Policy Development Senior Officer

Posted by Alba Party, August 27

Application forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and all applications must be sent to recruitment@albaparty.org.



The role will be based between a combination of Home workings and Alba’s Glasgow office. 


Grade A3 –Competitive Dependent on Experience

Contract Type

12 months fixed term contract


34 - Job Sharing will be considered

Working Pattern

Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm & Friday 9 am to 4 pm


30 days annual leave plus public holidays 


Policy Development Senior Officer (12 Month Contract) - JOB DESCRIPTION

PRIMARILY REPORTS TO: General Secretary 



MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB: The role will lead on the Party’s policy Development initiatives to help the party develop new policies that will form proposals from the party for inclusion in manifestos. The role holder will have responsibility for drafting the party’s annual policy document as well as liaising with stakeholders and conducting wider research to inform policy development. 


This job description is not a complete listing of all duties but contains the key elements of the role.

  1. To work with the Policy Development assistant to develop policy papers and commission expert research to inform policy development. 
  2. To build relationships with key stakeholders to ensure the Party’s policy work is relevant and appropriately focused.
  3. To participate in events, seminars and other outreach activities organised by or supported by the Party with public authorities, governments, the private sector and civil society, to help aid policy development based on the requirements of the public to achieve goals identified by the party eg Poverty Reduction, Creation of a Public Energy Company etc 
  4. To conduct policy research as required.
  5. To assist other members of staff on policy issues arising from their own areas of work and possible ways in which to proceed.
  6. To undertake training and personal development activity as agreed with the General Secretary. 
  7. Line manage the Policy Development Support Assistant 

Person Specification - Policy Development Senior Officer



EssentialDesirableA demonstrable commitment to undertaking all training, with support and coaching being provided by the Party. Ability to work in a small team and provide leadership to colleagues. 



EssentialDesirableExperience of working to a high standard (accuracy and attention to detail) and within deadlines.Working in a membership organisation.At least 4 years of practical experience gained within the following: policy or research role, with exposure to the field politics; translating policy and research documents into comprehensible public / stakeholder information that is cogent to members of the public 



EssentialDesirableUnderstanding of political parties and how policies are development and then included in Party Manifestos for elections in Scotland.Knowledge of the relationships between the various spheres of Government in Scotland and how policy is developed then implemented by Scottish, Local, and UK Governments.



EssentialDesirableExceptional people skills with the ability to self-manage, and stay enthusiastic and motivated.Competent knowledge and use of IT skills (particularly Microsoft Excel)To collaboratively work as part of a team; supporting others to jointly achieve goals and targets. Ability to formulate clear, concise and coherent policies based on a detailed understanding of the spheres of Government in Scotland. Strong communication skills, including the ability to write clear and concise reports, and the confidence to present to public audiences. Accuracy and attention to detail. 



EssentialDesirable Educated to Degree Level or have a suitable of workplace experience in the above fields.


Specific Requirements 

EssentialDesirableAble to work unsocial hours including some weekend working where required. 

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7 Key Points from Alex Salmond’s speech in Catalonia


Posted by Alba Party, August 22

Former Scottish First Minister, Alex Salmond, has addressed the 54th International Conference of the Universitat Catalana d’Estiu.

In the course of a wide-ranging address which charted the progress of the national movements in Catalonia, Scotland, and Ireland Mr Salmond reflected that all three nations have made substantial progress in the last century towards each of their full independence goals.

He said:

“A century ago Ireland was ruled (in titular form at least) by the last Lord Lieutenant as it had been more or less since the Norman invasion of England. Fifty years ago Catalonia was emerging from fascist repression and twenty-five years ago Scotland had a quasi-colonial administration composed of politicians from the least successful parliamentary political party in the country.

This Catalonia is autonomous, Scotland devolved and Ireland independent, albeit still partitioned. In all three the struggle for full independence continues but that should not blind us to the progress that has been made.”

Mr Salmond went on to outline seven requirements which would make the eventual success of these movements possible.

Firstly, build on secure foundations of a vibrant national culture. All three nations - Ireland, Scotland and Catalonia have fulfilled that requirement. Community identity in all three is powerful and abiding and greater than in many states and in all three the struggle to defend language or culture continues.

Secondly, stick on a constitutional peaceful pathway, whatever the provocation and temptation. Scotland has done this and so has Catalonia since the Francoist period and Ireland since the peace process of 1998. Violence and state power may be inflicted on us but never under any circumstances, reciprocate.

Thirdly, nurture a vision which justifies independence not just as an act in itself but for what it will mean for the society to come, what will it mean for a contribution to humanity in general, how society will change for the better. For example, some in the current SNP believe that an accommodation should be reached about the stationing of the largest concentration of weapons of mass destruction on Scottish soil. That cannot be. Independence requires the vindication of a different approach to weapons of mass destruction and indeed towards the armed camps of state interest into which the world is dividing once again.

