We were thrilled to partner with the Festival of Politics to host an event in August looking at trust in politics.

Why are levels of trust in politics continuing to decline? What are the solutions for building a healthier democracy?

Chaired by the Presiding Officer, Alison Johnstone MSP, this was a frank and very timely discussion on how to strengthen our democratic system.

Other panelists were: Resham Kotecha, board member of the John Smith Centre and Head of Policy & Government Affairs, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Wise, a financial technology company. Resham stood at the Conservative Party’s youngest BME candidate in the 2015 general election and is Head of Engagement for Women2Win, an organisation working to get more women elected to Parliament.

Brian Taylor is a writer, broadcaster and lecturer. He is a columnist for The Herald and frequent broadcaster on politics and current affairs. Brian is the former Political Editor of BBC Scotland. Before joining the BBC in 1985, Brian worked in newspapers for eight years including six years as a lobby correspondent at Westminster.

Dr Fraser McMillan is a postdoctoral Research Associate at School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, working on the 2021 Scottish Election Study. His primary research interest is the role of campaign promises in representative democracy.