Deacon to open lecture series in Linlithgow

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FORMER Scottish health minister Susan Deacon will hold the floor when she launches a new series of lectures in Linlithgow.

She will pose the question, ‘Is Scotland too dependent on the state?’ in the first of the Kirkgate lectures at the Burgh Halls next Wednesday at 7.30pm, organised by St Michael’s Parish Church.

Susan, an honorary professor in the School of Social and Political Science at Edinburgh University, has opted for the title ‘Scotland – Changing the Conversation’.

In one of the most topical sequences of her lecture, she will ask, ‘With public finances squeezed what can we no longer afford to do – or not to do?’ Susan will also respond to points raised in a question and answer session.

Rev Dr Stewart Gillan of St Michael’s Church has been one of the driving forces behind the Kirkgate lectures, following the same lines as a series of St Michael’s lectures given in the 1970s.

Dr Gillan welcomed the generous support of a local sponsor, which means there will be no charge for tickets, although donations will be welcome.

Tickets are available from the church office in Cross House, Linlithgow.