Upcoming Branch meetings: View, or subscribe to, the Branch calendar

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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Meeting Dates:


April 10 – Professor Sir Tom Devine, Professor Emeritus in the University of Edinburgh will join us for a Q&A

March 13 – to be arranged

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 Andrew Wilson, Chair of the Sustainable Growth Commission will talk about the Sustainable Growth Commission report.


December 12 – Screening ofNae 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)

June 13 – Chris Bambery & George Kerevan

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’

January 9 – Graeme McCormick. Graeme has campaigned for and spoken in support of land rents at previous SNP Conferences.

‘Annual Ground Rent – a new method of funding public services’


December 13 – To be arranged.

November 8Hannah Bardell MP

October 11 – Beatrix Campbell

“End of Equality: neo-liberalism and the new world order”

September 13 – Campaign Against Arms Trade

August 9Gillian Martin MSP

“Understanding the regions who voted No, so we can turn them to Yes!”

July 12 Jolyon Maugham QC, Tax Barrister, Devereux Chambers, Writer of the ‘Waiting for Tax’ Blog. Organiser of the Crowdfunder that enabled the Dublin High Court Article 50 case.

“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.

April 12 – Paul Kavanagh, writer of the ‘Wee Ginger Dug‘ Blog.

March 8  Professor Manuel Hassassian, Ambassador for Palestine.

February 8 – Chris Bambery, assistant to George Kerevan MP, author of “A people’s history of Scotland” in 2014.

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

13 September – Owen Jones, campaigning journalist and recent interviewer of Mhairi Black MP

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.

Past meetings:


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.