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Scottish independence: Yes Scotland campaign seeks teenager to join board

The Yes Scotland campaign is seeking teenager for board. Picture: TSPL

The Yes Scotland campaign is seeking teenager for board. Picture: TSPL

  • by EMMA COWING
 

THE Yes Scotland campaign is advertising for a teenager to sit on its advisory board to help shape its approach to the independence referendum.

The group, which is leading the campaign to persude Scots to vote for independence, wants a 16- or 17-year-old to join the organisation to help advise on the age group, which will be allowed to vote in the 2014 ballot.

An advert urging teens to apply has been posted on the organisation’s website as well as on social media.

It states: “This is the first time 16- and 17-year-olds can vote in Scotland and we want a first-time voter on our board to advise us.

“The voices of young people are important in this debate. You are the leaders of tomorrow and Yes values your vision for Scotland.”

The initiative has emerged in advance of a speech by Nicola Sturgeon today in which she will say that independence is the only route to a “better nation”.

The Deputy First Minister, who is leading the Scottish government’s independence drive, will say that Scots will not be able to choose the kind of society they want without voting Yes in the independence referendum.

Former Labour MSP Dennis Canavan, who is the chair of Yes Scotland’s advisory board, explained why they were recruiting a teenager.

He said: “We wholeheartedly endorsed the decision allowing 16- and 17-year-olds a vote in the historic referendum in two years’ time and this is the best and most logical way to acknowledge our support for, and our commitment to, a significant extension of democracy in Scotland.”

Other members of the advisory board include SNP depute leader Nicola Sturgeon, actress and comedian Elaine C Smith, chef Andrew Fairlie, musician Pat Kane and former Scottish Socialist Party MSP Colin Fox. A representative from the Scottish Green Party has also been invited to join.

Yes Scotland chief Blair Jenkins said: “The advisory board, at its last meeting, agreed unanimously to co-opt a 16- or 17-year-old. Unlike many on the anti-independence side who did not want 16- and 17-year-olds to have a vote, we firmly believe that younger people – who can pay tax, get married and serve in the Armed Forces – deserve to have a say in the future of their country.

“We fully support this, not because we think it will particularly favour one side of the debate or the other, but because it is the right, democratic and fair thing to do.”

Sturgeon will make her address to civic groups, business leaders and members of the international community in Glasgow, and say: “Our referendum may be asking only one question, but in truth Scotland faces two choices. The first is whether to bring the powers home to govern ourselves, or stick with UK governance. The second is what kind of society do we want to be? But we don’t get to make the second without making the first.”

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