Scottish Independence Convention

The Scottish Independence Convention (SIC) is a cross-party, non-partisan group with the aim of bringing together pro-independence parties, groups and organisations to promote the concept and ideals of an independent Scotland. The current conveners are Iain Black and Maggie Chapman (ex- co-convener of the Scottish Green Party) .

Scottish Independence Convention
Co-chruinneachadh Neo-eisimeileachd na h-Alba
Formation30 November 2005
(St Andrews Day)
PurposeScottish independence
23 pro-independence organisations
Elaine C. Smith
Maggie Chapman
Iain Black
Key people
Max Wiszniewski, Press Officer
Shona McAlpine, Administrator
SubsidiariesVoices for Scotland
WebsiteSIC Homepage

The SIC was created in 2005 as a forum for those of all political persuasions and none who support independence, and to be a national catalyst for Scottish independence.[1] With the election of the SNP in 2007, the SIC was largely on hiatus, with more informal meetings being held between pro-independence forces instead of being through SIC channels.


The Convention agreed a new constitution in February 2017 to establish its purpose, aims and aspirations;

  • To provide a forum which will bring together different groups and parties which support independence
  • To provide a contact point for people (including media) who are interested in independence
  • To have the capacity to develop and coordinate campaigning on independence
  • To have the capacity to carry out research work to strengthen further the case for independence
  • To be able rapidly to respond to media and other enquiries about independence, being equipped to rebut inaccurate and hostile information
  • To explore and where possible improve skills, systems, structures and networks which will improve the ability to campaign for independence
  • To support and work with a community of individuals who support independence to keep them engaged in the independence debate and to help them remain active in support of independence.
  • To carry out any other agreed actions it is felt will strengthen the case for independence, improve the chances of securing a second referendum and enhance our ability to win that referendum.

As an unaligned group, set up long before Yes Scotland, the convention was the main contact for European groups who took interest in Scotland's independence movement.[2]

Voices for Scotland

It was announced on the 4th anniversary of Scotland's independence referendum of 2014 that the SIC is to establish a new national campaign for independence, utilising its position as a body bringing together Scotland's pro-independence parties, groups and think tanks for a refreshed vision of independence through grassroots campaigning.[3][4]

Voices for Scotland was launched as the campaign arm of the Scottish Independence Conventionin April 2019. The organisation is a civic campaign for Scottish independence, with an aim to get support for Scottish independence above 60%.[5]

See also


  1. Carrell, Severin (22 June 2012). "The claymore count: the groups fighting for and against Scottish independence". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. Carrell, Severin (30 September 2013). "Europe's nationalists seek solidarity with Scotland's independence campaign". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  3. McAlpine, Robin (18 September 2018). "Announcing a New National Campaign". Bella Caledonia. Bella Caledonia. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  4. Bell, Sean (18 September 2018). "New campaign organisation aims to take independence movement 'to the next level'". CommonSpace. CommonSpace. Retrieved 19 September 2018.
  5. "About". Voices for Scotland. Retrieved 2019-04-25.