Politicians set for indy grilling from Kirkcaldy kids

Anas Sarwar MP and deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party.

Anas Sarwar MP and deputy leader of the Scottish Labour party.

A major political event aimed at teenagers in Fife is to be held in Kirkcaldy and broadcast across Scotland in a special one-hour radio show.

The Referendum Debate for Fife Schools is being hosted by Forth FM and chaired by their political editor, Colin MacKay, in St Bryce Kirk, Kirkcaldy on Monday February 10 at 11.00 a.m.

All 19 secondary schools in Fife have been invited to attend, with an expected audience on the day of approximately 400 teenagers.

The event has been organised by Marie Penman, who works in further education, who believes every young person deserves to hear a fair and balanced debate about September’s referendum, which will ask the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”

“For the first time ever, 16 and 17-year-olds are being allowed to vote, and no pressure, but it’s in a referendum that will decide the future of their country!” Marie said.

“They have every right to hear what the politicians have to say on this and we’ve managed to pull together a first-class panel for the debate.”

There will be two representatives from Better Together and two from the Yes Campaign, answering questions submitted by the teenage members of the audience.

The panel will include Ruth Davidson MSP (Conservative), Anas Sarwar MP (Labour), Patrick Harvie MSP (Greens) and Fiona Hyslop MSP (SNP).

Colin MacKay from Forth FM is delighted to be involved: “It’s an exciting opportunity to find out what first time voters are thinking about it.

“Young people tend to ask politicians pretty direct and tough questions so this is a great chance for them to put leaders from both Yes and No campaigns on the spot.”

The debate will be broadcast on Sunday February 16 on Scotland’s Talk-in from 11.00 a.m. on Radio Forth, Tay, Clyde, Northsound and Westsound.




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