Cabinet Secretay to host independence question session in Musselburgh

Cabinet Secretary for Education Michael Russell

Cabinet Secretary for Education Michael Russell

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Musselburgh residents will have a chance to discuss Scotland’s future with one of the country’s most senior politicians next week.

Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for Education, will be hosting a question and answer session about the Scottish Government’s plans for independence at the Brunton at 7.30pm on Monday.

The event follows a commitment made by First Minister Alex Salmond to ensure communities around the country can put their questions directly to senior Scottish Government ministers before the referendum on September 18.

Mr Russell is keen to hear as many views as possible and will answer questions from members of the audience.

He said: “We’ve already set out our proposals for Scotland’s future and demonstrated how the powers of independence can be used to build a wealthier, fairer and smarter Scotland.

“However, with less than five months before the referendum, it’s crucial that everyone considers and discusses with others the sort of country they want Scotland to be in the future.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime and we want to give as many people as possible across Scotland the chance 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.

As well as the formal Q&A session, Mr Russell 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 has asked that those who wish to attend register online at or by calling 0300 244 2138.

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