Linlithgow lectures at St Michael’s

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POWER in the 21st century will be the topic of a new series of annual lectures organised by St Michael’s Parish Church.

Former Labour MSP Susan Deacon will launch the Kirkgate Lectures, exploring moral questions in the exercise of power this century. The inaugural lecture will be given in the Burgh Halls, Linlithgow on Wednesday, October 26, at 7.30pm. Free tickets are available from the church office in Cross House.

Ms Deacon is an honorary professor in the School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh University and is non-executive chairman of Scottish Power Renewable Energy. She served in the Scottish Parliament for eight years and was Minister for Health and Community Care.

The Rev Dr Stewart Gillan at St Michael’s said that a local sponsor who wished to remain anonymous had agreed to underwrite the cost of holding the event. The church ran a series of similar lectures in the 1970s when speakers included the then Liberal leader Jo Grimond, High Court judge Lord Wheatley and Berwick and East Lothian MP John P Mackintosh.