Fourthly, secure as much means of mass communication as possible. At some point, there will be further tests of strength in asserting community democracy against state power. Ireland is in the best position with respected news organs with international reach supportive of Irish unity, Catalonia has a lively press and political discourse, Scotland is still worst placed with a strong infrastructure of pro-independence social media but a mainstream media now totally in the death grip of unionism.

Fifthly, keep the national movements responsive to social and economic change and in the vanguard of proposing alternative solutions. The established order of the western world is undergoing a series of crises the latest of which is stagflation provoked by the aftermath of pandemic and resource inflation accentuated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In this structure, major private corporates enrich themselves at the expense of the consumer and citizen. Alternative economic models of public and community ownership, particularly of natural resource-based industries, are positions that national movements should be promoting, all against the existential threat of climate change.

Sixthly, re-enforcing confidence in devolved structures is important to build confidence in the ability of independists parties to run a state. In Ireland Sinn Féin has the advantage of political opposition to the established parties in the Republic at a time of economic crisis, while the devolved structures in Northern Ireland are in abeyance as a result of unionist intransigence. In Scotland the devolved SNP government is under pressure on a range of issues of maladministration. Similarly in Catalonia the autonomous government is beset by disappointment of the inability to honour the October First movement and confusion on the way forward.

Seventh and last. The question of leadership. No national movement leadership can guarantee success. What leadership needs to do is provide the strategy and circumstance in which success is possible. Nothing is worse than raising expectations and failing to carry through. The strategy in Ireland looks best placed with Sinn Féin now the leading party in the North and the government in waiting in the south. In Scotland the SNP is electorally dominant but the independence strategy is, at best, problematic. In Catalonia the movement requires to come to terms with the lack of follow through of the political class from impressive popular support and thus to chart new and successful strategies to come.”

Watch the full speech and Q&A Session here

Boris Johnson's charlatans are keeping Scottish democracy in chains -

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh


Posted by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, July 21


THERE is a simply dazzling House of Commons address from John Smith, in which he summed up the running political car crash which had engulfed Tory Britain of the 1990s.

The political cartoonists were having a field day with the disarray of the time, combining the spectacular television pictures of a cliff-perched guest house finally falling victim to coastal erosion and the chaotic scenes of the Grand National where the vast majority of riders ignored a false start and the entire race ended up being declared null and void.

The Labour leader brilliantly combined all of these calamities and then laid them squarely at the door of the hapless prime minister, John Major, who was allocated responsibility for producing a Britain “where the Grand National doesn’t start and hotels fall into the sea”. In one single speech Smith made Major a metaphor for mayhem.

Thus when I saw Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson pictured at the controls of a Typhoon at the weekend, I pondered the future of the Royal Air Force. Sure enough, Monday brought the news that the RAF were grounded as their runways were melting under the sub-Saharan heat. The racing at Royal Windsor was also called off!

The point is this. Johnson makes John Major look like a political giant, just as John Smith makes Starmer look like a political pygmy. The current prime minister’s only abiding principle is overweening self-interest and entitlement. He has led his party to near oblivion and his country to complete disaster. The legacy of disarray is such that his dysfunctional wannabe successors are now incapable of participating in television debates without inflicting a final mortal blow on their own wounded party.

And yet these are the complete charlatans who hold Scottish democracy in chains.

Two weeks ago as his political world collapsed around him in the Downing Street bunker, Johnson somehow found the time to pen a rejection to Nicola Sturgeon’s request for a second referendum. Now the one and only thing the “cats in a sack” collection of candidates for his job can agree upon, is to turn down Scotland’s Claim of Right.

Anyone who accidentally tuned into the ITV debate last Sunday night and then were held fascinated by the sheer awfulness of the Tory leadership spectacle, might reflect on the Hollywood career of a certain Ed Wood. Mr Wood you may recall produced horror movies of such gormless ineptitude, that they became cult classics. That was the level of debate reached in the television test for our next prime minister. And yet, the one solitary thing the infamous five agreed upon, is that there are no circumstances in which they will respect Scotland’s democracy or our nationhood.

The reason for this brazen Tory arrogance is our own political weakness.

The weakness which comes from prevaricating about the implementation of a clear mandate delivered four times over by the Scottish people.

The weakness that comes with appointing a Lord Advocate unwilling to back a referendum bill through the Scottish Parliament.

The weakness that comes from raising expectations of an appeal to a UK Supreme Court which is certain to back Westminster parliamentary sovereignty over Scottish popular sovereignty.

The weakness which comes from meekly sitting on your hands on the Westminster benches, when a near hysterical Speaker told fellow independence supporters to “shut up and get out”.

The weakness that comes from setting the bar for a “plebiscite election” so high, that it will be almost impossible to reach and then not even articulating what happens next, if a miraculous success were to be somehow achieved.

The cumulative impact of this pusillanimity has been to leave Scotland held fast in a Tory trap and if we are to face down which of the surviving terrible twins actually makes it to Downing Street, then we shall need renewed strength, resolve and total clarity of strategy.

