Candidate Cafe events in each of Scotland’s eight electoral regions

The Scottish election in May 2016 creates an opportunity for every political party to commit to creating a more equal Scotland within a more equal world.

Oxfam cares about economic inequality because it is a barrier to reducing poverty. In October, Oxfam outlined our policy priorities for the Scottish Parliament both now and beyond the election – you can read our policy paper here.

We know the Scottish Parliament can’t do everything, but it can do more.

In the run-up to these important elections, we’re giving you the chance to chat to local political candidates about the issues that matter to you.

Oxfam is holding Candidate Cafe events in each of Scotland’s eight electoral regions. One candidate from each of the five main parties currently represented at the Scottish Parliament will be there chatting to members of the public. 

Find out more about each event and register to attend here


Date and time

Inverness: Old High Church Hall, Academy Street, IV1 1EY

Saturday 27 February, 12.30pm-2.30pm

Motherwell: Glo Bookshop, 78 Muir St, Motherwell ML1 1BN

Monday 29 February, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Dumfries: Oasis Youth Centre, Newall Terrace, Dumfries DG1 1LW

Saturday 5 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm

Edinburgh: St. Andrews and St. George’s West, 13-17 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2PA

Wednesday 9 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Irvine: Volunteer Rooms, Parterre, Irvine, North Ayrshire KA12 0BA

Monday 14 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Glasgow: Botanic Suite, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, 1-9 Grosvenor Terrace, Glasgow G12 8AP

Tuesday 15 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Dundee: Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, DD1 4XA

Saturday 19 March, 12.30pm-2.30pm

Stirling: Council Chambers, 14-20 Pitt Terrace, Stirling FK8 2ET

Monday 21 March, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Find out more about each event and register to attend here.

As a charity, Oxfam is strictly non-party political. By registering to attend this event, participants agree to act with respect towards all candidates and fellow members of the public.

Please note: the format is designed to encourage conversations between members of the public and candidates from the five parties currently represented in the Scottish Parliament.  The political candidates will not be debating their respective policy positions with each other. 

Oxfam Scotland is proud to host these events in partnership with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS).

Parties invited to send a candidate to these events are: Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Greens, Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party (the five parties currently represented at the Scottish Parliament). A list of other political parties and candidates standing in the relevant electoral region will be on display at the events and these candidates will have the opportunity to provide materials which will be made available at the events.