Change to line-up for independence meeting

A public meeting run by the Yes campaign to debate independence will be held in Cove tonight.

The event in Cove Burgh Hall was billed as featuring speakers Jim Mather, visiting professor at Strathclyde University, Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, Women for Independence, and David Cowey, worker within the oil industry.

The speakers will put the case for independence, followed by questions from the audience.

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On Monday the organisers were questioned about whether Mr Mather, a former SNP MSP and enterprise minister, was speaking in his capacity as a university professor.

They replied that Professor Mather had withdrawn from speaking at the meeting in Cove and would be replaced by Graeme McCormick, who will be speaking on behalf of Business for Scotland.

And Mr Mather later added: “I only ever speak in my capacity as a citizen on my own behalf and in this case the flyer has been overtaken by events – as I withdrew from the event two weeks ago.”

Mr McCormick is a former SNP General Election candidate and Tasmina Sheikh is an SNP candidate in the forthcoming European elections.

The meeting will start at 7.30pm tonight (Wednesday April 30).

The University of Strathclyde has not responded to a request for a comment; last week the university was one of those which withdrew from the CBI because that organisation’s stated opposition to independence for Scotland clashed with their desire to remain neutral.

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