The Section 30 route so long in the makings, and so hard and skilfully fought for, just cannot be simply allowed to pass by uncontested. It is not, and indeed never was, simply a matter of writing a letter and expecting an immediate capitulation by the other side. Like all the best things in life and politics, it has to be a challenge met and a triumph won.

The surviving gruesome Tory twosome’s initial rejection of Scotland’s case must be met with parliamentary intervention, popular demonstration and international initiative.

Given the political weakness of our opponents there is at least a chance of success. Anything less than full effort will send us scampering into the dangerous embrace of the UK Supreme Court, where our prospects will be akin to those of the Christians in the Coliseum.

And if it does come down to the famous Plan B, then a “plebiscite election” must be fought with the full united force and combined resolve of the Scottish national body politic, with a clear plan of action if such a mandate is to be won.

While English cartoonists made hay mocking the incompetence of the Tory Government of the 90s, it was a Scottish practitioner of the art, Turnbull, who had the self-awareness to document the political failings of our nation in the 1979 referendum – in his most famous drawing he depicted the “cowardly lion".

Anything less than maximum effort now will condemn us to the misery of that Scottish lion cowering in his cage, the cell door wide open, but paralysed with the fear of moving outwards and forwards.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh
Chair, ALBA Party

As posted in The National on 20th July 2022

"Tory turmoil is Scotland's moment" - Hanvey “Time for an Independence convention to bend Westminster to Scotland's will” says MacAskill

Posted by Alba Party, July 06


Commenting on the continuing political turmoil within the Tory party and the UK Government ALBA Westminster Group Leader Neale Hanvey MP said:

“If the Tory 1922 committee change the rules so they can change their mind about Boris Johnson remaining Prime Minister, then denying Scotland the right to change our minds on Westminster rule is indefensible.

“This is the moment of maximum turmoil, weakness and division within the ruling Tory party at Westminster.  It is also the moment for a united Independence movement to exert maximum pressure on Johnson to concede a Section 30 Order and allow an Independence Referendum to take place.  It is why ALBA is calling for an Independence Convention to underline that it is the people of Scotland and not Westminster who are sovereign”.

Commenting on the reference by the Lord Advocate of the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill to the Supreme Court ALBA Depute Leader Kenny MacAskill MP said:

“The reference of the Independence Bill by the Lord Advocate to the UK Supreme Court is almost a rhetorical question.  Of course, they’ll say sovereignty rests with Westminster.  It’s now up to Scotland’s elected representatives to  ensure it’s the Scottish people who are sovereign.

“It’s time for an Independence Convention to bend Westminster to Scotland’s will.  Sovereignty must rest with the Scottish people not a Supreme Court or Dysfunctional Westminster.”

"Independence will require grassroots movement for success" -

Alex Salmond


Posted by Alba Party, June 28


Reacting to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s Route map to independence, former First Minister Alex Salmond said;

“I welcome that we now have some clarity of purpose on independence and that a starting gun has finally been fired with a clear timetable leading to 19th October next year.

However, we need a united movement and grassroots campaign to deliver success. In particular, voices outwith Government will be needed so that the cause of independence is not weighed down by the day-to-day troubles of the SNP/Green coalition. 

We should not give up on bending Boris Johnson to the people’s will on a section 30 Order to deliver a referendum under the same terms I previously negotiated in the Edinburgh Agreement which enabled the referendum in 2014. There has never been a weaker UK Prime Minister. But that will require a concerted campaign of popular, parliamentary and diplomatic initiatives. And it is urgency which is required to stop Westminster taking Scotland to the cleaners on a daily basis. 

The question of Scottish sovereignty can also not simply be left to the UK Supreme Court. The concept of using the UK General Election as a backstop will cause a wry smile to those within the SNP and in the wider movement who have been calling for that for the last five years. However, even then, we need to be prepared with the popular campaign which will be required to force recognition of Scotland's Claim of Right”

ALBA Celebrates the International Day for People of African Descent

Posted by Alba Party, August 31


Today we celebrate the International Day for People of African Descent. We applaud the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora in Scotland and strive to create a Scotland that eliminates all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.

ALBA Party General Secretary, Chris McEleny said:

“This day is a celebration of the enormous contributions of people of African descent to every field of human endeavour and Scottish society. It is a recognition of the profound injustices and systemic discrimination that people of African descent have endured for centuries, and continue to confront today.

It is essential that we continue to speak up – loudly and without fail – against any notion of racial prejudice and that we work tirelessly to free society from the blight of racism."

Scotland's green energy industry must not repeat the mistakes of North Sea oil


Posted by Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, August 25


IT’S been a big week for Scottish offshore wind. First and foremost, Seagreen, some 20 miles or so off the Angus coast, has come on stream.

It has been in the making for more than a decade, and now takes its place as the world’s deepest offshore windfarm.

The giant turbines totally vindicate the decision to deploy Scotland’s offshore industry in deep waters with giant or the, even more exciting, floating turbines.

