Renfrewshire Chamber today (Fri 15.2.13) held a cross party Independence Debate, hosted by STV’s anchor man John MacKay. The 100+ attendees packed into the lecture theatre at Reid Kerr College’s
Abercorn Conference Centre in Paisley to question the political panel that included:
-Derek MacKay MSP – SNP
-Annabel Goldie MSP – Conservative
-Garry Clark – Scottish Chambers of Commerce
-Douglas Alexander MP – Labour
-Councillor Eileen McCartin – Liberal Democrats
The panel were asked questions on a wide range of topics including:
-Is Independence good for business?
-Why is there so much focus on this subject when the economy is struggling?
-Will we be better off in an independent Scotland?
-Plus many more questions on the EU, embassies, NATO etc….
In addition to business people, teachers and pupils from 3 Renfrewshire High Schools attended; Renfrew, Linwood and Gleniffer. Questions asked by the young people included:
-What impact will Independence have on the future of young people in Scotland?
-Should 16 yr olds have a vote on Independence?
Chamber president Tom Johnston commented “…this debate has been in the planning for a long time. It is not easy to get such a high profile panel all in the one place at the same time. The Chamber was delighted with the turnout today of over 100 members – and also great to see so many young people attending and taking a genuine interest in their future. We plan to have a follow up debate in 2014 – by then more information, facts & figures will be available”.
This event was a free event for Renfrewshire Chamber members – to find out more about the Chamber visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com