An interesting evening of discussion and debate at Stirling Branch’s meeting at the Golden Lion Hotel.
by Lee Robb, Vice Convener, City of Stirling SNP
Nobody can claim that Richard Leonard has had an easy time of it since he was elected Leader of the Scottish Labour Party. From ill-informed speeches on the public nature of agencies like Scottish Water to woeful contributions at First Minister’s Questions, it’s clear that the fortunes of Labour in Scotland are not set to improve any time soon.
However, since Mr Leonard finally got around to assembling his own frontbench team at Holyrood, he has come under fire for one appointment in particular: an anti-gay marriage campaigner as Scottish Labour’s spokesperson on equality.
Elaine Smith MSP spent much of her time in 2013 warning the country that gay people getting married would cause unforeseen “problems for society overall.” At the time, she also predicted the arrival of legal polygamy which, according to her calculations, would come as a direct result of same-sex couples entering into civil marriages.
As if this weren’t enough to make clear Smith’s views on same-sex relationships, she offered yet more to her ‘I’m not homophobic, but…’ tirade by criticising the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill for not providing “freedom of speech” protections to people who would otherwise discriminate against gay couples.
It is therefore alarming that a person with such strong views against equal rights for gay people is now the chief policymaker on equality for Scottish Labour.
A Guid New Year!
Just a reminder that tonight is the Branch Meeting at the Golden Lion. Unfortunately no speaker again tonight, another call off, this time the speaker is ill so it is probably best we are not contributing to the spreading of the various bugs and illnesses going around just now, unnecessarily.
We hope to see you there.
As we move on towards the end of another year as ever here at Stirling SNP it is time to reflect on the year that was.
A short summary of November 2017’s Branch Meeting.
A well-attended branch meeting last night, City of Stirling Branch was pleased to welcome a presentation by Cameron Archibald on GERS, its pitfalls in methodology and flaws.
Morag Fulton, Equalities and disabilities officer of City of Stirling SNP Branch would like to invite all SNP members with or interested in disabilities to this month’s informal drop in session at the Burgh Coffee shop, King Street, Stirling, from 18:00 to 20:00 on Thursday Evening (5th Oct).
Most of you will already know that, following many months bravely battling cancer, branch member and friend Pam Jackson passed away last week. Pam’s memorial service will be on Friday 6th Oct at 1pm at Fintry Kirk. This is following a family service at the crematorium. There will then be a […]
At the recent AGM (Wednesday 13th September), the City of Stirling Branch of the SNP elected new office bearers, including a new Convener.
Morag Fulton, Vice convenor and equalities and disabilities officer of City of Stirling SNP Branch would like to invite all SNP members with or interested in disabilities to this month’s informal drop in session at the Burgh Coffee shop, King Street, Stirling, from 18:00 to 20:00 on Thursday Evening (7th […]