Success at Lothian and Borders Independence Debate

An independence debate, organised by NFU Scotland, in the Lothian and Borders region, has proved successful.

The event took place on Monday 12 May at The Lodge in Carfraemill and provided a platform for both sides of the campaign to put forward their case to local NFU Scotland members.

Speaking on behalf of the Yes Scotland campaign was The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse MSP; Joan McAlpine MSP and Scottish Borders farmer Sally Wilson.
Speaking on behalf of the Better Together campaign was John Lamont MSP, Jim Hume MSP and Borders farmer John Elliot.

The format of the evening allowed speakers to briefly outline their vision and priorities as we move forward to the referendum day in September and was followed up by a question-time format which allowed members to direct questions important to them directly to the panel.
Regional chairman for Lothian and Borders, Stuart McNicol, who chaired the evening commented:

 “This was a very successful event and provided a great platform for both sides of the campaign. It was a robust debate with quite a lot of interventions from the floor and a lot of strength and feeling from both sides.

“This event was part of many we are holding around the country to provide as much information to our members as possible about the independence referendum ahead of September 18 to allow them to make an informed decision on that date.

“We have had very positive feedback from our members and it was a great night with healthy debate from all of our speakers.”

Note to Editors

  • A photograph from the event is available on request by contacting: or 0131 472 4000.


Contact Ruth McClean on 0131 472 4108

Date Published:

News Article No.: 94/14

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