On Wednesday 4th June 2014, the Scottish Youth Parliament and the National Library of Scotland will be co-hosting a Referendum Debate.
Young people from across Scotland will join Kyle Thornton MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, to put their questions about Scotland’s constitutional future to a panel of representatives.
There are no more tickets available for this event, but if you would like to attend, please click here to be added to the waiting list. We will contact you on a first-come-first-served basis if any tickets become available.
We will be tweeting throughout the event, so follow us at @OfficialSYP and join in the conversation at #AyeNawMibbe.
Meet The Speakers
Dr Jan Eichhorn, University of Edinburgh
Dr Jan Eichhorn is a Chancellor’s Fellow in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh. He researches political participation and culture, with a special interest in young people’s approaches to politics.
At the moment, Dr Eichhorn is involved with two surveys relating to the Scottish independence referendum. He is part of the Scottish Social Attitudes Survey team investigating attitudes towards the constitutional future of Scotland amongst the adult population. He also coordinates the only comprehensive and representative survey of the under-18 year olds able to vote in the referendum because of the voting age having been lowered to 16.
In addition to his university-based work, Dr Eichhorn also acts as research director of the think tank d|part which works on the intersection between research and practical engagement in the field of political participation.
Patrick Harvie MSP, Yes Scotland
Patrick Harvie has served as a regional MSP for Glasgow since 2003 and is Co-Convener of the Scottish Green Party, and was a member of the Referendum Bill Committee. He has worked on a wide range of issues including housing, energy, climate change, equalities, transport, planning and justice. He is Convener of the Cross Party Group on Sexual Health, and has also been active on CPGs on issues including refugees and asylum seekers, food, and international development.
Before his election to Parliament, Mr Harvie was employed with the Gay Men’s Project at the sexual health agency PHACE Scotland (now known as THT Scotland) from 1997-2003, initially as a youth worker and then as Development Worker for the Lanarkshire area. Working at PHACE, Mr Harvie was involved in research, group work, resource development, fundraising and training in assertiveness, equality and discrimination issues. Mr Harvie previously worked at a recycling charity, a phone line for teenagers, and the Inland Revenue.
He is a keen cook, an occasional runner, and a fan of science fiction and long train journeys.
Liam McArthur MSP, Better Together
Liam McArthur MSP was elected as Member of the Scottish Parliament for Orkney in May 2007. Born in Edinburgh, he was brought up in Orkney and attended Sanday Junior Secondary and Kirkwall Grammar School.
After working at Westminster and in Brussels for a number of years, he was appointed by former Deputy First Minister and Orkney MSP, Jim Wallace, as a Special Adviser in 2002. This role involved advising Ministers across a range of policy areas, including enterprise, lifelong learning, agriculture, fisheries, environment and external affairs.
Mr McArthur is currently the Scottish Liberal Democrat member of the Education and Culture Committee, acting as party spokesman for Education and Energy. In the past, he sat on the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.
Anne McTaggart MSP, Better Together
Anne McTaggart is a Scottish Labour MSP elected in May 2011 to represent the Glasgow region. Prior to becoming an MSP, Anne had a diverse career history including her role as a Glasgow City Councillor for Drumchapel/Anniesland, her work as a Community Development worker and as a dance teacher. She was also the chair of Blairdardie Primary School’s Parent Forum.
Mrs McTaggart is currently a member of the Local Government and Regeneration Committee and the Public Petitions Committee in the Scottish Parliament. She also sits on a number of Cross-Party groups (CPGs), including the CPG on Children and Young People.
Anne has lived in the Knightswood area of Glasgow for over 20 years, and still resides there with her husband and three children. She is passionate about social justice and has a keen interest in women’s issues.
Humza Yousaf MSP, Yes Scotland
Humza Yousaf was elected as a Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow in May 2011, aged 26.
After completing his degree in Politics at the University of Glasgow in 2007, he went to work in the Scottish Parliament as an aide to the late Bashir Ahmad MSP.
In May 2011, he was the youngest SNP MSP to be elected to Parliament. He was appointed to the Justice Committee and Public Audit Committees, and was a Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the First Minister Alex Salmond MSP.
In September 2012, he was appointed as Scotland’s first ever Minister for External Affairs and International Development, and became the youngest Minister in the Scottish Government’s history, as well as being the first ever Minister from an ethnic minority background.
His interests include tackling mental health stigma, poverty, civil liberties, issues affecting young people and international affairs. He enjoys riding his motorcycle, watching and playing football, and spending time with his family.