In contrast to the English industry which, hitherto at least, has been concentrated nearshore or in estuaries, the Scottish industry is the future of big wind development. It is the difference between genuine offshore energy development and what is effectively onshore wind in a puddle!

The SSE/Total Seagreen, when fully operational next year, will through its giant 114 turbines generate 1.1 gigawatts (GW) of electricity – enough to power about one million homes. Each will have a maximum tip height of 187m (614ft), which is about twice the height of the tower housing Big Ben. One Scottish giant turbine dwarfs England’s most famous landmark.

The £3 billion Seagreen watermark comes hot on the heels of the go-ahead to three new developments in the waters around Shetland which are expected to contribute another 2.8 GW of electricity.

To understand the scale of opportunity, remember that the latest offshore wind projects are being priced at £50 per megawatts (MW) hr and falling while new nuclear is £100 per MW hr. Currently, the offshore wind guaranteed price of electricity generation is around one fifth of what is being paid right now for England’s dependency on gas generation.

Over the next quarter century, Scotland could produce five times or more of our own requirements in electricity from offshore wind alone. Offshore wind carries the advantage of much higher availability than its onshore sister, but in any case can be relatively easily backed up by green hydrogen and pump storage hydro. Scotland has all the ingredients to lead the next clean green revolution and secure affordable power.

And that unfortunately is where the good news stops, because we are in clear and present danger of frittering away all of these advantages just as a previous generation allowed our oil and gas riches to be claimed by the combined avarice of international oil and the London Treasury.

SSE chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies is one of the few people in the country who will not need to worry about his own coming £5000 electricity bill with his annual remuneration at £4.5 million and rising.

He has been boasting about the amount of local content in the project. In fact it is a scandalous disgrace. Only the assembly takes place at Nigg with the giant towers and turbines built elsewhere.
Even of the 700 operational jobs, only 50% are to be located in Scotland.

Instead of ploughing tens of millions of public money into BiFab’s foreign owners would it not have been a better idea to guarantee Scottish yards a lucrative billion pound stream of orders?
And unfortunately the scandal of missed opportunity does not stop there. The ScotWind auction conducted by Crown Estate Scotland is perhaps the single biggest example of policy incompetence of our lifetimes.

It makes the Ferguson fiasco look like a mere bagatelle and the census confusion a muddle not a fiddle.

As an excellent analysis by Common Weal demonstrated, the ScotWind auction succeeded in leasing a substantial part of the best offshore acreage for a fraction of its true worth to international capital.

The energy moguls took the innocents of the Crown Estate Scotland to the cleaners and spat them out the other end. The outgoing chief executive, Simon Hodge, is no doubt an excellent forester. To put him in charge of an organisation negotiating one of the biggest deals in Scottish history with some of the greediest corporates on the planet, is like putting the sheep into a pen to control the wolves. For example, this week’s Crown Estate press release actually boasted that the three Shetland deals would see the successful applicants pay a pathetic pittance of £56m in option fees to the Scottish Government!

Our natural resources will bypass the country with no impact on the public good whatsoever. Meanwhile, Crown Estate Scotland is so complacent that it is allowing the world-leading floating demonstrator of Kincardine to wither on the vine.

So what is to be done?

Firstly, renegotiate the options thus far granted to ensure a public share in every single project of at least 25.

Secondly, use this “golden share” to ensure the maximum Scottish content of suppliers to benefit from the billion pounds of orders over the next quarter century.

Thirdly, use the golden share to provide the equity for Scotland’s own public sector electricity supplier to ensure that never again are Scottish consumers faced with mass fuel poverty in this land of energy plenty.

Do these things and we will substantially increase confidence that our own government has the wit and the intelligence to manage the vast resources of an independent country. Take no action and future generations will look back in anger at a bunch of stookie dummies who sold their country and didn’t even manage to secure 30 pieces of silver!


Article first published in the National on 24 August 2022. Photo Credit Marine Scotland.


Kenny MacAskill MP: Why we spoke out

Posted by Kenny MacAskill, July 16


I was proud to be elected to Westminster in 2019 but it was as is so often said to settle up, not settle down. I’d stood for Westminster before though at a time when being an independence supporting candidate was for almost all, just a matter of flying the flag.

I’d been fortunate to have been elected to Holyrood and to have served in the first-ever SNP administration. After 2014 when we came close but sadly not close enough, it was time for me to do other things and for others to pick up the baton. I wrote books and watched from afar.

In 2019 I was asked to stand again and agreed to do so. It was to be for that one final push to set our country free. I was as proud to be with new Westminster colleagues as I had been with former Holyrood stalwarts. Our nation was under attack and our democracy being denied.

But the SNP I had joined almost 40 years before was no more. Party democracy was abandoned, disgraceful actions and machinations were perpetrated and so I left. But that has allowed me, along with my colleague Neale Hanvey to pursue the cause of independence that I have always held dear, and at last to seek to settle up not settle down.

Our actions in the Chamber were necessary. They were not taken lightly but forced upon us by the circumstances our country is facing. Scottish democracy is being denied and parliamentary procedure is being distorted.

