MP discusses independence with Ellon women

Dr Whiteford speaking to members of the public
Dr Whiteford speaking to members of the public

Organisers have described an event targeted at female voters across Ellon as a ‘great success’.

Local ‘Yes Scotland’ activists organised a coffee morning last weekend which welcomed around forty women voters, mostly unsure how they are voting in September’s Independence referendum.

Women were able to enjoy a cup of coffee and discuss issues surrounding Scottish Independence at Ellon’s Buchan Hotel last Saturday morning.

The local Ellon ‘Women for Independence’ group planned the event, which also welcomed Scottish National Party MP for Banff and Buchan, Eilidh Whiteford, who was available to discuss issues and answer any questions.

Intentionally informal, the meeting allowed women at the event to discuss Independence with other undecided voters as well as those who have already made up their mind. The event is one of several similar events that have been planned by ‘Yes’ supporters to be held across Scotland and the North East before September’s vote.

Speaking after the event, Dr Whiteford, said it had been a really good meeting.

She said: “It was an informal, relaxed event, which gave people a chance to ask anything they liked about independence and the forthcoming referendum.

“Women represent over half the voting population in Scotland. As opinion polls show the margin between ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ getting ever closer, it’s increasingly clear that women’s voices need to be heard, and that we are going to become more and more important in shaping the debate on Scotland’s future.

“People went away with a real sense of having engaged with the issues.

“I’m certain that more than a of few those who arrived as undecided voters will have left, if not as outright ‘Yes’ supporters, then certainly heading firmly in that direction.”

A spokesperson for the Ellon Women For Independence group thanked Dr Whiteford for supporting the event.

She said: “It was really good to be able to welcome such a high-profile local politician to our meeting.

As a Member of Parliament, Eilidh knows all about how poorly our interests are represented by the Westminster Government and how with Scottish control over tax and welfare policy we could make a real and positive difference to people’s lives.

“This has been a very successful morning for us.

“We’d like to thank everyone who came along, and especially Dr Whiteford for taking the time to come along to play such an active part.”