Jo hosts Scotland Secretary Alistair Carmichael for Independence discussion with local businesses

Local MP Jo Swinson welcomed Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Carmichael and local businesses to a discussion on the debate around Scotland’s future in the UK. 

The evening event held last month at Café Crème in Bearsden was one of a series of on-going engagements with Scotland’s businesses to hear about the issues that affect them and their thoughts on the independence referendum.

Commenting, Jo said:

“The question facing local residents and businesses on 18 September is the most important one in our lifetimes. There can be no going back from independence, and as a passionate supporter of Scotland remaining within the UK I am determined to play my part in helping people get access to the information they need to make up their minds.”

Commenting, Marie McAleer of Kirkintilloch-based Rosa Red Jewellery said:

“We were very impressed by Alistair Carmichael at last week’s Independence discussion. He managed to achieve the right balance between emotion and facts.   As a small business we are absolutely against splitting from the rest of the UK and he encapsulated perfectly the worries and dangers that separation will bring without being a scaremonger. Informative and thought provoking.”

Commenting, Bearsden businesswoman Tatjana Hine OBE FRSA said:

“The meeting held in Bearsden with Secretary of State Alistair Carmichael MP and Jo Swinson MP was extremely interesting and useful.  It allowed us express our points and concerns regarding the future of business in Scotland after independence as well as the ramifications of such a move. As businesspeople we were very grateful to have the chance for such a discussion in what was a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”


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