Scotland has a mandate for a referendum and yet it’s refused outright by a charlatan of a Prime Minister. He even rejects a vote of no confidence, something that’s fundamental in a democratic chamber. He’s lost the support of his own party yet was comprehensively rejected by Scots in 2019, as has been every Tory PM during my lifetime. And indeed, so will be whoever succeeds him.

All this is happening though whilst Scots are suffering. We may be blistering in a heatwave, but a cold winter is coming, and it will be cruel for many. Already many are struggling to fuel their cars and those that do often find themselves paying to carry out their job, not just get to their work. There are pledges of Tory Tax cuts for the wealthy and plenty money for war and weapons of mass destruction. But total intransigence on an increase in mileage allowance for the low-paid who are providing vital services.

Scotland is energy-rich. Oil supposedly all gone in 2014 is now the UK's salvation and an offshores renewable bounty has arrived. We’ve more renewable energy that we need to power every home, yet it’s to be cabled south. The exploitation of our nation's resources and at a time when over half our people will be in fuel poverty. It is simply perverse that Scotland is energy-rich, yet Scots are fuel-poor.

It was for those reasons that we spoke out. There’s a price to be paid by us with suspension but so be it. I was not elected to administer the British State but to continue the drive for Scottish Independence. That the SNP takes titles such as Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer and even more bizarrely Shadow Spokesperson for Wales and Northern Ireland I find incredible. Independence Parties do not seek to form, and can never do so in any event, a British Government. It’s not our Parliament and never will be. It’s rigged against us and all parties unite to block us.

The duty of independence MPs is to pursue Scotland’s cause and protect Scotland’s people. Room for manoeuvre in Westminster is limited as the government has all the cards. But meek and supine acceptance there cannot be. Other parties seeking independence have used it as a forum to pursue their democratic demands. Charles Stewart Parnell ensured that it would not be allowed to be a block to the march of the Irish nation and instead used it to promote Ireland's cause. Maxton and other Red Clydeside stalwarts spoke out, as did Neale and I, on issues and likewise were excluded.

The time has come for Scotland to demand its legitimate right to self-determination. Neither an acquiescent Supreme Court nor an intransigent UK Government can stand in the way of the Scottish people. The starting pistol for the campaign for independence has been fired by the First Minister, and there can be no turning back. The needs and wants of our people require it, as much as the legitimacy of our cause demands it.

All avenues must be used and that requires actions in all democratic forums, as much as peaceful demonstrations in our communities. After all independence MPs are in Westminster to settle up not settle down.

Wha would be a traitor knave.

Article originally featured in the Yours For Scotland blog, July 16 2022. 

ALBA Serves notice on Tory Leadership contenders - respect Scottish Democracy and the clear mandate for an independence referendum


Posted by Alba Party, July 20


Speaking to the Foreign Press Association at the Royal Overseas Club in London this morning (Wednesday) Former First Minister and ALBA Party Leader the Rt Hon Alex Salmond warned the contenders for the Tory leadership that outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “veto over Scottish Democracy will not stand”.  Meanwhile ALBA Westminster Group Leader Neale Hanvey MP announced that he will be writing to the remaining Tory leadership candidates informing them of  Scotland’s Claim of Right and challenging them to respect the mandate for a Scottish Independence referendum, given by the Scottish people to their elected representatives in the Scottish Parliament and urging them, if elected, to agree to a Section 30 Order which would allow a legal and consented referendum to take place.

Speaking at the Foreign Press Association Alex Salmond will state:

“Whoever is elected Tory Leader and becomes Prime Minister must be made to realise that the will of the Scottish people and their elected Parliament cannot be denied indefinitely.  That is why ALBA is advocating a coordinated campaign of popular demonstration, parliamentary intervention and diplomatic initiative to break Westminster’s stranglehold over Scottish Democracy and to force a change of position by the incoming Tory Prime Minister.”

Continuing Neale Hanvey MP will state:

Scottish Democracy is not the plaything of Tory leadership candidates, as they attempt to out-bid each other in terms of who can be the most muscular and ardent Unionist. The Conservative Party have not won an electoral mandate in Scotland since 1955, so if Tory MPs are allowed to change their minds over who is Prime Minister and if the Tory Party is allowed to choose a new leader then so too must the people of Scotland be allowed to choose their own future in an Independence Referendum.

“That is why I am writing to each of the remaining Tory Leadership candidates today reminding them of Scotland’s Claim of Right, that it is for the people of Scotland and the people of Scotland alone, to determine the form of Government best suited to their needs.  I am challenging them to respect the mandate for a Scottish Independence referendum given by the Scottish people and urging them, if elected, to agree to a Section 30 Order which would allow a legal and consented referendum to take place.”

Concluding ALBA Party Chair Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh will state:

“If Scottish Democracy is to mean anything there must be a Scottish Independence Referendum on 19 October 2023 as the First Minister has promised, no ifs, no buts.  The refusal by outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to respect Scotland’s mandate for that referendum to take place and his outright dismissal of the request for a Section 30 Order is a defining moment in Scottish politics on which the constitutional future of Scotland itself will be determined.”

