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Blogs by Lucy Gilchrist

Lucy has a decade of experience in public affairs across the private, public and political sector. As part of the Conservative Party’s 2010 general election campaign, Lucy was Head of Communications for Scotland on reserved matters and based in campaign headquarters in Westminster.

  • A fair franchise?

    A fair franchise?

    | Constitution & Democracy
    Lucy Gilchrist is Chairman of The London Scottish Conservative Club. Now the date has been set, perhaps political minds could focus on the issue of the franchise for the Scottish independence referendum. For scant attention has been paid to the proposed usage of the electoral register for local government granting EU citizens who reside in ...
  • Personality driven party change?

    Personality driven party change?

    | Politics
    The Scottish Conservative & Unionist Party leadership contest was unique not just because it marked the first ever poll for members to directly elect their Leader, but because it was so closely fought.The irony of this leadership campaign has been that the very contender standing for change has been usurped ...
  • Will constitutional reform issues lead to 'electionitis' and stymie Scotland's growth?

    Will constitutional reform issues lead to 'electionitis' and stymie Scotland's growth?

    Although the initial focus on the back of the SNP’s anticipated majority tomorrow may well be around an alleged moral sanction for an independence referendum, attention may turn to the rise of English nationalism.  Frankly, who can blame the English?  Amidst a climate of unrest around ...
  • Will constitutional reform issues lead to ‘electionitis’ and stymie Scotland’s growth?

    Will constitutional reform issues lead to ‘electionitis’ and stymie Scotland’s growth?

    Although the initial focus on the back of the SNP’s anticipated majority tomorrow may well be around an alleged moral sanction for an independence referendum, attention may turn to the rise of English nationalism.  Frankly, who can blame the English?  Amidst a climate of unrest around ...
  • A healthy cross border balance

    A healthy cross border balance

    | General
    As the Prime Minister joined the election campaign trail in Scotland yesterday, I was reminded of the schism between devolved policy areas in Holyrood and Westminster.  The mutual respect agenda, advocated by David Cameron himself, includes not just recognition for policies differing north and south ...
  • Wha's like us?

    Wha's like us?

    | General
    In celebrating Burns night we are reminded of Scottish matters and the 2011 Holyrood election results may well cause more of a political shockwave than the AV referendum, not least as the outcome of the latter already seems like a foregone conclusion.With the fourth Scottish Parliamentary ...