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Live In-Person: Jim Sillars in Edinburgh

Thursday 30th September

  • Venue The Bookshop, 2 Blenheim Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5JH
  • Doors open 7.40pm
  • Start time 8pm
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One of the most well known Scottish politicians of recent decades, Jim Sillars, joins us for an evening in the bookshop. He will delve into his new memoir, A Difference of Opinion, which gives the inside story of his life in politics.

Following years serving as a Labour MP in Westminster, in 1976 Sillars split with the Labour Party and formed the Scottish Labour Party before joining the SNP. He was elected the SNP MP for Govan in 1988 and in his later career, became Assistant to the Secretary General of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce.

In this new book, Sillars takes us back to his time spent in Westminster. He tells of his dealings with prominent politicians of the day including Neil Kinnock and Margaret Thatcher, stories which give fascinating insights into our country’s political history. We also hear about Sillars’ 33-year marriage to Margo MacDonald and her involvement in nationalist politics. Within the book, he considers ideas of government, Scottish nationalism and Europe, all of which are based on many years of experience within the political sphere and are highly relevant to today’s key debates.

Join us for a fascinating and unique discussion on past and present politics in Britain.