what is the best vehicle to achieving that?’

“Obviously our panellists had very different responses to that but hopefully the debate provided enough information for people to start making up their own minds.”

 

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