Debate: A State fit for the 21st Century


Scottish Parliament Building, Holyrood
Scottish Parliament, Holyrood
Now that the Scottish Parliament has committed itself to independence and the concept that sovereignty rests with the people, it is time to explore what shape a Scottish state should take.

The event, which has been sponsored by the Constitutional Commission, will take a Question Time type of format. Each speaker will outline the elements of a Scottish state they consider important; then the audience will have the opportunity to put questions to the panel.

The Constitutional Commission is a non-partisan, independent Scottish charity, whose objective is to ensure that any proposals for constitutional developments concerning Scotland are fully debated and decided in Scotland.

Panel Members

  • Lesley Riddoch - writer and broadcaster
  • Patrick Harvie MSP - co-convener Scottish Green Party
  • Elliot Bulmer - author of "A Model Constitution for Scotland: Making Democracy Work in an Independent State"
  • Sally Foster Fulton - convener of the Church of Scotland's Church and Society Council
  • Kate Higgins - blogger, campaigner and commentator on Scottish social justice issues
  • Ross Martin - Policy Director at Centre for Scottish Public Policy
  • Willie Sullivan - Scottish Director of Electoral Reform Society (speaking in a personal capacity)


Doors open at 18:00, half an hour prior to the start of the meeting.


The meeting is free to attend but bookings are required. The event is now fully booked, but you can contact the event organizers to be placed on the waiting list.

How to Get There

Committee Room 1
Scottish Parliament
Edinburgh EH99 1SP

Map: Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh


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