SPA to host Political Parties and the Independence Referendum Conference

A free one-day conference, 20th June 2013

hosted by the Scottish Political Archive

C1, Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling, Stirling.  FK9 4LA

The  Scottish  Independence  Referendum will  be  a  historic  event  in  the  constitutional  history  of  Scotland, the UK and Europe.  As  the  Yes  and  No  campaigns  gather  steam,  this  conference  will  bring together experts on political parties to examine the strategies of the different political parties  towards  the  independence  referendum  in  2014.    Although  the  campaign  is  broadly  structured  around  two  opposed  campaign  ‘umbrellas’,  namely  ‘Yes  Scotland’  and  ‘Better  Together’,  the  role  of  parties  in  the  run  up  to  the  referendum  is  an  important  one  in  shaping  the  competing  strategies  of  either  side.  How parties  approach  the  referendum  and  how  they  cooperate  within  broader  campaign  structures  are  important  questions  that  will  be  discussed  at  the  conference.  The papers will examine a  range  of  common factors and dimensions amongst the four main political parties:

 The evolution of party attitudes to the autonomy issue

  • Party strategy for the referendum and its aftermath
  • Partisan motives, goals and behaviours during the long referendum campaign
  • The discursive strategies adopted by party actors
  • The multi-level dimensions to party strategy

 Agenda

 9.45am –     Welcome from Kevin Adamson and Peter Lynch, University of Stirling

10am –          ‘Party strategy and the Referendum’ – Matt Qvortrup, Cranfield University.

10.30am –   ‘The Scottish Tories’ – David Torrance, journalist and author.

11am –         Coffee Break

11.15am –   ‘Scottish Labour’ – Eric Shaw, University of Stirling.

11.45am –   ‘The Scottish Liberal Democrats’ – Malcolm Harvey, University of Aberdeen.

12.15pm –   ‘The Scottish National Party’ – Kevin Adamson and Peter Lynch, University of Stirling.

12.45pm –   Concluding discussion

1.00pm – Lunch

2.00pm – Close

 To book a place please email Sarah Bromage at scottishpoliticalarchive@stir.ac.uk

YesScotland campaign publicity in Austria, March 2013

Accession Number:spa.947.4

Yes Scotland were one of the Yes campaign groups for the 2014 referendum. The campaign was launched on Friday 25th May 2012 at Cineworld, Fountain Park, Edinburgh.

Image courtesy of Helen and Iain Graham.

The Scottish Political Archive is housed at the University of Stirling. The archive is home to the oral interviews, personal papers and associated material from prominent Scottish politicians. For further information about the work of the archive please visit our website www.scottishpoliticalarchive.org.uk

May Day in Edinburgh, 4th May 2013

Colin Fox and Scottish Socialist Party colleagues on the May day march in Edinburgh.

Colin Fox is the National Spokesman for the Scottish Socialist Party. For further biographical information www.scottish.parliament.uk/msps/30659.aspx

The Scottish Political Archive is housed at the University of Stirling. The archive is home to the oral interviews, personal papers and associated material from prominent Scottish politicians. For further information about the work of the archive please visit our website www.scottishpoliticalarchive.org.uk

Better Together, national campaign weekend, 27th April 2013

Accession Number: spa.941

Better Together campaigners in Edinburgh Western on St Johns Road, Corstorphine on BT’s 4th national campaign weekend on 27th April 2013.

Better Together was a cross party campaign group for the 2014 referendum that promoted “the view held by millions of Scots: that Scotland is a better and stronger country as part of the United Kingdom”.

The Scottish Political Archive is housed at the University of Stirling. The archive is home to the oral interviews, personal papers and associated material from prominent Scottish politicians. For further information about the work of the archive please visit our website www.scottishpoliticalarchive.org.uk

Better Together campaign leaflet, April 2013

Accession Number:spa.943.4.1

Better Together were one of the No campaign groups for the 2014 referendum.

The Scottish Political Archive is housed at the University of Stirling. The archive is home to the oral interviews, personal papers and associated material from prominent Scottish politicians. For further information about the work of the archive please visit our website www.scottishpoliticalarchive.org.uk

YesScotland meeting in Dunblane, April 2013

Accession Number:spa.934.11
L-R Dennis Canavan, Graham Housten, Blair Jenkins and Ed Campbell.

