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Election 2019: The Big Freelance Debate, Glasgow

  • Conference

Hear what major political parties are doing for the self-employed this election from key speakers including John Curtice.



From 6pm on 4 December 2019 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, 301 Argyle St, Glasgow G2 8DL 

Event schedule

18.00 - 18.20

Welcome drinks


Top table introductions and each Politician allowed five minute to explain what their party will offer the voters of Scotland with eight days to go until the election.

19.00 - 20.00

Question and answer session.


Sir John Curtice, the UK’s most recognised and respected political pundit, will give a unique overview of the UK and Scottish Political landscape.


Wrap up meeting with vote of thanks from Simon McVicker, Director of Policy and External Affairs, IPSE.


Speakers at the event will include:


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Chair: Catriona Stewart is currently a columnist and senior reporter for The Herald and Evening Times. She has previously written for the Scottish Daily Mail and Big Issue Scotland.  

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Ivan McKee is the Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation at the Holyrood Parliament. He is the SNP MSP for Glasgow Provan and ideal to speak at an IPSE event having set up his own international consultancy business before entering politics. He has built-up a reputation as a formidable performer in the Holyrood chamber.


Paul Sweeney currently serves on Labour's front bench as the Shadow Under-Secretary of State for Scotland. As MP for Glasgow North East he was last year voted “Best Scot at Westminster” in the Herald’s Politician of the Year awards.

Aged 17 he joined the Army Reserves before joining the Royal Regiment of Scotland. Paul worked for BAE and the economic development agency Scottish Enterprise before entering politics.


Dean Lockhart is the Scottish Conservative Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work at Holyrood. Representing Mid Scotland and Fife, Dean has over 25 years of experience in business and finance across the UK and globally including the establishment of his own business. Dean also served as First Secretary (Commercial) in Manila, promoting British business across Asia.

Brought up in a council estate, Dean studied law in Scotland and England before completing an executive MBA course at Harvard. Dean has twice been nominated for the ''Politics in Business’’ award at the Herald’s Politician of the Year awards.

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Carole Ford is the Liberal Democrat candidate for Glasgow South and the party's Children and Young People spokesperson. She is a former president of School Leaders Scotland and board member for Learning and Teaching Scotland. She is a part-time teacher and associate tutor for the University of Strathclyde teacher training programme. 

As well as her career in education, Carole has been the convener of the Regulatory Committee at the Law Society of Scotland for the last seven years and is now involved in professional regulation at ICAS.


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