'Honest' Referendum Talk for East Lothian Youngsters
1st October 2014

SENIORS pupils from East Lothian Schools have taken part in a ‘question time’ panel discussion about the Scottish independence referendum.

Representatives from both sides of the campaign were questioned by first-time voters at the ‘Honest Talk’  - a discussion which took place in the Loretto School Theatre. The joint venture, organised by Loretto School and Musselburgh Grammar School attracted senior pupils from Dunbar Grammar School, Loretto School, Mary Erskine, Musselburgh Grammar School, North Berwick High School, Preston Lodge High School and Ross High School.

The all-female panel was;


Fiona O’Donnell MP Member of Parliament for East Lothian

Ruth McKay, entrepreneur, UNIQ Marketing Solutions

Talat Yaqoob, community organiser



Elaine C Smith, activist and actress

Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh, lawyer

Cat Boyd, Radical Independence Campaign


NOT PROVEN: Jackie Kemp, author and journalist


Chair: Serena Kutchinsky, journalist, Prospect magazine

Jonathan Hewat, Director of External Affairs at Loretto School, said: “Young people over the age of 16 are eligible to vote on 18 September in the referendum. With just a few days to go, it’s important that they get the opportunity to hear from both sides and that we encourage them to use their vote."

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