Readers will get a chance to quiz members of the Scottish Cabinet about plans for Independence when they visit later this month.
Following a meeting in Portlethen ministers will host a public discussion session, focusing on the Scottish Government’s vision for Scotland’s future on Febrary 24 in Porthlethen Parish Church.
First Minister Alex Salmond has given a commitment that over the next nine months people across Scotland will be able to put their questions directly to himself and his Cabinet colleagues and have the opportunity to discuss the future the Scottish Government has set out in detail following a vote for independence on 18 September this year.
They want to hear as many views as possible and will answer questions from members of the audience. This is your chance to ask questions about Scotland and its future
Speaking exclusively to the Mearns Leader, ahead of the visit, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “I am absolutely delighted to be bringing the Cabinet to Portlethen for the first time.
“This event will be our second meeting outside Edinburgh this year and is part of a series of Scotland-wide events that will allow Scottish ministers to engage with people in communities across the country about the hugely exciting future we envisage following a vote for independence.
“Taking the referendum conversation out to communities across the country offers us a fantastic opportunity to meet people from a wide range of backgrounds and hear their views on independence, as well as listening to their questions and concerns.
“Over the next eight months the people of Scotland will be able to debate and decide on their future through a civic and democratic process. This is the opportunity of a generation and we want to give as many people as possible in the Aberdeenshire area the opportunity to ask questions and air their views.
“We want to hear what local people have to say about the type of Scotland they want in the future and I would encourage readers of the Mearns Leader to come to Portlethen Parish Church on the 24th of February.
“We’ve already put forward our proposals for Scotland’s Future and demonstrated how the powers of independence can be used to build a wealthier and fairer Scotland, but it’s crucial everyone who lives and works in Scotland considers and discusses with others the sort of country they want Scotland to be in the future.
“Last month the Cabinet visited Bathgate, and we had a fantastic public discussion with thoughtful and stimulating contributions from local people on a range of issues. I hope that the community in Portlethen do the same.”
The public discussion event is being held on Monday 24 February in Portlethen Parish Church. As well as the formal Q&A session, ministers will be happy to chat informally to audience members over tea and coffee at the end of the event.
Attendance is free but spaces are limited, so the Scottish Government have asked that those who wish to attend register online at: https://scotlandsfuture.eventbrite.co.uk
You can also register by calling 0300 244 2138.