ALBA Party: "We've got the People, the Plan and the Policies"


Posted by Christopher McEleny, June 27


General Secretary Chris McEleny rounds up ALBA’s National Council meeting held on Sunday 26th June.

On Sunday representatives of Alba Party’s Local Authority Campaign Units across Scotland gathered in Stirling for the Second Meeting of the National Council. 

We were pleased to be joined by many of our candidates from May’s Local Government Elections and their election agents. 

Our members are the greatest asset of our party and I am very proud of all our candidates that flew the Party’s Standard across Scotland. 

The day kicked off with a speech from our Party Leader Alex Salmond. The Former First Minister reminded those assembled that The SNP Green-Government are committed to a referendum in October next year - “no ifs no buts” - but will require clarity of vision if they are to fulfil that commitment to Scotland.

ALBA’s job now is to ensure that those that have made that promise, that vow, hold true to it. 

And importantly, throughout the summer we will step up our independence campaign. Alex told the National Council that “no time in history has been better to press Scotland’s will against Westminster as a puff of wind would blow over Boris Johnson.” 

And he’s right. Alba Party have the People, the Plan, and the Policies to be the wind of political change that Scotland needs. 

Our Party Chair Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh received the party’s endorsement to progress a second edition of the Wee ALBA Book. With over 100,000 copies already distributed across Scotland we are proving to be the political party that doesn’t just talk about independence but actually gets out and campaigns for it. 

Many of our delegates also made great speeches in regards to Housing, Legal Aid, Transportation, Defence and Security and much more. The Party will be hosting a series of National Assemblies on many of these issues in order that we can better inform debate and develop more policies that will improve the lives of people across Scotland. 

Our Depute Leader Kenny MacAskill updated delegates on the current Social and Economic Challenges that ordinary Scots are facing, issues that emphasise the constitutional imperative. In Scotland we produce enough renewable energy to power every home and we are self-sufficient in gas, so why are our energy bills soaring out of control whilst we are being charged £2 a litre at the Fuel Pumps? It’s because international capital owns our assets, Westminster seizes our revenues and Scots are left to pay the bills. 

With independence we can make ensure that Scotland’s Energy is in Scotland’s Hands, meaning cheaper energy bills for every home in Scotland. 

Our Westminster Alba Party Group Leader Neale Haney updated the party on the work being carried out at the UK Parliament. Delegates supported by acclaim a Motion Submitted by the Westminster Group to share our support and solidarity with the RMT Union as their members take industrial action. 

Tomorrow the First Minister will update the Scots Parliament on a “route map” to independence. 

Allowing Boris Johnson a Veto over Scotland’s independence is simply unacceptable. Inaction over the past few years has resulted in Scotland being dragged out of the EU against our will and if we don’t regain our independence as a matter of urgency then Boris Johnson, or whatever Tory rules Westminster, will dictate the future for Scotland. 

It is time to take Scotland’s future back into Scotland’s hands. 

Policy Development Support Assistant

Posted by Alba Party, August 27


The ALBA Party are looking to bring a Policy Development Support Assistant into our team. Applications for the position close on Friday 9th September 2022

Application forms can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and all applications must be sent to recruitment@albaparty.org.


The role will be based between a combination of Home workings and Alba’s Glasgow office. 


Grade A1 –Competitive Dependent on Experience 

Contract Type

12 months fixed term contract


34 - Job Sharing will be considered

Working Pattern

Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm & Friday 9 am to 4 pm


30 days annual leave plus public holidays 


Policy Development Support Assistant (12 Month Contract) - JOB DESCRIPTION

PRIMARILY REPORTS TO: General Secretary 

FUNCTIONAL DAY TO DAY REPORTS TO: Policy Development Senior Officer


MAIN PURPOSE OF THE JOB: To support the Policy Development Senior Officer with the administration of Party Policy Development initiatives such as organising policy events, preparing reports to assist policy development and supporting associated administrative tasks. 


This job description is not a complete listing of all duties but contains the key elements of the role.

  1. To work to individual and team targets and ensure delivery of these on a weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  2. To complete workload assigned by line manager. 
  3. Oversee the organisation of Party Policy Development events such as National Assemblies, Conferences, stakeholder engagement meetings, public policy engagement initiatives and expert panels. 
  4. Support the Policy Development Officer in the preparation of the Party’s Annual Policy Document. 
  5. Provide administrative support when requested. 

Person Specification - Policy Development Support Assistant



EssentialDesirableA demonstrable commitment to undertaking all training, with support and coaching being provided by the RMU supervisor. 



EssentialDesirableExperience of working to a high standard (accuracy and attention to detail) and within deadlines.Working in a membership organisation. Strong candidates will have experience with customer service, and meeting targets within a team.



