Constitution discussion at the Scottish Parliament

The Blether held at the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 8 December was an outstanding success. Hosted by Jean Urquhart MSP, chaired by Bob Ingram SDA, the primary subject under discussion was a Constitution for Scotland and how could people become involved with its drafting.

A range of options and means of implementation were discussed. This led to Jean and Bob undertaking to organise a follow on meeting in January, to which will be invited representatives from a range of interested organisations. Amongst the attendees were school pupils from Aberdeenshire and from Napier University and it is the intent to invite a wider representation of our younger generations.

Jean Urquhart has offered to investigate whether it will be possible to hold a debate in the main debating chamber of the Parliament on the 6 April 2013.

The SDA draft Constitution is available to members on the SDA website.
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ON 6TH FEBRUARY 2012 THE SCOTTISH DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE sent a Memorandum to the Secretaries-General of the Council of Europe (CoE) and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). The Memorandum requested these organisations monitor the referendum process and protected the rights of the people of Scotland as set out under Article 1 Par. 2 of the Charter of the United Nations. The Memorandum was copied to the ambassadors of all 56 states in the two organisations.

On the 20th October 2012, the SDA sent reminders to The Council of Europe and to the OSCE.

On the 14th November the SDA received a letter of response from Janez Lenarcic Ambassador Director of the OSCE.

On the 21st November, from the Strasbourg office of the Secretary general of the Council of Europe, the SDA received the following letter:

"Thank you for your letter of the 20 October 2012 on the forthcoming referendum. This is an issue of interest to the Council of Europe, and will therefore be closely followed by the Organisation and its various institutions.

Yours sincerely,

Bjorn Berge

The Director,

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