14 April, 2021

Scottish Political Parties Love Citizens' Assemblies

The party in government in Scotland - the Scottish National Party - has published its election manifesto which includes a commitment to "run annual Citizens' Assemblies".

The Scottish Greens, in their manifesto, are also calling for a citizens' assembly on taxation, and to "formalise citizens' assemblies on an ongoing basis".

Meanwhile, the Scottish Labour party manifesto says they want to "re-establish the vision of a people’s parliament", although it is not clear to us if that is a commitment to a sortition chamber or not (the paragraph is included below).

In any case, we are confident that our active campaigning to promote citizens' assemblies in Scotland, ahead of the May 2021 elections, is helping transform these ideas into electoral promises and we are hopeful we will see even more political parties commit to the use of citizens' assemblies in Scotland, the rest of the United Kingdom, and around the world.

For ease of reference we have included more details on the exact content of the manifestos here.

SNP manifesto snippet.

Labour Party manifesto. 

Greens manifesto snippet I.

Greens manifesto snippet II.

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