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Experts debate role of Parliament

Some of Scotland’s influential commentators will assess the Scottish Parliament at a 10th anniversary event.

"Ten Years of the Scottish Parliament: Achievements and Futures" will be held on Tuesday 12 May.

Detail of windows on the Scottish Parliament building

The event, organised by the University, will bring together distinguished speakers from politics, the media and academia for a wide ranging debate.

Contributors include Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament, Alex Fergusson, and the Leaders of the Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats.

They will take part in round-table discussions chaired by journalist and commentator Joyce Macmillan and Alice Brown, former Public Services Ombudsman.

A special edition of the BBC Scotland programme Riddoch Questions will also be broadcast from the event.

Tackling issues

During the conference at Dynamic Earth some of Scotland’s leading historians and political scientists, including best-selling author Professor Tom Devine, will tackle a range of questions.

These will include whether devolution has delivered a stronger voice for Scotland in the UK, and also attempt to assess what the public thinks about the Scottish Parliament.

This milestone of the Scottish Parliament's tenth anniversary year is an ideal time to reflect on its past, present and future. We look forward to lively discussion and stimulating debate looking back over the last decade and assessing challenges ahead.

Professor Charlie JefferySchool of Social and Political Science

Marking the event

To mark the anniversary a new book entitled "The Scottish Parliament 1999-2009: The First Decade" is being launched.

A digital archive of Scotland’s longest running journal of political and social issues is also being unveiled at the event.

Conference places

There are limited places for the conference. To book a place contact: Lindsay Adams.

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