Tommy Sheridan booked for independence talk in Falkirk

Tommy Sheridan is heading to Falkirk to talk up independence. Picture: Walter Neilson
Tommy Sheridan is heading to Falkirk to talk up independence. Picture: Walter Neilson

Socialist firebrand Tommy Sheridan is the latest well-known political figure to 
reveal he’s heading to Falkirk to discuss independence.

The former MSP for Glasgow will talk about why he’s backing a Yes vote on September 18 after being invited to the town by a fellow law student at the University of Strathclyde.

Although not a member of the official all-party campaign for independence, Sheridan has still been a vocal proponent, with a recent speech he made in Kirkcaldy clocking up almost 100,000 views on YouTube.

“I’m very honoured to have been invited to speak in Falkirk,” he said.

“I hope to convince the audience to grab the chance to transform Scotland for the better come September.”

Sheridan will speak as part of an event at the North Star pub in Vicar Street, Falkirk, on June 5.

The event is being organised by Mark Strathie, who met the former Scottish Socialist Party leader at university.

“When I heard Tommy was looking to do a national speaking tour, I immediately asked if he would consider coming to Falkirk,” said Mark (18), a former pupil at Falkirk High School.

“The event is not party political and will be open to anyone with an interest in the independence referendum.”

Sheridan will be the latest speaker to visit Falkirk in the run-up to the referendum. Scottish finance secretary and former SNP leader John Swinney spoke at Falkirk Town Hall last month, and others from the Yes and No campaigns are expected to follow, with the district seen as a key electoral battleground.

Meanwhile, former prime minister and Labour heavyweight Gordon Brown made a high-profile intervention in the referendum debate last week with calls for more powers to be devolved to Holyrood in the event of a No vote.

The MP is expected to make more appearances in the coming months, but has yet to schedule a visit to Falkirk.