Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s Deputy First Minister, will speak in Prestonpans Town Hall on Wednesday, August 6, highlighting the case for a Yes vote for communities of East Lothian.
The event starts at 7pm and is open to all. It is particularly geared towards voters who are still undecided ahead of next month’s independence referendum and there will be a questions and answers session after Ms Sturgeon has spoken.
Speaking ahead of the meeting, she said: “Scotland is a very wealthy country – richer per head that France, Japan and the UK as a whole – but too many people don’t feel the benefits of it. In places like Prestonpans and across the country, too many people live in poverty – and with Westminster’s cuts agenda continuing to bite the situation would only get worse with a No vote. That is why a Yes vote in September is so important.
“A No vote would guarantee years of yet more austerity from the Westminster parties. Figures have shown that as many as 100,000 more children in Scotland could be pushed into poverty by 2020.
“But with the full powers of independence we can take a different path –transforming childcare benefiting thousands of children and ensuring we have a welfare state which supports people in need and is a springboard to a better life.”
Local campaigner Ria Robertson said; “East Lothian’s Yes campaign has gone from strength to strength with momentum growing. We have so many dedicated volunteers with 6 stalls across East Lothian last Saturday which is fantastic.
“The response we are getting is really positive with more people moving to Yes and undecided locals actively seeking us out via our stalls and social media for more information. Having Nicola come and speak to the community is such a bonus and I’m sure this will be a popular event.”