The SNP youth wing has announced that it will launch its independence Q&A tour in Stornoway to kick off a national tour of Scotland.

Over the coming months Young Scots for Independence (YSI) will be touring the country, hosting public meetings and talking about independence and how it will shape the future of Scotland.

The tour kicks off with a public meeting in Stornoway’s Bridge Community Centre on 19th December at 7pm, which will be led by YSI National Convener, David Linden and Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP, Alasdair Allan.

Speaking ahead of the event, YSI Convener, David Linden, said:

“I am looking forward to coming up to the Isle of Lewis and talking about our positive vision for an independent Scotland. This isn’t just a box ticking exercise, it’s a genuine open invitation to all Islanders – young and old – to come along and discuss the future of Scotland and the forthcoming referendum.

“There is no doubt that, since the SNP’s landslide election victory, people are thinking more about the future of our country and what the new Scotland will look like.

“Almost all of the political parties have conceded that a change is on the horizon, be it devolution max or independence, so we are embarking on a national tour, making our pitch as well as answering people’s questions.

SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Alasdair Allan added:

“This event is one of many around the country that seeks to kick off the independence referendum campaign, and highlights the crucial role of Scotland’s young people in deciding a question that will affect them more
than most – Scotland’s future.

“In the twenty years since I was first chapping on doors for the SNP, the argument for independence has come a huge distance, with the re-establishment of Scotland’s parliament, an SNP Government, an SNP majority and now a referendum on independence itself.

“The case for Scotland now to take responsibility for our own taxes, make decisions about our own pensions and represent ourselves in the world is immensely positive, and appeals well beyond the normal run of party politics. I welcome this event in Stornoway, which serves to underline the strong support among young people in the islands for real power to come to Scotland.”

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