Scotland politics

Audience plea for TV debate programme

BBC audience
Image caption The audience appeal will run until Wednesday, 13 May

The BBC's Newsnight Scotland programme is appealing for members of the public to join its audience for a debate on issues associated with the independence referendum.

The programme makers would like to hear from people born elsewhere in the British Isles and who are now living in Scotland.

The 2001 census showed that nearly 500,000 people living in Scotland were born in England; 33,000 were from Northern Ireland; 21,000 were from the Republic of Ireland and 17,000 were from Wales.

What do you make of the independence debate so far? Are there any questions you want answered which you feel have not been addressed yet? And what kind of Scotland would you like to help build?

A panel of guests will help answer those and any other questions you might have.

Of course, if you are not from elsewhere in the British Isles, but feel you have something to say, the debate team would like to hear from you too.

The special programme will be recorded on Monday, 13 May, at BBC Scotland's Glasgow headquarters and participants will need to be available from 17:45 to 20:30.

Guidelines require the BBC to reflect a broad range of views.

To help us do this, we will ask all members of the audience whether they are associated with a political party, if they already have a view on the referendum and where in the British Isles they are from.

Voters in Scotland will go to the polls on Thursday, 18 September, next year when they will be asked the straight yes/no question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"

1. Name and address

2. Your Contact Details

3. What is your occupation?

4. To help us ensure a broad range of views, we'd like to ask if you've decided how you might vote in next year's independence referendum.

5. If there were a General Election tomorrow, which political party would you be most likely to vote for?

Other (please state)

6. Are you a member of a political party?

If Yes which party

7. The audience for BBC Scotland Debates is totally proactive and we wish to ensure that the opportunity to put forward questions and take part in the debates is given to those people wishing to participate. Would you please confirm that you are keen to get involved and if selected will ask your question.

8. Briefly, what is your view of the monarchy?

9. What two questions would you like to ask?

10. Which of these groups do you consider yourself to belong to?

Other (please specify)

11. Of what nationality do you consider yourself?

Other (please specify)

12. Do you consider yourself to have any disabilities?

13. If you are disabled, do you require wheelchair access?

14. Have you been on a BBC Scotland TV or Radio Debate before?

15. How old are you?

16. The information you provide will be collected by the BBC. Are you happy for your email details to be retained so that we may contact you about appearing in the audience for other BBC programmes?

* Required information

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