YesScotland meeting at the Victoria Halls in Dunblane on 19th April 2013. Speakers were Blair Jenkins (Chief Executive YesScotland) and Dennis Canavan (Chair YesScotland). The meeting was chaired by Stirling Councillor Graham Housten.

Yes Scotland were one of the Yes campaign groups for the 2014 referendum. The campaign was launched on Friday 25th May 2012 at Cineworld, Fountain Park, Edinburgh.

The Scottish Political Archive is housed at the University of Stirling. The archive is home to the oral interviews, personal papers and associated material from prominent Scottish politicians. For further information about the work of the archive please visit our website www.scottishpoliticalarchive.org.uk

Labour for Independence leaflet, March 2013

Accession Number:spa.927.1

Labour for independence are “a political organisation
which supports a “YES” vote in the Scottish independence referendum. We are working within the Labour party to promote the benefits that
independence would bring to the people of Scotland”.

The Scottish Political Archive is housed at the University of Stirling. The archive is home to the oral interviews, personal papers and associated material from prominent Scottish politicians. For further information about the work of the archive please visit our website www.scottishpoliticalarchive.org.uk

SPA and the Referendum Campaign

Apart from examining the two devolution referendums and collecting campaign material on the next one, we are also making academic analyses of the independence referendum campaign. Out latest conference paper by SPA participants is here – http://www.studyingpolitics.com/2013/UploadedPaperPDFs/95_164.pdf

Let Scotland Decide debate at the University of Stirling

The University of Stirling invites you to join us for a thrilling debate on Scottish independence.   Note that audience members are asked to submit questions in advance to the email address below.

Chaired by James Naughtie, the University’s Chancellor and well-known BBC broadcaster, our panellists will include:

Professor David Bell, Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling and a research fellow for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) on the Future of Scotland and the UK.

Professor Paul Cairney, Professor of Politics and Public Policy and specialist in Scottish Policy, Department of History & Politics, University of Stirling.

Mrs Anne McGuire, Member of Parliament for Stirling – representing the Better Together campaign.

Mr Rob Shorthouse, alumnus of the University of Stirling and former President of the Students’ Union – representing the Better Together campaign.

Ms Gail Lythgoe, Executive Assistant – representing the Yes Scotland campaign.

A second panellist for Yes Scotland will be confirmed shortly.

Venue: Logie Lecture Theatre RSVP: The event is free and open to all, but this is a popular event so places should be reserved at 01786 467033 or, email: externalaffairs@stir.ac.uk

Invitation to attend Democracy Max Event at the University of Stirling

Monday 18th March, 2013

6-8pm

Pathfoot Building, University of Stirling

 

Should we all have a day off a week paid for by the government to use the internet and comment on current affairs?

ERS Scotland and the University of Stirling invite you to discuss this and other issues relating to the role of the media, lobbyists, corporations and information sharing in our democracy.

“Defending our Democracy: How do we stop vested interests having too much influence?”

As part of our Democracy Max inquiry, ERS Scotland has asked the people of Scotland for their ideasat a day long deliberative discussion: The People’s Gathering. Then, each chapter of the findings of the People’s Gathering is being discussed by a roundtable of academics, commentators, campaigners and community activists.

We’re at the end of stage two of the process and we want to hear your thoughts and ideas at an interactive conversation and discussion event.

Some of the questions asked during the Defending our Democracy phase of the inquiry include:

The internet: good or bad? Does un-filtered information mean we are better informed or ill-informed? Is the internet just another tool of inequality? Or does the internet provide for equal peer-to-peer sharing of information and opinions in a way that is empowering and improves our democracy?

What is journalism in the 21st century? Do we need a state regulator to monitor press standards? Will any of this matter in a few years’ time given the decline of print media?

What is the the role of freedom of information in a democracy? Who are the interest groups and lobbyists that influence how and when we have access to the information needed to make informed decisions and to influence policy-making?

On Monday 18th March, ERS Scotland and Rob Edwards, the chair of the Defending our Democracy roundtable, will present our dicussions so far and invite attendees to deliberate with us and each other as to the importance and impact of the findings and to think about what, if any, of the interventions we might propose as an improvement to Scotand’s democracy.

To sign up to attend please visit this website http://defendingourdemocracy.eventbrite.co.uk