Scotland’s newest political force ALBA launches its second Policy Conference tomorrow in preparation for next week’s manifesto launch.
The Conference on Saturday 17 April will discuss papers from former SNP Deputy leader Jim Sillars, on a written Constitution for an independent Scotland, ALBA Candidate for South Scotland and former MP Corri Wilson on pension policy, ALBA Candidate for Central Scotland Dr Jim Walker on currency policy for an independent Scotland and from Party Leader and Former First Minister, Alex Salmond, on “Scotland and The World” encompassing the Party’s new European strategy.  In addition, the Conference will hear from ALBA Candidate for the Highlands and Islands Craig Berry and ALBA Candidate for Glasgow Ailsa Gray on Energy and Renewables Policy.
Among the outside experts contributing to the Conference is a paper from former Chief Medical Officer, Sir Harry Burns, on public health policy for an independent Scotland. This session will be led by ALBA Candidate for Mid Scotland and Fife Neale Hanvey MP, ALBA Candidate for Lothian Alex Arthur and ALBA Candidate for Central Scotland Margaret Lynch

This conference will augment the work completed on independence strategy, economic recovery and education policy along with ALBA’S already published programme on Women and Equalities. These will constitute the framework of the ALBA manifesto launch due next Wednesday.
Conference Chair and ALBA Candidate for Central Scotland Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh commented; 

“ALBA is already setting the terms of political debate in Scotland on independence, the constitution and women’s rights. This second policy conference moves into the heart of new social and economic initiatives to make Scotland a healthier more socially equal and environmentally responsible country.
“It provides the framework for Scotland’s newest and fastest-growing party to launch a manifesto which will continue to set the pace in Scottish politics.
“Scotland has a dominant political party in the SNP which faces pathetic opposition from the Unionist hotchpotch who are weak on social and economic policy and hysterical on the Constitution.”What Scotland needs, and now has in ALBA, is a party which is backing independence as an immediate priority but also can provide a badly needed but constructive social and economic critique of the government’s programme. Scotland badly needs new political ideas and ALBA will step up to the mark.
“ALBA intends to set the pace not just on the Constitution but on the social and economic priorities for Scotland in the new world which is emerging post-pandemic.”


  1. ALBA – The Party of Independence
    ALBA – The Party of Women’s Rights
    ALBA – The Million wasted SNP votes turned into a Supermajority at Holyrood

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  2. Dear ALBA policymakers,

    Dinnae foryet a Scottish Maritime Policy, essential for any nation to drive trade and economic growth, and to re-connect us Scots with continental markets, cultures, an oor guid freens ower thair.




    Maritime Policy in Scotland (from 2006!)
    Alfred J. Baird

    This paper begins by defining the meaning of the term ‘maritime policy’. Since devolution in the UK, the opening of the new Scottish parliament in 1998 and the creation of the Scottish Executive, little effort has been made to establish a distinct maritime policy for Scotland. As was evident prior to devolution, the primary emphasis from any maritime policy perspective has continued to be a focus on lifeline island ferry services. This ignores significant developments in several other key maritime transport sectors, and this paper provides examples of areas that require some form of policy response, including intra-European short sea shipping, UK coastal shipping, urban/river transport and global container shipping. Long-standing institutional bias against maritime transport coupled with subsidy devoted almost entirely to land transport systems has resulted in a quite distorted marketplace. This suggests that a maritime policy is now imperative if maritime transport is to play a more significant role in the overall transport system. Further discussion centres on the need to consider, from a Scottish policy perspective, the role of various state-sponsored maritime service providers and how these bodies might fit better within evolving policy. The conclusion is that formulation of a maritime policy by the Scottish Executive is overdue and that a degree of restructuring of transport responsibilities within the Executive, combined with adequate resource allocation towards the maritime industry, will be necessary in order that market distortions can be overcome, so enabling Scotland to fully exploit the competitive and environmental advantages that maritime transport can provide.

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  3. Fantastic to see Sir Harry Burns on the list (and all the others) – he gave a talk in 2013 which I still remember.

    Evidence based and absolutely inspiring.

    Good stuff. Reading the line up, this is not just an election manifesto is it, its an Indy Manifesto.

    It’s like water after a long drout. What a poor shadow of itself the SNP has become.

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  4. This is great news. The outlines look exactly what we need.
    This will take our country forward. A minor suggestion, if we are having an energy company, then consider how Councils can transfer their tenants en masse to the company. The benefits, hopefully cheapest utility bills, scale to a new company.

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