All you need to know about the leadership debate The Inverness Courier

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The Inverness Courier, a sister newspaper to Grampian Online, successfully debated on March 17 the three candidates vying for Scotland’s next first minister.

Kate Forbes, Hamza Yusuf and Ash Regan will attend sister Forres Gazette's debate paper on leadership at the Inverness Courier.
Kate Forbes, Hamza Yusuf and Ash Regan will attend sister Forres Gazette’s debate paper on leadership at the Inverness Courier.

Not all SNP campaigns were public and were largely open only to the members who would vote for the next party leader, but our leadership is different. Here’s what you need to know.

Why do we do that?

We believe it is the fundamental democratic right of the people of Moray and the North East to hear directly from the next First Minister what they will do in office in the area.

Although we understand that only members of the SNP will be able to vote in the leadership election, the impact of this will bounce back far beyond membership in the entire country.

That’s why we want to ask Kate Forbes, Ash Reagan, and Hamza Yusuf what they would do as Prime Minister.

So is this only for SNP members?

Unequivocally: no. The SNP has already run publicity campaigns for its members so this discussion of the Inverness Courier is for the people of the Moray and the North East, and our aim is to make this as widely available as possible to those who wish to view it.

This is why it has to be broadcast live over the Internet without a paywall, and other media outlets have also been invited to cover the debate.

How can I attend?

The event is open to Digital+ subscribers on a first come, first serve basis and those wishing to apply for a ticket will be emailed. If you are not a subscriber you can become one by yourself Click here

When we issue tickets to those who have applied, we will contact you with details of how and when to get to the venue as well as other details such as parking and travel.

Is it free?

Yes exactly. There is no ticket fee.

Can I enter without a ticket?

no. Unfortunately you can’t because we have to limit the number of attendees. Only those with a ticket will be able to enter, but you can watch on our website via live stream.

What will happen at night?

The same evening, moderator Nikki Marr will host the discussion for approximately 90 minutes without breaks.

Debate – what to expect

We aim to cover a number of topics throughout the evening with a particular focus on issues affecting Moray and the North East. National issues will also be addressed but again this will be from a northern Scottish perspective.

The first part will be based on our own questions balanced against what the candidates have already said elsewhere in the media, in demonstrations, and in televised debates.

can I ask a question?

Perhaps the most important part of the evening is when we come to the audience questions. We ask people to send us their questions at this email address:

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