Let the debate begin!

Score chairman Charles Ritchie.
Score chairman Charles Ritchie.

Still undecided on how to vote in next month’s Scottish Independence Referendum?

The Fraserburgh Herald is hoping to clear up any questions you may have on the forthcoming vote by hosting a public debate.

The debate is taking place on Thursday, September 4, at the Palace Hotel in Peterhead, with doors opening at 6.30pm for a 7pm start.

The event will last for approximately 90 minutes and give Buchan residents the chance to ask any questions they might have on Scotland’s constitutional future.

The evening will feature three ‘Yes’ panellists and three ‘No’ panellists - comprising a number of politicians and non-politicians on each side.

Taking part for the ‘Yes’ campaign will be Banff and Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford, Ellon and District councillor Richard Thomson and chief executive of Anderson Construction, Kenny Anderson.

Speaking on the ‘No’ side will be North East MSP Richard Baker MSP (Labour), Score Group plc chairman Charles Ritchie and former council candidate for Fraserburgh and District Ann Bell.

The structure of the debate will involve one member of the ‘Yes’ side and one member of the ‘No’ side delivering a ten-minute opening speech each, followed by a 40 to 45 minute question and answer session involving questions submitted by members of the audience and then a ten-minute closing speech from one member of each side.

The evening’s debate will be chaired by Peterhead businessman Graham Barron, who also happens to be an undecided voter.

The event is free to attend and non-ticketed but seats will be limited so be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to submit a question for the debate, email the Fraserburgh Herald via news@fraserburghherald.com with your name and question before Tuesday, September 2. Questions will be selected at random and will be raised with the speakers on the night.