Sturgeon to Speak at West Lothian Referendum Information Evening


Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is to speak at an event in Livingston for people across West Lothian undecided about which way they will vote in next year’s independence referendum.

Ms Sturgeon will be joined on the Deans High School platform on Wednesday 4th December by local MSPs, and fellow Scottish Government ministers, Angela Constance and Fiona Hyslop.

The event is to coincide with the Scottish Government White Paper on independence being launched on the 26th November, a document which sets out the Government’s vision for Scotland after a Yes vote.

The local campaign group Yes West Lothian has organised the evening which is designed to give undecided voters the information they are looking for to help make up their minds for the 18th September referendum. Yes West Lothian chair Greg McCarra says everyone from across West Lothian is welcome on 4th December:

“What we are hearing on the doorsteps is that people want to talk about the referendum, they want more information and essentially want to be convinced to vote yes.

“We are hoping to reach people from across the county who are looking for more information on the referendum. By securing Nicola Sturgeon we have not only one of the biggest names in Scottish politics, but the lead Scottish Government minister on the referendum. This will be one of her first events after publishing the White Paper, so it will be a huge opportunity for the people of West Lothian.

“The event is open to all; there are no tickets or bookings, so it will be first come first served for seats.

“This is not going to be some kind of political rally, it will be a chance for local people to ask the questions they have of their Deputy First Minister about the most important and exciting decision we will make next year.”

Angela Constance MSP said:

“This is one of the most exciting times in Scotland’s history, as we move towards the historic decision next year when the people decide whether Scotland should be an independent country.

“It is fantastic that Nicola Sturgeon will come to West Lothian so soon after the publication of the White Paper, setting out the Scottish Government’s vision for an independent Scotland.”

Fiona Hyslop MSP said:

“The referendum is the biggest decision people will take about the future of Scotland, not just for this but for future generations. It is important that everyone has the space, time and information required to help them make their decision and I am delighted Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister, is coming to West Lothian on the 4th December to discuss the future of Scotland.”