SNP conference highlights – Day 1, Thursday 20 October

by Oct 20, 2011 No Comments

Good morning, and welcome to Holyrood‘s daily digest of the SNP conference. Follow @HolyroodMandy on twitter for updates from the conference hall, and keep an eye on our blog for news updates from speeches and fringe events.



Session 1

14.00: Welcome address by Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister

14.20: Panel on progress in local government, chaired by Bruce Crawford MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Parliament

15.00: Address by Elin Jones AM, Plaid Cymru

15.15: Resolutions -

1) International relations strategy

“Conference believes that an independent Scotland would be a force for good in the world…”

Jamie Hepburn MSP & Julie Hepburn, Political Education Convener

2) Foreign language skills

“Conference believes that the decline of foreign language skills among young Scots represents a threat to Scotland’s economic and cultural future…”

Edinburgh Newington and Southside branch

3) European Free Alliance

“…the SNP should continue to work closely with independence-seeking political parties in the lead-up to the independence referendum…”

Ian Hudghton MEP & Colin Keir MSP

4) European Peace Corps

“Conference welcomes the first pilot projects of the new European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps…”

Alyn Smith MEP & Linda Fabiani MSP

5) Student Exchanges – ‘Year of Outgoing’

“Conference notes the benefits of Erasmus and other student exchange programmes…”

Federation of Student Nationalists

6) Scotland’s improving engagement with Europe and the EU

“Conference recalls and reaffirms its previous resolution in favour of the introduction of a tax on financial transactions…”

Alyn Smith MEP & Angus Robertson MP

16.45: Address by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs



17.30 – 18.30

A just Scotland: Ideas for a modern constitution

Alyn Smith MEP & Constitutional Commission

Playhouse Cinema, Ground floor, Eden Court Theatre



Can Scotland’s problem of reoffending every be solved?

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Justice Secretary & Laurie Russell, Chief Executive, the Wise Group

Jim Love Studio, 1st floor, Eden Court Theatre



Will the Scottish Government’s route map for renewable energy meet the energy needs of the future?

Rob Gibson MSP & Professor Patrick Corbett, Heriot-Watt University

Studio 2, 2nd floor, Eden Court Theatre

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