SNP MSPs Joan McAlpine and Aileen McLeod will join activists across Dumfries and Galloway over the weekend and take to the streets to spread the positive message about Scottish independence.
Following the publication on Tuesday of the Scottish government white paper “Scotland's Future: Your guide to an independent Scotland” local groups are keen to engage with the public across the region.
The 670-page document is the most comprehensive blueprint for independence ever produced by any country ahead of an independence vote and shows how Scotland will move from a Yes vote on September 18th next year, toward its independence on March 24th 2016 – ahead of the first elections in an independent Scotland. It also details the huge financial savings that can be made – including half a billion pounds on defence spending, as well as outlining plans to extend childcare to 30 hours a week.
On Saturday, Yes Dumfries will be hosting a stall on the high street between 10 and 2, while newly formed Yes South Annandale will have a presence on Annan high street from 10am onwards. On Sunday Yes Moffat will be hosting a stall at the Christmas fair in Moffat and Yes Dumfries will be hosting an evening of Scottish culture, music and verse at the Birkhill Hotel from 7pm onwards.
Yes Wigtownshire will have a pop-up shop in Stranraer with Yes merchandise and staffed to answer people’s questions about independence and the referendum opening on Thursday 28th November until Tuesday 3rd December, and on Saturday will be campaigning in Stranraer town centre.
Yes Stewartry will be campaigning in Castle Douglas Town Centre on Saturday.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine said:
“With the launch of the white paper on Thursday now is the perfect time for our local activists to get out and engage with the community about the positive vision it provides.
“The guide and the answers it provides will show clearly and simply the difference that we can make in Scotland if decisions on Scotland’s future are taken by those who care most about Scotland, that is the people who live and work here.
“I am pleased that enthusiastic volunteers from across the region are keen to get out talking to the public and have set up such fantastic events to do just that.”
Dr McLeod added:
“I am delighted that there will be Yes campaign activity across Dumfries & Galloway this weekend. We have a positive vision for Scotland’s future and this is now outlined in great detail in the Scottish Government’s guide to independence.
“I am confident that the more people find out about the possibilities Independence opens up for Scotland and for their own lives, the more likely they will be to vote Yes next September.”