Details of future Branch meetings and social events are available on the Branch’s Google calendar, see below. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at St Anne’s Church 55 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 6AF, UK.
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Details of upcoming meetings are also listed below. :
‘Getting Independence Right: The Case for Gradualism’
December 11 – Film showing followed by further discussion about Branch campaigning in the future General Election and Independence Referendum.
November 13 – Women for Independence
‘Where are we now? – The status of the other Westminster political parties currently’
September 11 – Extinction Rebellion
August 14 – CANCELLED – Gerry Hassan, Scottish writer, commentator and academic. He is currently Senior Research Fellow in contemporary Scottish history at the University of Dundee
‘Scotland: the Past 20 and Future 20 Years’
‘The Growth Commission and Scotland’s Economy’ CANCELLED.
If votes at the House of Commons allow Alison Thewliss MP will speak to the Branch.
June 12 – ‘My journey from No to Yes’
Several members will talk about their transition from ‘No’ to ‘Yes’ followed by a question and answer session.
May 8 – Isabel Hilton, international journalist and broadcaster, founder and editor of chinadialogue.net, a non-profit, fully bilingual online publication based in London, Beijing, and Delhi that focuses on the environment and climate change.
‘Inverting history: Scotland’s shifting relations with China ‘
April 3 – Andrew Wilson, economist, former politician, and communications strategist.
‘The Growth Commission’
Andrew was the Chairman of the Sustainable Growth Commission that produced the “SCOTLAND – THE NEW CASE FOR OPTIMISM: A strategy for inter-generational economic renaissance” report for the Scottish Government.
A Branch discussion of Spring Conference motions will take place instead.
February 13 – Dr Martin Moore, Senior Lecturer in Political Communication Education, Director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power at King’s College London.
January 9 – Group discussion on current political events including Brexit and the prospects for a second Scottish independence referendum.
December 12 – Screening of ‘Nae Pasaran‘.
The film reveals for the first time the incredible impact made by Scottish factory workers 40 years ago against one of the most repressive dictatorships of the 20th century.
40 years after their defiant stand in protest against Pinochet’s Air Force in Chile, Scottish pensioners discover the dramatic consequences of their solidarity.
We hope that many people will be able to come and see this inspiring film.
November 14 – Professor Sir Michael Marmot ‘Social Determinants of Health’
Professor Sir Michael Marmot is one of the leading voices in the world on the social determinants of health, and served as president of the British Medical Association from 2010 to 2011, and is the new president of the British Lung Foundation.
October 10 – Ian Dunt – Editor of Politics.co.uk ‘Brexit’. Chaired by Alyn Smith MEP.
September 12 – Branch discussion meeting
August 8 – We are showing a series of films at this branch meeting. The “Nation” films have been produced by a tenacious and successful new media channel in Scotland called Phantom Power (some of you may follow them on Facebook, Twitter etc.) and show just how some of Scotland’s smaller neighbours make their own (rather successful) way in the world. Presented by the ever-engaging Lesley Riddoch, they have certainly caused a lot of good debate at Yes groups and SNP branch meetings north of the border. They are roughly 40 mins each in length and they have produced a film on the Faroes and Iceland so far..
People are welcome to bring their own drinks, including alcohol, or food to St. Anne’s (there are lots of glasses and crockery available).
The meeting starts at 730pm as usual (next Wednesday, 8th August) and is upstairs in the Allen Room at St. Anne’s in Dean Street. All welcome, so feel free to bring anyone along.
Look forward to seeing you there!
July 11 – Morag Fulton (SNP Disabled Members’ Group)
Book launch: ‘Catalonia Reborn: ‘How Catalonia took on the Corrupt Spanish State and the Legacy of Franco’
May 9 – Pat Kane ‘The Nordic Secret – and What It Can Teach Scottish Independence Politics’
The slides from Pat’s talk are now available.
April 11 – Professor Tanja Bueltmann ‘Global Scotland: From Partners in Empire to Brexit’
March 14 – Selina Hales ‘Refuweegee’
February 14 – Dr Fern Insh
‘An Introduction to #LeaderImage’
‘Annual Ground Rent – a new method of funding public services’
December 13 – To be arranged.
November 8 – Hannah Bardell MP
October 11 – Beatrix Campbell
“End of Equality: neo-liberalism and the new world order”
September 13 – Campaign Against Arms Trade
August 9 – Gillian Martin MSP
“Understanding the regions who voted No, so we can turn them to Yes!”
“Brexit, Where Next?”
June 21 – Kenny MacAskill, former Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the Scottish Parliament.
“Reflections on a career in Scottish politics and being Cabinet Secretary for Justice in the wake of the Lockerbie bombing”
May 10 – Gordon Guthrie
“Winning The Second Independence Referendum: A Manifesto For Scotland In the European Union After Brexit”
Gordon’s eBook on the same topic is available from the Amazon Kindle Store.
March 8 – Professor Manuel Hassassian, Ambassador for Palestine.
January 11 – Stephen Bush, special correspondent at the New Statesman:
“2017 and all that: the year ahead”
13 December – Members only event
8 November – Graham Campbell, who organised the Africans for Independence campaign in the 2014 referendum and was the Editor of the Scottish Left Review ‘Black Scotland’ edition will be our speaker. We will also have a representative from Black Lives Matter UK.
The Palestinian ambassador had to cancel at short notice. We hope that he will be able to speak at another meeting early in 2017. The Branch would like to thank Graham for agreeing to speak at short notice.
11 October – Gerry Hassan, Writer, commentator and thinker about Scotland, the UK, politics and ideas and Research Fellow in cultural policy at the University of the West of Scotland
6 September– SNP Depute Leader Hustings. Members only.
9 August – Dr Stephen Mullen, Glasgow University ‘The truth about Glasgow and slavery’
12 July – Peter Tatchell, renowned Human Rights campaigner
14 June – David Wood, Chair of London Futurists
10 May – Post-Scottish Parliamentary Election Discussion
12 April – Susan Brand, Film Editor
Susan will be talking about ‘Women in the media’. Amongst other things, in the UK Susan worked on the BBC 2 BAFTA-nominated series ‘Wonders of the Universe’ and various successful productions for Channel 4, Channel 5, Vice & Al Jazeerah . In the USA, Susan worked for Oscar nominees Jonathan Stack and Rachel Grady, and was a lecturer at New York University.
8 March – Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas think-tank, will be speaking on issues affecting freedom of expression in British universities & the public sphere generally.
9 February – Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography of the School of Geography and the Environment of the University of Oxford and social geographer.
12 January – Angie Zelter, of Trident Ploughshares.
8 December – Richard Murphy, advocate of People’s QE, economics adviser to Jeremy Corbyn, and expert on countering tax avoidance.
10 November – John McDermott, Financial Times commentator and ex-advisor in the No.10 Downing Street Policy Unit.
13 October –Michael Gardiner, Professor of English at Warwick University and regular contributor to Bella Caledonia. Michael will be talking about British sovereignty and its implications for Scotland. Michael has written numerous books, including ‘Modern Scottish Culture’ and ‘From Trocchi to Trainspotting’ which analyses the work of many Scottish writers – including Muriel Spark, Janice Galloway, James Kelman and Irvine Welsh.