The 2014 European Elections in Scotland: What is at stake?
With the European Elections coming up next year, the European Parliament Office in Edinburgh decided to sit down with some experts and see what is at stake for Scotland.
Paola Buonadonna kicked of the event, attended by around 80 people welcoming them to the wonderful Conference Room in the recently renovated building at High School Yards in Edinburgh. Afterwards Professor Charlie Jeffery from the University of Edinburgh offered the public an analysis on the state of public opinion in the UK and Scotland towards the EU based on England and Its Two Unions , an IPPR paper he has written together with several colleagues, the link to which can be found below.
Ms Buonadonna was joined afterwards by Dr Michael Shackleton, former Head of the European Parliament Office in London as they had a conversation about the UK media's view of the EU story, followed by Q&A. The first panel debate on the election followed with Cameron Buchanan, Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Lord Jeremy Purvis, Liberal Democrat working peer, Alyn Smith, Member of the European Parliament for the Scottish National Party and Asim Khan, Labour Party candidate for the forthcoming European Elections. They discussed how the political race will evolve and whether or not the elections will be overshadowed by the Independence Referendum.
After the coffee break the second panel, and last activity of the day, was up. Professor John Peterson from the University of Edinburgh, Dr Michael Shackleton and Sir Tam Dalyell who is a former Member of Parliament for West Lothian has a very vibrant talk about how this election differs from previous ones and how the campaign will follow suit.