QUESTION Time is returning to Scotland and some interesting topics are up for discussion

SNP MP Joanna Cherry will be joining tomorrow's Question Time panel – just 28 days since the last offering of Scottish representation in the form of Alyn Smith.

She will be joined by fellow independence supporter crime writer Val McDermid, Conservative MP Tom Tugendhat, columnist Alex Massie and Labour MP Ian Murray, who is running to be the party’s deputy leader.

The show will be returning to Dundee's Caird Hall for the second time, after its audience attracting criticism on social media when last held in Dundee in 2016, with viewers complaining of a “pro-Brexit bias”.

This was seen to be at odds with Dundee’s support for Scottish independence in 2014 and for remaining in the EU.

READ MORE: Disgraceful Question Time did not reflect Yes-voting Dundee

David Dimbleby was host when the debate show was filmed in 2016, which was dominated by the upcoming Brexit referendum.

It featured a panel of some of the biggest names in Scottish politics: then Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, SNP depute leader John Swinney, Scottish Labour’s Jenny Marra, Patrick Harvie from the Scottish Greens and Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie.

It remains to be seen whether tonight's show, presented by Fiona Bruce, will be as controversial.

Here's the issues that could be discussed tonight:


THE Prime Minister's changes to his Government are set to dominate the news for the next two days and there have already been some high profile casualties, including Esther McVey and Andrea Leadsom.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack was thought likely to be one of the victims of the reshuffle but he has kept his role.

READ MORE: Alister Jack remains Scottish Secretary in cabinet reshuffle

It is likely English Tory MP Tom Tugendhat will be asked about the changes in his party. 


THE UK left the EU on January 31 and it has already caused problems for EU nationals, with the Scottish Government trying to create its own Scottish visa system.

READ MORE: Boris Johnson claims separate Scottish visa plan is 'deranged'

In Dundee, 60% of voters backed staying in the EU in 2016. The panel reflects this and it will be interesting to see whether the audience does as well. 

It's an entirely Remain-voting panel this week but there are differing views among the guests.

Tugendhat backed Remain but then went on to vote for Theresa May's withdrawal agreement on three separate occasions, while Scotland editor of the Spectator, Alex Massie, has criticised how the Tories have handled Brexit.

Edinburgh South West MP Joanna Cherry (below) brought the prorogation of parliament before lawmakers last year, resulting in the decision being cancelled.

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Crime writer Val McDermid voted against Brexit in 2016, telling The Guardian that her "rage has metamorphosed into grief" after the referendum.

Ian Murray, Scotland's only remaining Labour MP, is one of the party's most vocal anti-Brexit campaigners.

He is a fierce opponent of outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn and has previously urged members “not to vote for [me] if you are happy with the current position of the Labour party".

He launched a scathing attack on Corbyn and Richard Leonard saying the leaked UK Government economic assessments about the effects of leaving the EU prove Labour’s “jobs first Brexit” is impossible.

READ MORE: Ian Murray: Labour's ‘jobs first’ Brexit shown up as impossible


CHERRY has called on the Scottish Government to draft legislation for a consultative vote on Scottish independence, in a direct challenge to Downing Street. She said this would then force the Tory Government to go to the Supreme Court to see “whether such a referendum is lawful”.

The SNP leadership has been careful to stress any referendum must be seen as legally watertight, though earlier this month Sturgeon explicitly refused to rule out court action as she set out her preferred next steps in the campaign for independence.

READ MORE: Joanna Cherry urges SNP to force Boris Johnson into court fight

McDermid, described as the "titan of tartan noir", said she was "moved to tears" over the No vote in 2014. She has also attacked the BBC’s coverage of Nicola Sturgeon, describing one report as “insulting a politician for doing [her] job”.

This differs to Massie who causes controversy on Twitter in 2015 when he said: "Yes, the BBC (and the press in general) was prejudiced against Yes in the #indyref. And rightly so. That's its job."

Often found criticising Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP, Massie may clash with others on tonight's panel, along with Tugendhat.

Writing for The Times at the end of January, he said: “Nicola Sturgeon still insists, despite plainly observable reality, there will be another referendum on independence this year.” 

And last month he wrote in Prospect magazine that the SNP "is failing Scotland’s schoolchildren".

While he writes for a magazine that leans Conservative, Massie has often expressed mixed feelings about the Tory Party, as well as Labour.

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Murray (above) has said that independence would be "bad" for Scotland and that that demands to split Scottish Labour from the UK party are also "wrong".

Tugendhat's voting record shows he has almost always voted against transferring more powers to the Scottish Parliament. He frequently tweets about "respecting the Union".

Question Time is on BBC One at 10.35pm tonight.