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Scotlandsfest 2019: Constitutional change and political will

  • Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh United Kingdom (map)

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit

Former First Minister and author of People, Politics, Parliament Henry McLeish reflects on 20 years of a devolved Scottish Parliament. An advocate of proportional representation and constitutional change, he is joined by Andrew Conway, whose How Scotland Works dismantles barriers of political jargon and misinformation for citizens.

HENRY McLEISH was elected as a member of the UK Parliament in 1987 and acted as Minister for Devolution and Home Affairs in the Labour government from 1997 to 1999. In the first Scottish Parliament he was Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning from 1999, and in 2000 he became First Minister of Scotland until 2001. Retiring from politics in 2003, he is now an adviser, consultant, writer, author and broadcaster, and lectures in the USA and elsewhere on the European Union and politics.

ANDREW CONWAY has a PhD in astrophysics and was awarded a medal for his work on NASA's RHESSI mission. He has founded two companies as an entrepreneur and was Chief Scientific Officer for the data engine behind the UK government's ActOnCO2 campaign. At the Open University he honed his skills in explaining difficult concepts to people from all backgrounds.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.