Other events

Other upcoming events of potential interest to members:


13 January: Branch Committee meeting


30 September: Branch Committee meeting


11 November: Memorial service for Jeff Duncan
Sad news about the passing of Jeff Duncan. Many members will remember Jeff as the organiser of the Save the Scottish Regiments Marches and of course the huge YES rallies in 2012 and 2013. Jeff died earlier this year following a short battle with a very aggressive cancer.
There will be a memorial and celebration of his life on 11 November from 12 noon to 3pm.

The venue will be the Black Watch Club, Arthurstone Terrace, Dundee DD4 6RS. For further information, please contact  allan.hendry37@btinternet.com, mobile 07733 228547 or annemcmillan20@gmail.com, mobile 07488 275428. The remembrance will be led by Alex Salmond.

January 30: Brexit in the Supreme Court: the Case of the Century

Register for the event.

This is the constitutional case of the century. Two sets of appeals come together, Miller from London and McCord from Belfast. If the Supreme Court upholds the High Court decision in Miller, the government will have to introduce legislation at Westminster before it can trigger Article 50. An expert panel of lawyers discuss the reasoning behind the court’s judgement, public and press reaction, and the constitutional implications.


Joshua Rozenberg, Chair; & Presenter, BBC Law in Action

Sir Stephen Laws, former First Parliamentary Counsel

Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Queen Mary University of London

Jessica Simor QC, Counsel in the Supreme Court appeal

1:00pm Seminar starts
2:30pm Seminar ends

January 21Womens March London

The election of Donald Trump in the USA has led to
renewed fears that hard-won women’s rights may come under attack from
legislators there. Trump is nothing if not unpredictable and many economists,
civil rights campaigners and others continue to struggle to predict just
exactly how he will handle executive power from January 20th. It
goes without saying that the vast majority of progressive voices are not
optimistic in the least. There are a series of global marches on US embassies
to make it heard, loud and clear, that hard-won rights will not just be
legislated away without a fight.


December 11  The next branch committee meeting will be held at The Hoop and Grapes, on Sunday December 11th from 2pm. All branch members are welcome to attend.

November 22 After our highly successful women-only visit to the House of Commons in June, Branch Women’s Officer Julie Duncan has arranged for another Commons visit. This visit will be open to all, and will be held at  7.30pm. It will be hosted by Alison Thewliss, MP for Glasgow Central. You will need to register in advance for this meeting – please contact Julie Duncan on joolsduncan@aol.com. Guests are welcome.

November 15 Our Clapham-based SNP call centre is due to start up again on Tuesday January 17th, from 5.30pm. This is a great opportunity to make a practical contribution to the independence cause. The call centre is just two minutes from Clapham Common tube station, and training is always available. For more details, contact Russell McLean on 07824 482188

November 11  England v Scotland Football Friday 11 November 7.45pm: the branch has booked the upstairs room at The Ship, 68 Borough Road, London SE1 1DX for the evening. http://www.shipborough.co.uk  Members and friends can meet any time after 7pm. Your contact on the night is Branch Secretary, Adam Singer, 07813 204607.

June 25 – Pride in London

Join London Branch SNP at Pride in London this year to continue the celebration of LGBTI communities and the progress we have made.

We are meeting on 25th June from noon at The Albany next to Great Portland Street station.

The Parade starts at 1300, however there is a staggered start to the Parade and we will likely start after that time.

We will be joined in the parade by a piper and plenty of colour, but please feel free to bring along your own contribution. Expect kilts, flags and noise through the Parade from the Party that has proudly delivered Scotland the best LGBTI legal rights in Europe.

We will arrive in Trafalgar Square at the top of Whitehall roughly 90 minutes after departing from Portland Place. From there people are welcome to stay with the group to enjoy and partake in the festivities in Trafalgar Square and Soho or do their own thing.

The Albany have a range of non-alcoholic drinks as well as many craft beers, and their kitchen will be open for food. Please ask the manager for the SNP group if you cannot spot the kilts and bagpiper!

Everyone is welcome, LGBTI or ally.

(Please RSVP if you’re planning to attend, and I can make you aware of any changes that may crop up.)

June 25, 2016 at 11:45am – 4:15pm
Meet at The Albany
240 Great Portland St
London W1W 5QU
United Kingdom
Google map and directions
7 June – Women-only visit to the House of Commons hosted by Alison Thewliss, MP

Please contact joolsduncan@aol.com for details.

7 June –  St Columba’s Debate on the EU Referendum, 7.30pm.

Our Chair for the evening is Alastair Stewart of ITV News. The panel will be Lord Forsyth of Drumlean (Conservative) with Kate Hoey MP (Labour) supporting the Leave campaign and Pat McFadden MP (Labour) with Harriett Baldwin MP (Conservative) supporting the Remain campaign.

If you are interested in coming to the debate you can obtain tickets after morning Services, from the Church office or by post.  Tickets are priced at £3 each and cheques should be made out to St Columba’s Church of Scotland, including an extra £1 for postage. 
Please address any ticket requests to me at the following address:-
Susan Pym
c/o St Columba’s Church of Scotland
Pont Street
24 April –  Branch committee meeting at 2 p.m.

Venue will be the Hoop and Grapes, 80 Farringdon Street EC4A 4BL. All members are welcome.

12-13 March – SNP Spring Campaign Conference, SECC, Glasgow

This is your opportunity to be part of the launch of our election campaign, experience the buzz of a major party event, and be first to hear the SNP’s ideas and policies for moving Scotland forward in a historic third term of office. Nicola Sturgeon, Stewart Hosie and John Swinney will be among the keynote speakers, and you’ll be there for every second of it.

How to book

Members wishing to attend can book either as branch delegates or member visitors. Branch delegates have voting rights at Conference and you should contact the Branch secretary to register, secretary at londonsnp dot com.

Hotel accommodation
We’ve organised discounted hotel rates with the Glasgow Convention Bureau. Go to the booking portal to book your accommodation.

Conference Fringe
In addition to the main Conference sessions there is a bustling Fringe programme including a busy exhibition area, fringe meetings hosted by external organisations, and the chance to wind down and socialise at the many informal events in the evenings.

29 February – Scotland and the UK in the EU; a keynote speech by Nicola Sturgeon

At an event hosted by the Resolution Foundation at St John’s Smith Square in Westminster, the First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party will deliver a keynote address on the benefits of EU membership for work and living standards.

The First Minister will take part in a Q&A session with gathered guests. Please register now to avoid disappointment as we expect interest to be extremely high.

27 February – Stop Trident Demonstration in Central London.

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that she’ll be speaking at the demonstration. There should be a fair few of us from London branch there – (and partners, friends, dogs etc. are all welcome too!) – watch this space for details on when and where we’ll be meeting.

Meeting Time: 11:00, Saturday 27th February (from here we’ll make our way to the start point at 11:30/45.

Location: Southeast corner of Portman Square (across from the Nationwide Building Society and near the Selfridges department store)

GPS Postcode: W1H 6LZ

Google Maps: http://bit.ly/1RTN3DZ

Nearest Tubes: Bond Street, Marble Arch

Nearby Bus Routes: 2, 13, 30, 74, 82, 113, 189, 274

Contacts: Please feel free to contact Norman, Victoria (07437 447473), or Julie (07411 733211) with any questions.

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