EssentialDesirableUnderstanding of political parties and how policies are development and then included in Party Manifestos for elections in Scotland.Knowledge of the relationships between the various spheres of Government in Scotland and how policy is developed then implemented by Scottish, Local, and UK Governments.



EssentialDesirableEffective and clear communication skills. Exceptional people skills with the ability to self-manage, and stay enthusiastic and motivated. To collaboratively work as part of a team; supporting others to jointly achieve goals and targets.  Accuracy and attention to detail. Competent knowledge and use of IT skills (particularly Microsoft Excel) 



EssentialDesirableFunctional Skills in English & Maths as a minimum.College Level Education.


Specific Requirements 

EssentialDesirableAble to work unsocial hours including some weekend working where required. 




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Salmond backs ALBA MPs IndyRef2 Commons Protest

Posted by Alba Party, July 13


Former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond has backed today’s House of Commons protest of ALBA MPs, Kenny MacAskill and Neale Hanvey, over the refusal of the Prime Minister to agree an independence referendum.

Mr Salmond said: 

“It is unacceptable that what Scots voted for democratically last year should be blocked undemocratically this year.

For as long as this veto remains in place Johnson and his Tory successor require to be faced by both parliamentary interventions at Westminster and popular demonstration in Scotland.

All Independence supporting MPs should be prepared to stand with Neale Hanvey and Kenny MacAskill and indeed be prepared to play Parnell with Westminster until such time as Scotland’s national rights are respected.”

You can watch the moment Neale Hanvey MP and Kenny MacAskill MP were thrown out of Westminster here.

Salmond: “Independence Campaign Should Fill Westminster Power Vacuum”

Posted by Alba Party, July 10


“The independence campaign in Scotland should seize the power vacuum at Westminster to press the case for self-determination”

This was said by former First Minister and ALBA Party leader, Alex Salmond, speaking at a Wee ALBA Book meeting yesterday in Glasgow.

Alex Salmond said:

“We now have four months of a complete power vacuum at Westminster. What better time could there be to press Scotland’s case for self-determination by popular demonstration in Scotland and parliamentary intervention at Westminster.

“In one of his last acts in power, as opposed to in office, Boris Johnson turned down a section 30 request from Nicola Sturgeon. That was a democratic outrage which cannot be allowed to stand.

“Westminster’s difficulties should be Scotland’s opportunity and we should seize the moment to bring the cause of self-determination to the top of the political agenda”

Independence Campaigners Must “Accent the Positive” Following Johnson's Departure - Salmond

Posted by Alba Party, July 09


“In the wake of Johnson’s departure, the campaign for independence needs to accent the positive”

This was said by former First Minister and ALBA Party Leader speaking last night (Friday) in Parliament Hall, St Andrews in a meeting to promote the Wee ALBA Book on independence. He said;

“The real recruiting sergeant for independence can never be any English Tory Prime Minister but the positive campaign for self determination and the positive case for independence. It is entirely possible that the Tory Party will elect someone as objectionable as Johnson, and indeed front runner Rishi Sunak is even more of a right wing ideologue. But that is not what Scotland should depend upon. The argument for independence should stand on its own merits not on the demerits of the Tory Prime Minister.

That is why we need a campaign of popular demonstration and parliamentary intervention to overturn the Westminster veto on a referendum and why the exciting new case for independence as presented in the Wee ALBA Book is of such importance.”

The Real Fight Is For Scotland

Posted by Alba Party, July 07


Re-acting to Boris Johnson’s resignation, former Scottish First Minister and ALBA Party leader, Alex Salmond said:

“Boris Johnson has left Scotland out of Europe and politically out in the cold. Whatever happens there will now be a power vacuum at Westminster until autumn while Scottish families fear how to heat their homes this winter.

What better time could there be to force Scotland’s demand for an independence referendum by popular demonstration and parliamentary action? The real fight should not be over which Tory moves into Downing Street. The real fight is for Scotland”.

Johnson refusal on Section 30 Order a defining moment for Scottish democracy

Posted by Alba Party, July 06


Speaking this evening (Wednesday) on the decision by the UK Prime Minister to refuse the request from the Scottish Government and First Minister for a Section 30 Order ALBA Westminster Group Leader Neale Hanvey MP said:

“The decision by Boris Johnson to deny a Section 30 Order honouring the Scottish Government’s democratic mandate to hold a consented and legal Scottish Independence Referendum is a defining moment for Scottish democracy and one that has profound implications.

“This decision has two immediate consequences.  Firstly it signals that the British State is determined to override the sovereign right of the people of Scotland and in so doing it disrespect our separate constitutional traditions, going back to the Claim of Right of 1988, 1689 and the Declaration of Arbroath of 1320, but instead imposes the will of a Westminster Parliament upon Scotland. 

“Johnson should be in no doubt that holding Scotland’s democracy hostage is something which the people of Scotland will not put up with.

“Secondly it underlines the need for a united political and civic independence movement to shift the focus of the debate on Scotland’s Future away from Westminster and Whitehall and back to Scotland where it rightly belongs.

