Monday 19th March 2018

This week we were pleased to welcome Pete Wishart MP, SNP Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, for the latest in our series of #LutherNetwork events.

Pete began by discussing the role of the SNP within parliament, and how it has changed since he was first elected in 2001. At that point he was one of just a handful of SNP MPs, but the party’s position was transformed in 2015 when it won all but three of the seats in Scotland, becoming the third party in Westminster. He also talked through the current electoral landscape in Scotland.

On Brexit, Pete answered a series of questions from attendees on his views of the impact of ongoing negotiations on Scotland and on the rest of the UK. He discussed recent announcements on the agreement of terms for the transition period, and what they might mean for different sectors.

Pete also gave his thoughts on the Prime Minister’s Mansion House speech and its implications if carried through. He mentioned particular concerns about the prospect of leaving the Digital Single Market and the ramifications that this would have in the UK.

Our thanks go to Pete and our guests for joining us.

The next #LutherNetwork event will be Theo Blackwell, Chief Digital Officer for London, in April, and in May we will be welcoming Roger Davidson, Director of Engagement and Communications for Health System Transformation at NHS England.

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