Labour and SNP to debate ‘independence, energy and fuel-poverty’ at Abertay University

Abertay university debate logoWhat could an independent Scotland mean for the environment, poverty and making the world a fairer place?

This will be the subject of the debate in Dundee this Saturday under the 2014 Matters event series at the University of Abertay.

Speakers include Anas Sarwar (deputy leader, Scottish Labour Party), Mike Weir, MP (SNP Westminster spokesperson for business, energy and climate change), Katherine Trebeck from Oxfam and Polly Jones from the World Development Movement.

Sarwar said, “As part of the UK, Scots don’t just play a part in International Development, we lead the way in supporting people in developing countries, delivered from DfID (UK Govt Dept) head office in East Kilbride.

“I’m delighted that the World Development Movement and Friends of the Earth have organised this debate. It gives us the opportunity to evaluate and appreciate the role that Scotland plays in helping those most in need across the globe, as part of the United Kingdom.”
Weir said: “The kind of Scotland that we want to see is a crucial part of the referendum debate and I look forward to an energetic discussion on the issues facing us, not only in building a more just and sustainable society within Scotland, but how as a wealthy developed nation we contribute to addressing such problems as development, climate change, human rights  and conflict around the world.

Polly Jones, Head of Campaigns and Policy, World Development Movement said, “The Scottish independence referendum is an opportunity to consider and shape Scotland’s role in tackling global inequality and justice.

“That’s why our 2014 Matters event here in Dundee, as well as the others across Scotland, will debate the big issues of social, economic and environmental justice. We’re expecting it to be a lively and thought-provoking event and really encourage people to come along.”

The organisers of the 2014 Matters debates comprise Friends of the Earth, Jubilee Scotland, the Network of International Development Organisations in Scotland (NIDOS), People and Planet, Stop Climate Chaos Scotland, World Development Movement and WWF.

The organisers take no view on the outcome of the referendum but believe this is a valuable opportunity to take part in a conversation about Scotland’s constitutional future and place in shaping the world.

The Dundee debate is being held on Saturday 22 February from 4.30pm-6pm in the Hannah McLure Centre, Abertay University, 1-3 Bell Street, DD1

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