“That can only be done through an Independence Convention comprised of all of Scotland’s Elected representatives, MSPs, MPs and Council leaders as well as the trade union movement, civic Scotland and the wider community.

“Irrespective of the occupant of 10 Downing Street the voice of the Scottish people must be heard, and the mandate of the Scottish Parliament must be respected.

“If Tory MPs at Westminster are allowed to change the rules and their minds over who is the next Prime Minister, then it surely follows that the Scottish people must be allowed the same right to change their minds and to have their say on Scottish Independence whenever they hand that mandate to their elected representatives.

“If this truly is a voluntary union, a union of equals, then democracy must be respected with no restrictions placed on any member country’s right to self-determination”

Alex Salmond on Scotland’s independence “Route Map”


Posted by Alex Salmond, July 03


This week put a spring in the step of the independence campaign.

After years of inactivity a route forward was finally announced. Little wonder Scottish nationalists are ringing the bells. We are looking forward to the referendum promised by the First Minister of Scotland on the 19th October next year. Everyone will put their shoulders to the wheel to shove the independence wagon forward but we should be ready for bumps along the road.

Nicola Sturgeon announced three things. She wants Boris Johnson to agree Indyref 2 with her, just as David Cameron agreed Indyref 1 with me some ten years ago.

If not she will pop off to the UK Supreme Court to ask for their permission to conduct our own referendum.

Then if that does not work she intends to turn the next UK election into a “plebiscite poll” on independence.

The first of these initiatives requires the backing of a campaign of real grit to force Johnson’s hand to respect Scotland’s democracy. The second is a Hail Mary option. There is little chance of the UK Supreme Court protecting Scottish sovereignty. The third has possibilities but will require clear thinking if it is to succeed.

It is certain that bungling Boris will snub Sturgeon and refuse to agree a referendum. But why should Scotland take no for an answer? He is the weakest Prime Minister in British history. Over the next few months he will be fully engaged in trying to save his own political skin. Right now on his very doorstep in London striking rail workers are taking common cause with striking barristers as the UK heads into the summer of discontent, as family budgets buckle under soaring prices.

The British establishment is deeply underrating the fury among ordinary Scots that the referendum we voted for democratically last year is being blocked undemocratically this year. In these dramatic circumstances why shouldn’t a determined Scottish campaign of popular demonstration in Scotland, parliamentary intervention at Westminster and diplomatic initiatives bring Downing Street’s “big dog” to heel?

In the 19th century Charles Stewart Parnell used London’s own rule book to bring Westminster to a standstill to force attention on Ireland’s cause. The SNP still has 44 seats. ALBA has two. Perhaps it’s time to play Parnell with Westminster. It might just be the straw that breaks Johnson’s back.

The appeal to the Supreme Court is the most difficult to understand of the First Minister’s manoeuvres. It may have a Scottish President and Deputy but it is now a conservative inclined court which will instinctively side with the UK Government. Last year on the issue of the rights of children they knocked back the Scottish Government on a similar argument with Westminster- and that on legislation which had already been passed unanimously by the Scottish Parliament! But the key argument is one of principle. The custodians of Scottish democracy and the sovereignty of the nation are in the elected Scottish Parliament not appointed judges on a bench in the Middlesex Guildhall, two minutes walk from the Palace of Westminster. 

That brings us to the ultimate backstop - the declaration that if there is no referendum in October next year then the next UK election should be turned into a plebiscite on the single issue of Scottish independence.


Ignore the bleating from the terrible twins of unionism - Labour and Tory. If all else fails then it is perfectly legitimate to use a democratic election to progress the independence case instead of a referendum which is being blocked and obstructed.

Two-faced Tories whine that you can’t fight an election on a single issue, conveniently forgetting that they won the 2019 election in England on the slogan of “Get Brexit Done”. 

However, things are not all plain sailing for the independence cause. Such an election test would exclude 16-17 year olds and European citizens who are allowed to vote on the Scottish election franchise. After some confusion it is now being said by the SNP that the “mandate” in the election will require a majority of votes as well as seats.

That is an extraordinarily high bar to set since no party in Scotland has achieved that since 1955. Even Labour in its best year of 1966 fell a whisker short as did the SNP in the peak year of 2015.

If that was to be achieved it could not be by a single Party - the election would have to be fought by a united movement preferably with a single independence candidate in every seat. A “plebiscite election” would not succeed if it is just party political business as usual on the Yes side.

Obviously the vast majority of such candidates would be sitting SNP and ALBA MPs but it would be wise to bring the Green Party on board as well as key independence campaigners out-with party politics aiming to unseat the remaining unionist MPs.

And what then? Such a ballot would electrify international opinion but there are forces at Westminster who would die in the last ditch to stop Scottish independence just as they have refused to concede an independence referendum. The Indy MPs elected in such a vote would require not just to stand on the independence ticket but to pledge to take the political action required to bring it into being.

Their job would not be, as is happening now, to settle down in London but instead to settle up for Scotland.

First Published in the Sunday Mail