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E39: Yes Places, North East – With Gillian Martin, Fatima Joji & Theo Forbes

With Gillian Martin MSP and AIM activists Fatima Joji and Theo Forbes.

Drew sits down with Aberdeen Independence Movement organisers Fatima Joji, Theo Forbes and North East MSP Gillian Martin in this Yes Places series episode of Scotland’s Choice.

The guests share their views on the opportunities ahead for Scotland as an independent nation, and we hear more about their thoughts on the work ahead of us to pave the way for a future Yes Vote.

Theo, Fatima, and other grassroots activists set up the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM) to do just this. It is great to hear them talk passionately about how the local independence movement works together to help shape the debate and encourage positive change campaigning. While Gillian offers some fantastic insights into how the work of the Scottish Parliament is shaping the views of the independence debate on the world stage.

Naturally, with both Gillian and Fatima’s extensive work on women for independence, Drew discusses with them the impacts of policies like Scotland’s world-leading legislation to tackle period poverty and the effects of Westminster policies on women and the independence movement.

In this Yes Places episode, Gillian, Theo and Fatima all touch on the unique challenges people living in the North-East face, including the opportunities that lie ahead for the region, the difficulties the area faces and what this means for support for independence.  

Theo and Fatima also get us all caught up on the forthcoming Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM) conference, which seems like an event not to be missed. We hope it is the first of many independence movement events to come.


Theo is founding member of the Aberdeen Independence Movement (AIM) which you can find more on here.

Fatima is the Co-Chair of AIM and is a Director of @5050parliament.

Follow AIM on Twitter here

Gillian Martin has been the MSP for Aberdeenshire East since 2016 and is Convenor of Health, Social Care and Sport Committee in Scottish Parliament. You can find more about Gillian’s work on her website here and follow her on Twitter here.

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