Another packed agenda even following the new meeting format where we try to keep branch internal business to the barest minimum and allow maximum time for debate and speakers. Another slight change this month where we started the meeting with our guest speaker.
Speaker: Paul Daly of Amnesty International
This month it was Paul Daly, Advocacy and Activism Officer for the Scotland office of Amnesty International. Paul gave us an insight into the role of Amnesty, how they identify campaigns to take up and their interaction with Government both Scottish and UK. The AI is strictly non partisan and has on occasions brought up issues where concerns have been identified on matters of Scottish Government Policy.
However it was heartening to hear that the SNP is one of the easier parties to deal with in the Scottish parliament as human Rights are firmly entrenched in both the parties ethos and the Scottish Government. Thanks to Paul for the talk.
Debate and Discussion: Stirling Council
With the Stirling Council Election looming large, it should be no surprise that much of the branch discussion was round the activities of Stirling Council. The opaque competitive tendering process unnecessarily entered into by the Tory/Labour Administration to privatise Sports and Leisure Service with a private firm based in Leicestershire, was particularly high on the agenda. The council meeting to push this unhappy and unnecessary arrangement through the books takes place tonight at Stirling Council’s Viewforth Offices. The Stirling SNP Council Group will be firmly opposing the proposal as not in the best interest of Stirling’s people and budgets.
Also discussed was the situation around the Stirling Winter Festival, lack of a focal point for New Year on the Esplanade ( or elsewhere ), Christmas Lighting, Schools Grounds, Libraries and housing. I think it is fair to say an invigorating debate was held on all these points.
Whats on this month
Finally other branch business as per the circulated Agenda was carried out before we broke up for the evening. A number of forthcoming events were intimated:
- There is Burns Celebration on Friday 10th at 19:30 until 23:30 at £10 per head, at Bannockburn House ( Not an SNP related event) in aid of the Bannockburn House Trust ( see details on our facebook page.)
- Our Annual Robert the Bruce Dinner is on the 3rd March at the Golden Lion Hotel, tickets via Eventbrite.
- The next branch Meeting is on Wednesday the 8th March at the Golden Lion Hotel.
- There will be a Constituency Association Adoption event to introduce the Stirling Council SNP candidates on Thursday the 9th March
And of course watch your email and our facebook page for details of campaigning events in the area.