Build: Scottish Independence Convention 2017 – highlights and talks from the event that kicked off new campaign for Scottish Independence

The following are key speeches, along with a few highlights, from the sold out, Scottish Independence Convention 2017, that took place in Glasgow, Scotland, in January 2017, and kicked off a new campaign for Scottish Independence.


A team of six volunteers live streamed and filmed this important event. Much of the video material has been edited by our post-production team and is now presented below, although not in the original running order of the day’s events.

The purpose of this post is to provide a single page through which this informative material, that we have produced and edited, can be easily accessed.

Editing a full day’s worth of video material is quite a big task and it is not intended that the material below is seen as fully representative of what was an extremely full and diverse event.

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Stewart Kirkpatrick – YES Scotland

YES Scotland’s former Digital Operations Manager, Stewart Kirkpatrick, told the capacity audience:

“We will need to be ready for the next referendum because there is one certainty about it. This is going to sound weird, but the certainty about the next referendum is that it will not be as easy as it was last time. Because this time the other lot know that we can win from the get go. They might have been chaotic and a bit hilarious last time. Next time they will be professional and they’ve got lots of money and they’ve got lots of friends in the media. So we are going to have to be clever if we want to win. I’m here to tell you that we are going to win”


See Stewart Kirkpatrick’s full talk below:


Maggie Chapman – Scottish Green Party

Scottish Green co-convenor, Maggie Chapman, thanking Nicola Sturgeon for making immigrants welcome, and also highlighting why it is imperative that Scotland gains independence from the British state, saying:

“The British state has been completely captured by a neo-liberal elite determined to run down public services in the interests of private profit.


Maggie Chapman – Scottish Green Party & Angela Constance MSP – Scottish National Party (SNP)

Cat Boyd – Radical Independence Campaign

Drawing on years of experience as a Scottish trade union activist and her involvement with the Radical Independence Campaign, Cat Boyd, suggested to the Convention (#SIC2017) that to win next time, the YES movement must renew, reorganise and expand:

“… it’s not going to be us, in this room, that win that second referendum. Instead, every single one of us has a responsibility to go out of here and find new leaders for our movement…it means extending a hand to people who might not have been convinced last time …”


See Cat Boyd’s full talk below:

Tommy Sheppard MP – Scottish National Party

Scottish National Party (SNP) MP, Tommy Sheppard, received loud applause when he suggested that the Scottish independence movement does away with uncertainty over the currency question and called for a clear position: to implement a Scottish central bank and Scottish currency. Mr Sheppard said:

“I think also the time has come to say that if we want our own government which is capable of investing in our economy and making sure we develop and modernise our industry to the extent that it can be, then that government is going to have to have a central bank behind it, that is under its own control and we are going to have to have our own currency in order to pay for it.”


See Tommy Sheppard’s full talk below:

Lesley Orr – Women for Independence

Richard Walker – The National

Richard Walker is one of the funders of The National – Scotland’s only pro-independence daily newspaper and – and Sunday Herald newspapers.

Sarah Beattie Smith – Scottish Green Party

Beattie Smith is an active Scottish Green party member and Scottish independence activist.

Robin McAlpine – Common Weal

Director of think-and-do tank, Common Weal, Robin McAlpine, appeals to the capacity Convention for feedback to many of the key questions that the independence movement faces in the build-up to another referendum. McAlpine focuses on how to best move forward to meaningful Scottish independence.

On the issue of developing a new Scottish constitution, McAlpine says that:

“I take this from constitutional expert, Elliot Bulmer, who said that in most cases the process of building a constitution is more important than the constitution itself.”


View Robin McAlpine’s full talk below:

Patrick Harvie MSP – Scottish Green Party

Scottish Member of Parliament and Co-convener of the Green party, Partick Harvie.

John McHarg & Tony McCandless – Yes2

John McHarg & Tony McCandless from the Yes2 movement give their insights about the 2014 referendum and future for the YES movement.

 Dr Craig Dalzell – Common Weal

Dr Dalzell delivers an interesting presentation on the political and demographic make-up of Yes and No supporters, based on all the available data that he could locate.

Video production by the IndyLive team
Music by Gavin Taylor
Post production by Gavin Taylor and Mike Edwards

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