Thursday 28th August Meeting – Scotland’s Referendum

Join us on Thursday 28th August for an evening of debate as we host our PBN Referendum Meeting at The George Hotel. 

Registration 6-6.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm
Speakers will do a 5-10 minute presentation followed by the debate.
Finish time approx 9pm

The big question on everyone’s lips at the moment has to be the referendum. Never before in British or Scottish history have we had the opportunity to take such direct action in terms of our country’s future.

With this opportunity of course, comes great responsibility and it is anticipated the Scots will come out to vote in numbers that we’ve never seen before. How them do you ensure you have all the relevant information to play your part in making such a momentous decision?

We have decided therefore, to invite two prominent figures in the debate to speak to our members and guests and give them an opportunity to ask questions and join in the debate. Our August meeting is an exciting Referendum Event with Pete Wishart MP on the side of YES and Elizabeth Smith Conservative MSP on the side of NO.

Elizabeth Smith MSP – NO Campaign

Liz Smith was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2007 as one of three Regional Conservative Members for Mid Scotland and Fife and she was re-elected in 2011.   Having been the Party’s Education Spokesman in the period 2007-13, she is currently the Party Spokesman for Culture, Sport and Young People with additional responsibilities for policy development within the parliamentary party.

She is an elected member of the Parliament’s Corporate Body, is Chairman of the Cross Party Committee on Colleges and Universities and also a convenor of the Cross Party group on Sport at Holyrood as a result of her strong commitment to outdoor education and to developing more extra-curricular activities for all young people.

Liz SmithLiz lives at Madderty in South Perthshire.   She was educated at George Watson’s College and holds an Honours Degree in Economics and Politics and a Diploma in Education from the University of Edinburgh.

She returned to George Watson’s College in 1983 to teach Economics and Modern Studies and in 1992 became a Fellow Commoner at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge whilst she undertook some academic research in politics.   In 1998 she left teaching to work as Political Advisor to Sir Malcolm Rifkind and between autumn 2001 and autumn 2003 she was Head of the Chairman’s Office in Scottish Conservative Central Office.

Outside politics, Liz is a keen sportswoman with particular interest in cricket and hill-walking. She won seven caps with the Scottish Ladies’ Cricket XI and is currently President of the Scottish Women’s Cricket Association.    On account of her completing all of the 283 peaks in Scotland over 3,000 feet, she is an official Munroist and has also taken part in several mountaineering expeditions to the Alps and Himalayas.

Liz’s other interests include travel, photography, listening to classical music and cooking and writing (joint author of “Outdoor Adventures” published in October 2003 and the history of George Watson’s Ladies’ College published in autumn 2006).

Pete Wishart MP – YES Campaign

Born in Dunfermline in 1962, Pete was educated at Queen Anne High School and Moray House College, Edinburgh. He lives in Perth and has one son and enjoys walking in the Perthshire hills.

Pete was the SNP Chief Whip at Westminster from 2001-2007 and is currently the Westminster Spokesperson for Home Affairs and Culture, Media and Sport.Pete Wishart

Pete was, for 15 years, a member of the internationally successful Scottish group Runrig. He is a trained Community Worker and has been a Director of the Fast Forward charity that promotes healthy lifestyles for young people. He was a member of the Scotland Against Drugs Campaign Committee and has contributed to many national forums looking at the problem of drugs within Scottish society. Still maintaining an interest in music Pete currently plays with the cross party rock band, MP4, raising money for good causes.

First elected in 2001 as Member of Parliament for North Tayside, Pete is currently Member of Parliament for the Perth and North Perthshire seat, with a majority of 4,379 over the Conservatives.

With only three weeks to go to the big day itself, this is certain to be a passionate and interesting event!


Members – £16.00

Non-Members – £20.00


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